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CEREDIGION HERALD ENDS PRINT EDITION The Ceredigion Herald has stopped its print edition and will publish only online less than two years after it started up. Other Herald newspapers – covering Llanelli, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire – are continuing in print. The Pembrokeshire paper was launched in 2013, followed in 2015 by the Carmarthenshire and Llanelli issues. The Ceredigion Herald became the group’s fourth title in 2016.

SIX MILLION LISTEN TO ECONOMIST RADIO Economist Radio has said it reaches on average six million monthly streams and downloads, as it launched a podcast series to coincide with the magazine’s The World in 2018 print publication. Economist Radio is made up of the magazine’s podcasts.

HOPKINS MOVES TO RIGHT-WING OUTLET Former MailOnline columnist Katie Hopkins, has joined right wing Canadian media website The Rebel Media. She writes a weekly column for it under the banner of her HopkinsWorld website. Other contributors to the site include former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson.

MCINERNEY LEAVES SCHOOLS WEEK Laura McInerney has left the editor’s role at Schools Week after three years. It was the first newspaper to publish the leaked Labour Party manifesto ahead of last year’s general election. Shane Mann has taken over as interim managing editor. McInerney is still working with the title as a contributing editor, writing columns and interviews.

EDITOR JACKIE HATTON DIES AT 53 Magazine editor Jackie Hatton died in January after a short illness. She was 53. Hatton, who edited Best and Woman magazines, is a former Magazine Editor of the Year She became editor of Best in 2010 and took voluntary redundancy two

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NUJ’s 60+ lobbies Jeremy Hunt on dementia care

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The NUJ supports the Alzheimer’s Society’s call for more funding for social care to improve the lives of people with dementia

he NUJ’s 60+ Council has called on Jeremy Hunt, England’s

secretary of state for health and social care, to become ‘a champion of people with dementia’, to make dementia care a priority and increase funding for social care. Following Theresa May’s

cabinet reshuffle, which gave the health secretary responsibility for social care, the council wrote to Hunt, pointing out that 1,400 patients with dementia could not be discharged from hospitals in England over Christmas because of a lack of social care, and that this highlighted the inextricable links between health and social care. They told him: “The

900,000 people in England with dementia are already the biggest recipients of social care and, by 2021, this number is expected to rise to more than one million. “The NUJ supports the Alzheimer’s Society’s call for

more funding for social care to improve the lives of people with dementia and enable them to live in their own homes for longer – thus easing pressure on the NHS and hospitals.” The letter was the latest

initiative taken by the 60+ Council since it was instructed to fulfil a 2016 delegate meeting motion ‘to lobby the UK and Irish governments for changes in policy and legislation to bring about earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment of dementia’. Jenny Sims, vice-chair, said:

“Members of the council have taken advice from Alzheimer’s societies in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland and supported their campaigns where possible.” In Wales, it made a

submission to the Welsh government’s consultation on it first National Dementia Plan. In Ireland, it called on Irish NUJ members to sign a petition lobbying the government for €40 million for dementia care in its 2018 budget.

And, in Scotland, members

attended and reported on Alzheimer Scotland’s 2017


he number of journalists killed worldwide last year fell

to the lowest level for 10 years, dropping from 93 in 2016 to 81 in 2017. The International

Federation of Journalists

welcomed the drop in loss of life, which was partly due to fewer flashpoints in highly volatile places and to the loss of ground by some armed groups, which reduced journalists’ proximity to the frontline.

between former president Saleh and the Houthi rebels, there had been a stalemate in ground fighting. In addition, the so-called Islamic state spent the year on the defensive in Syria

and Iraq, reducing contact with media workers. However, the IFJ noted that many journalists were being jailed or had to flee, and that impunity for the killings, attacks and threats were at epidemic levels.

FT honours memory of trainee T

he Financial Times has relaunched is graduate trainee scheme and named it in honour of a former trainee who died last year. Paul McClean was killed

aged 24 in a suspected crocodile attack while on

holiday in Sri Lanka in September. McClean was a London-

based reporter for the Financial Times, spending two years on the paper after joining through its graduate scheme. This has now been

renamed the Paul McClean Graduate Trainee Programme. FT editor Lionel Barber

said: “Renaming this scheme is a lasting tribute to Paul, who embodied everything we look for in a graduate trainee.”


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