2014 Awards

It was never going to be an easy year… and 2013 didn’t disappoint on this.
You may remember that at last year’s awards I said that the London Press Club believed it was important during these difficult days to celebrate the brilliance of journalism in Britain. One look at the shortlists for today’s awards confirms our belief that we should all be proud of our industry.
As judges’ chairman Bill Hagerty says, it is a hard task to select winners when there is so much talent to choose from. I am sure you will join me in congratulating all those shortlisted.
The London Press Club has also vowed to play its role in not shirking from the hard issues facing our industry. This year we have held debates on how to keep investigative journalism in our papers, the battle of Royal Charter versus self-regulation, and the continuing arguments over whether women journalists are given a fair deal. We’ve also held forums on whether pay walls or free access to news will become the norm on the web, and how social media is setting the agenda.
We don’t kid ourselves that we will find all the answers, but we believe as journalists we should continue to debate the questions and face up to our critics. If you haven’t already, please join the London Press Club… and join the debate.

Richard Dymond

Honorary Treasurer and Director of the London Press Club and the London Press Club Ball.

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