Manchester newspaper seminar
On 24 May 2007 the PCC held a seminar for journalists at the Manchester Evening News. Over forty journalists - from both the MEN and a number of its sister weekly titles - attended the event, which was the latest in a series that has been running since 2005. The seminar was overseen by PCC director Tim Toulmin and Alison Hastings, former editor of the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle and previously a member of the Commission. It was organised with the close co-operation of Paul Horrocks, editor of the MEN and another former Commissioner.
After introductory remarks from Paul, Tim and Alison, participants were given a dozen cases which the PCC has dealt with over the past few years. They were asked to put themselves in the position of Commissioners and decide whether the complaints in question should be upheld or rejected. At the end of the exercise, which provoked considerable debate and discussion, Alison revealed the decisions the PCC had actually made in relation to each case.
The PCC sees its role in the ongoing training of established journalists as crucial, particularly at a time when technological advances are changing the way newsrooms operate. It is important that journalists - of all levels of experience - stay up to date with changes to the Code of Practice and are fully aware of how the PCC interprets the Code. Seminars like the one held in Manchester are a useful way in which these goals can be achieved.
Delegates at the Manchester Seminar for journalists