News publishers have united at an Oireachtas event to highlight the challenges facing journalism in Ireland.More than 30 representatives from Ireland’s local and national news publishing industry - including CEOs, editors, and journalists - attended the event. Organised by NewsBrands Ireland and Local Ireland, the representative bodies for the national and local news publishing industries, the group highlighted practical steps the government could take to ensure a sustainable future for journalism in Ireland. The suggestions included:Reduce VAT on print and digital newspapers to 5% in Budget 2020. Ultimately reduce VAT on printed newspapers to 0% as is the case in Britain and other EU countries.Complete the long overdue review of the Defamation Act. It’s now almost three years since the review was announced and 40 submissions were made to the Department of Justice. The laws, as they currently are, have a chilling effect on democracy and a free press.Extend the brief of the … [Read more...] about Publishers call for urgent review of defamation laws
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LaSALLE – Shaw Media has agreed to acquire the NewsTribune and the Illinois and Indiana AgriNews weekly publications from Catherine Miller and Miller Group Media, company leaders announced Monday. The sale is expected to close Sunday, Sept. 1. Terms were not disclosed. The acquisition of the publications adds to Crystal Lake-based Shaw's network of daily and weekly newspapers and specialty publications, which cover 15 counties across northern Illinois, as well as part of Iowa. The company's daily newspaper holdings include LaSalle County's other 5-day-a-week newspaper, The Times of Ottawa, as well as the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, The Herald-News in Joliet, Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, the Telegraph in Dixon and the Daily Gazette in Sterling. "We are honored to be able to continue the legacy of the Miller family in the Illinois Valley," Shaw President and CEO John Rung said. "The NewsTribune has established a high bar of journalistic standards, and its print and digital … [Read more...] about Shaw Media to buy LaSalle NewsTribune from Miller Group Media
PUBLISHED: 14:33 16 August 2019 Ben Jolley A JustGiving page set up in memory of Ely's most famous cat, Garfield aka Mr Sainsbury's, has raised nearly £2,000 for the charity Cats Protection. Picture: JUSTGIVING. Archant A JustGiving page set up in memory of Ely's most famous cat has raised nearly £2,000 for the charity Cats Protection. The Garfield Memorial Fund, which has a target of £4,664, has so far raised £1,842 for the charity because it was a cause that Garfield and his owner had supported.A post on the page reads: "Garfield, Ely's most famous cat, was known and loved by thousands if people, around the world. He was a media star and featured in his own books"He was clever, friendly and a great character and he was a great supporter of Cat's Protection in Ely. You may also want to watch: "When Garfield tragically died on July 2, 2019, those who knew and loved him most wanted his legacy to live on and for the death of this … [Read more...] about Garfield’s legacy lives on
Rod Liddle 20 July 2019 10:45 PM 20 July 2019 10:45 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp The following tweet comes from a very talented US author: ‘The irony that in T***p Dark Age with its public expressions of hatred, bigotry, & cruelty literary publishers hire “sensitivity readers” to peruse upcoming books for “insensitivity.”’ That’s Joyce Carol Oates. A great writer. A great writer who does not know the meaning of the word irony. It is not an irony that this has happened in the age of the man whose name you cannot bring yourself to write. It is because of this totalitarian impulse on the part of the media, publishers, journos, academia and so on that T***p is your president. Because people less gilded and talented than you, Joyce, are sick to the back teeth of this egregious illiberal shite, this closing down of debate, this hair trigger sensitivity. Wake up, Joyce. See also ironyJoyce Carol … [Read more...] about Does J***e C***l O***s understand irony?
Isabel Hardman 1 July 2019 7:08 PM 1 July 2019 7:08 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Theresa May has just a handful of days left as Prime Minister, but is still trying to secure a domestic legacy for herself. She is doing this in a last-minute manner that makes David Cameron’s famous essay crises look incredibly well-organised. Last week, she called for better design rules to prevent ‘tiny homes’ being built, which sounded odd given as Prime Minister she could feasibly have introduced some rules herself. May would say that her beef is with local government, not her own failure, when it comes to the lack of quality in newly-built homes. Localism is very convenient when it allows you to blame someone else for not doing something. She would also have a number of convenient excuses for failing to get the Domestic Abuse Bill, which was supposed to be the flagship piece of legislation in the last Queen’s Speech, onto the … [Read more...] about Theresa May’s last-minute legacy panic