Chairman’s Review of 2017

This year was never going to be a quiet one! It began with the cheers of the Trump team and the Brexit campaigners still ringing in our ears … but no one, especially the pundits, predicted that the news agenda could scale even greater heights of revelations during 2017.

The awfulness of the terror attacks, the tragedy of Grenfell, the pollsters’ pain on seeing the General Election polling shock, the cheer around Prince Harry’s engagement – it’s been another phenomenal year for headlines. I hope you will agree that the London Press Club has done its best to showcase the brilliance of journalism.

We paid tribute to the outstanding writers and editors at the annual London Press Club Awards Lunch, raised funds at the sparkling Press Ball that hit a four-year target of £100,000 in aid of the Journalists’ Charity and listened spellbound at the outstanding oratory of BBC’s Jim Naughtie giving the Cudlipp Lecture.

Other events staged by the Club that also created as well as dealt with the headlines included George Osborne answering questions in a Q&A chaired by Andrew Marr on his journey from Chancellor to Editor; political columnists explaining in a debate at the Reuters building why this year it was “The Readers wot Won It” when it came to choosing the Government; and broadcaster and writer June Sarpong on why the media is failing on diversity.

Whatever 2018 has in store, the Press Club will continue to provide a platform for the issues at the heart of our business. As a sample of things to come, here are two evening events for your diary:
Monday 19 February: Are women getting fair opportunities and pay in journalism? This year’s annual London Press Club debate at Stationers’ Hall will be in association with Women in Journalism, the Society of Editors and Miriam Gonzalez’ Inspiring Girls campaign.
Wednesday 21 March: The Cudlipp Lecture given by James Harding at the British Library.

Like the 2018 news agenda, there are exciting events ahead. Keep looking at londonpressclub.co.uk

Doug Wills
Chairman, London Press Club

Richard Dymond

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

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