A New Year message From Doug Wills, London Press Club chairman:
Firstly, may I wish you the very best for 2014. It promises to be another fascinating year, not least with the build-up to next year’s General Election and the Press Charter/IPSO in full debate. Last year was a good one for London Press Club with a higher profile including a new website and logo, innovative events well attended and an increase in membership. We held much-talked about debates on investigative journalism and Women in Media; launched the first In The Spotlight session with the new editor of The Sun questioned by John Pienaar; and received much acclaim and coverage for our awards lunch in May which included the presentation to Lord Coe of the inaugural Londoner of the Year award. The Press Ball in October was a momentous event at the superb venue of the Royal Courts of Justice and raised £30,000 for the Journalists’ Charity. The Club was delighted to work with significant organisations in 2013, including London&Partners, YouGov, Camelot, Barclays and Harvey Goldsmith. On the strength of the Club’s success, Skoda signed a 12-month sponsorship deal. We have now also formed a partnership with Editorial Intelligence, more details of which will be available soon.
The year ahead promises to be even better for London Press Club members, starting off with the events below. Availability of tickets is limited so please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your places today.
- Social Media as a tool for the diplomatic community, 23 January, 11.30am: In conjunction with The Diplomatic Press Attachés’ Association of London and the Embassy of Brazil. The forum will be moderated by London Press Club member Will Gore, with presentations by FCO digital media, Twiplomacy, SoMazi and Tweetminster. The event will take place at the Embassy of Brazil, 14-16 Cockspur Street, London SW1Y 5BL on at 11.30am, followed by a reception. Entry strictly by ticket only, with numbers limited. RSVP by 14 January to email@example.com.
- Social evening with Women in Journalism, 29 January, 7pm: Join us at El Vinos on Fleet Street for drinks with members of associate organisation WIJ.
- London Press Club Annual General Meeting, 4 February, 2pm. Venue: Sixth Floor, London&Partners, 2 More London Riverside. SE1 2RR. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm attendance.
- In The Spotlight with Sam Allardyce talking about the job of being a Premiership football manager. Venue and date to be confirmed.
Dates to be confirmed for debate held in conjunction with YouGov on “Publishing, paywalls and the new frontier of how to survive by making money” and debate held in conjunction with Editorial Intelligence on the fututure of social media.
The London Press Club awards lunch including the Londoner of the Year Award. Venue and date to be confirmed.