Press Club makes headlines

With over 130 years’ experience of creating news stories in a variety of media, the London Press Club has been making headlines of its own again in the last week.

Tomorrow’s Press Club/YouGov debate Is paid-for news content the right strategy for commercial success? was the starting point for the lead article in the Observer’s media section. Peter Preston described the issue as “the big, nagging question that journalists obsess over”. Read the Observer article in full.

Andrew Neil will chair the debate, taking place at the British Library tomorrow evening 6.15pm for 6.45pm, with a panel including Katie Vanneck-Smith, chief marketing officer, News UK; Kate Robertson, co-global president, Havas Worldwide; Nic Newman, digital strategist, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University; and Zach Leonard, managing director digital, London Evening Standard, The Independent and i. Final places can be reserved by emailing opinionformers@yougov.com.

While recommending the event, Preston got to the crux of this complicated issue, adding: “don’t expect crisp conclusions. This is work in bemusing process”. The results of a YouGov survey on online news will be unveiled at the start of the debate.

Meanwhile the Club’s decision to halve its membership rates was also picked up by the Guardian’s Roy Greenslade and Press Gazette. “Under (chairman Doug) Wills, the club has shown a determination to return to its former glories,” wrote Greenslade. Read the Guardian and Press Gazette articles.

Next up for the Press Club after tomorrow’s debate and the fully subscribed attaches reception at Northcliffe House is After Leveson, is there a future for the Press? on April 14 with panelists including Simon Heffer, Sun managing editor Stephen Abell and Liz Hunt. Email info@londonpressclub.co.uk to reserve your place.

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