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Attorney General at City University London: full text

In City University London, Events, Journalism, Law on December 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

The Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, spoke about the “balancing act” of Contempt at City University London on Thursday night. Predictably, his comments on uncertainties around reporting Parliament made the headlines.

…for the journalists amongst your number, a note of caution – it is still an open question as to whether something said in Parliament in breach of a court order may be repeated in the press. The privilege to report Parliamentary proceedings, which is provided by the Parliamentary Papers Act and protects Hansard, does not necessarily extend to all publications which are not published by order of Parliament. It is likely that it does extend to a fair and accurate report of proceedings in Parliament. But just because something has been said does not mean it can be repeated out of context. This question has yet to be authoritatively decided but will shortly be considered further by Parliament. But in the interim – writer beware!

He also covered why we have Contempt law; the right to press freedom and the right to a fair trial; recent Contempt prosecutions; and the “inexorable rise of the internet and the citizen journalist”.

The full speech can be found below. has a report here. People were tweeting around the tag #cityattorney.

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François Nel’s project wins IPI News Innovation Contest 2011

In Announcements, Awards, Journalism on December 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm

François Nel, founding director of the Journalism Leaders Programme at the University of Central Lancashire, has secured £64,000 funding to establish the Media and Digital Enterprise (MADE) which will “equip digital innovators with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills required to start up and sustain innovative new journalistic enterprises in the public interest”.

The project is one of three winners of the inaugural International Press Institute’s News Innovation Contest, funded from a grant by Google.

Over the course of the next year, the MADE project will, in the first instance, offer up to 60 news entrepreneurs training in data-driven journalism, online community engagement and digital business development.

Next, 10 high-potential entrepreneurs will be selected to receive up to £3,000 in software and business development support, as well as mentoring through UCLan’s award-winning Northern Lights business incubation support team Digital Editors Network

Finally, the experiences of the project participants will be shared through detailed case study reports and presentations at Digital Editors Network networking events.

François has outlined the aims of the project over on the Digital Editors’ Network blog.

François is also a doctoral research student here at City University London and supervised by CLJJ director, Professor Howard Tumber. His research considers issues that arise in the space where journalism, leadership and technology intersect.

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