Shortlist announced for Media Freedom Awards 2022

The shortlist has today been announced for the Society of Editors’ prestigious Media Freedom Awards.

Launched earlier this year, the Awards set the benchmark for a celebration of UK public interest journalism and shine a light on the crucial role that UK journalists play in promoting media freedom, championing the public’s right to know and holding power to account.

Recognising excellence across 21 categories including freedom of information, campaigns and investigations, the awards will bring together more than 200 journalists from all sectors of the news media industry for a high-profile champagne reception, dinner and ceremony at the Globe Theatre in London on the evening of 9 November 2022.

Announcing the shortlist, Dawn Alford, Executive Director of the Society, ABOVE RIGHT,  said: “The nominees for the Media Freedom Awards not only illustrate the excellence of UK public interest journalism, but they also highlight the exceptional courage and determination of journalists both at home and abroad to go to extreme lengths to ensure a story is told despite the difficulties, dangers and barriers they often face in doing so.  We look forward to welcoming all those shortlisted – and their colleagues – to the ceremony on 9 November to honour their achievements.”

Visit the shortlist here

Tony Gallagher appointed Editor of The Times 

Tony Gallagher has this week been appointed editor of The Times.
Gallagher joined The Times in 2020 as deputy editor and previously served as editor-in-chief of The Sun from 2015. He joined The Sun from the Daily Mail where he was deputy editor, and from 2009-2014 he was editor of the Daily Telegraph.
Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman News Corp, said:“Tony is an exceptional editor with an expert and experienced eye on creating the best news package. His deft approach will be an asset to The Times in the years ahead.”
Tony Gallagher said: “I am delighted and enormously proud to take on the editorship of The Times, the first paper I subscribed to as a teenage schoolboy. I am acutely conscious of the heritage of The Times but the title also has an exciting future. We have made significant strides with our digital transition – and there are more to come – but world-class storytelling will always be at the heart of what we do. With the most talented newsroom on Fleet Street, I am confident we can succeed in delivering for Times readers. Thank you to Rupert, Robert and Rebekah for their faith in me.”
Gallagher’s predecessor John Witherow was this week announced as the new chairman of Times Newspapers.

Booking Open for Women in Journalism’s upcoming events 

Booking is still open for Women in Journalism’s upcoming events which include. discussions next week on What Women Journalists Face to Ensure the Truth is Told on October 3rd and a panel discussion on Menopause in the Newsroom on October 5.
The event on 3 October will kick-off the The Daphne Festival in honour of the fifth anniversary since the murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The event will hear from Galizia’s son as well as Rana Ayyub, an Indian investigative journalist and opinion columnist with The Washington Post and Rebecca Vincent, Director of Operations and Campaigns at Reporters Without Border.
To view all the WIJ’s upcoming events, visit their website here.

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