Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Guest Speaker-Sue Roberts

Sue Roberts from The Press Complaints Commission office in London came to speak to us about her role and a little about what the 'Editors Code of Practice' was about.

You can go online and explore the wonderful facts that Sue explained to us at www.pcc.org.uk. The website gives you information about the PCC. They deal with complaints from the members of the public, mostly about the contents of the recently edited newspapers and magazines. In 2006, the PCC recieved around 3325 complaints in 2006. Sue gave us information on how the services were quick and easy to use, and most importantly, free. The PCC try and deal with the complaints within 35 working days.
Sue gave us a handout which informed us on the codes of practice. There are 16 regulations to look at and take into consideration. The PCC is an independant company, it's also re-active, it's available on the internet and it deals with newspapers and magazines. The code of practice is now in every journalists' contract, to stick by. They regulate itself, there was a freedom of expression, but up until the 1950's when a body press code was formed and it was not respected. Now there is a loss in the freedom of expression.
The codes of practice is reviewed every year, the last review was completed August 1st 2007 and it has to be completed within all fairness.
To understand what the practicallities are, to be able to 'press' the editor on, so therefore meaning to make sure it's the correct writing and also there is a crossover of great support.
Every complaint is investigated under the editors' Code of Practice, this therefore connects all the national and regional newspapers and magazines together. The Code of Practice is actually formed by the editors, it covers how the news is brought together and how it is reported.

Sunday, 28 October 2007

Guest Speaker-Jilly Easterby

Having recently listened to Jilly Easterby, the head of communications in University College Falmouth.
Being a English Graduate, Jilly went onto working as a publisher in London. She said she used to deal with 'stroppy' celebrities, the likes of Bob Geldolf, Boy George and Betty Davis.
Jilly also worked at the Daily Express, suggesting books for lists and circulation. She had no experience on being a journalist. No idea what was going to hit her, she had an interview with Jimmy Hendrix's former girlfriend, Kathy Etchenam. She uncovered stories on Jimmy, which was seen to be a great deal.

Jilly gave us interesting facts on what she does in and around the college, this included things like; being the editor of the University's prospectus, sorting out the photographs, the colour and what the young people are into. She also hires photographers and designers, tries her best to communicate with the parents of the students who want to attend the college, along with the European MP's and the local community.
She informs us that this is a rewarding, but multitasking job and can be very difficult to manage too many things at once. Jilly also produces things for the university's website. Along with sorting out all of these, she manages to work with the community relations, community delvelopment, this involves what is being done about putting 'Falmouth on the map', trying to find out what peoples' expectations are around Falmouth for the university.