Dinsmore To Call For Reset In Perception Of Journalism




In an article for Journalism Matters, News Media Association chairman David Dinsmore will highlight the threat to journalists across the globe and call for a “reset” in the way journalism is viewed.

In an article for the NMA campaign, which launches on 13 May, Mr Dinsmore will highlight examples of the benefits of journalism to society such as the campaigns showcased for the Making a Difference award.

But, he will say, these benefits are threatened by instances of physical violence and imprisonment of  journalists across the globe, citing the example of the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland as a “chilling” example of the dangers faced by reporters.  

Mr Dinsmore said: “This year, the industry has come together to launch Journalism Matters – a new campaign designed to highlight the importance of journalism to our democratic society. I hope this initiative will trigger a much-needed reset in the way journalists and journalism are viewed.”

The piece will be made available for NMA national and local members to run in their titles during the week of Journalism Matters which kicks off on 13 May.  A guide for newspapers on how to take part is available on the Journalism Matters website

Initiatives for the campaign include the Making a Difference public vote for the best local newspaper campaign of the past year and the #trustednewsday on 16 May when journalists across the industry will highlight to readers how trusted new is produced.

The winner of the Making a Difference award will be announced at the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards on 17 May.