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Sunday, March 26, 2017

A call to Shailesh Vara MP and Stewart Jackson MP to back Early Day Motion 1109 LOCAL NEWS MATTERS

Parliament UK

Early Day Motion 1109


The Peterborough Tribune is backing the NUJ  'local news matters' campaign in an attempt to save the last few salaried and freelance journalistic newspaper and broadcasting jobs in our region. 


We strongly urge all local residents to URGENTLY contact their Members of Parliament by e-mail, telephone and /or letter. The local MPs' are Shailesh Vara MP and Stewart Jackson MP asking them to positively back this Early Day Motion 1109.

We are sending a copy of this post to our MPs so they are fully aware.

Simply if they do not, then their own constituency and parliamentary activities will in the future not be fully reported, as local news journalist posts are under threat and in the process of being lost.


Consider that over three hundred Local newspaper titles have been closed down by publishers, during the last decade. The BBC is also shedding staff news journalist posts and in future will increasingly rely on outside agency writers and reporters. 


Once busy newsrooms reporting on every Council Meeting (and that of Committees) constantly interviewing and questioning local councillors and the highly-paid council executives who in this region seem to have misspent or wasted many millions of taxpayers public money but at the same time voting through eye watering amounts in cash allowances to feather their own lifestyles.   


Other skilled shorthand writers used to regularly attend local Courts. Now in many places, not all, newsrooms resemble a moribund office, devoid of skilled writers, and these days staffed with little more than 'content scrapers' who are tasked with plundering the Internet at large, for 'content towers.', or PR hand outs to fill their columns. Increasingly it becomes 'click bait'  acres of 'content' for a distant publishers highly commercial website.


Increasingly edited from a distant 'news' hub, which in future will be many hundreds of miles away from MPs constituencies and by people with little or no  local knowledge, and therefore unlikely to engage and question local councillors and politicians.   

  • Session: 2016-17
  • Date tabled: 23.03.2017
  • Primary sponsor: Goodman, Helen
  • Sponsors:
    • Bottomley, Peter
    • Saville Roberts, Liz
    • Lucas, Caroline
    • Lewis, Clive
    • Maskell, Rachael

That this House celebrates the importance of quality local and regional news and whether provided online, by photographers, newspapers or local broadcasters;

 believes that access to local and regional news is essential to the quality of life, informed citizenship, and promotion of a flourishing of democracy in all our communities;

recognises the challenges posed to the sustainability of local news provision; notes that a study by Press Gazette shows that over 300 local newspaper titles have closed over the past decade, with other titles reducing the frequency of publication;

further notes that thousands of editorial roles have been lost, together with widespread reduction to the staffing levels associated with front­line reporters based in the community, picture desk editors and photographers;

regrets the impact of moving the production of local news out of localities they serve which effects the quality of news coverage;

and supports the National Union of Journalists’ Local News Matters campaign, which urges Government devolved bodies and local authorities, to take active steps to support sustainable investment in professional local and regional news provision online, in newspapers and on radio and television. E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .
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ampoon (lampoon) Pronunciation: /lamˈpuːn/ verb [with object] publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the actor was lampooned by the press noun a speech or text lampooning someone or something: the magazine fired at God, Royalty, and politicians, using cartoons and lampoons.

Derivatives: lampooner noun lampoonery noun lampoonist noun Origin: mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons 'let us drink' (used as a refrain), from lamper 'gulp down', nasalized form of laper 'to lap (liquid).


NUJ Code of Conduct

The NUJ's Code of Conduct has set out the main principles of British and Irish journalism since 1936.

The code is part of the rules and all journalists joining the union must sign that they will strive to adhere to the it.

Members of the National Union of Journalists are expected to abide by the following professional principles:

A journalist:

1 At all times upholds and defends the principle of media freedom, the right of freedom of expression and the right of the public to be informed

2 Strives to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fair

3 Does her/his utmost to correct harmful inaccuracies

4 Differentiates between fact and opinion

5 Obtains material by honest, straightforward and open means, with the exception of investigations that are both overwhelmingly in the public interest and which involve evidence that cannot be obtained by straightforward means

6 Does nothing to intrude into anybody's private life, grief or distress unless justified by overriding consideration of the public interest

7 Protects the identity of sources who supply information in confidence and material gathered in the course of her/his work

8 Resists threats or any other inducements to influence, distort or suppress information and takes no unfair personal advantage of information gained in the course of her/his duties before the information is public knowledge

9 Produces no material likely to lead to hatred or discrimination on the grounds of a person's age, gender, race, colour, creed, legal status, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation

10 Does not by way of statement, voice or appearance endorse by advertisement any commercial product or service save for the promotion of her/his own work or of the medium by which she/he is employed

11 A journalist shall normally seek the consent of an appropriate adult when interviewing or photographing a child for a story about her/his welfare

12 Avoids plagiarism The NUJ believes a journalist has the right to refuse an assignment or be identified as the author of editorial that would break the letter or spirit of the code.

The NUJ will fully support any journalist disciplined for asserting her/his right to act according to the code

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(As modified at Delegate Meeting 2011)