ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN  JOURNALISTS

UNITED KINGDOM SECTION

The AEJ is active across Europe. Please visit www.aej.org and check AEJ Newsletters to see what it is doing for its members

HOME

AEJ IN UK

NEWS/EVENTS

PAST EVENTS

AEJ IN EUROPE

MEDIA FREEDOM

EUROPE DIARY

CONTACT

MEMBERSHIP

BLOGS & BRIEFINGS

LINKS

INT'L AEJ NEWS

SURVEY

WPF DAY

 

Chairman's report to the 2008 Annual General Meeting

 

2008 was a busy and rewarding year for our members, marked especially by the glittering AEJ 40th birthday party in October, the brainchild of some of our older members who have personal memories of its inception. We staged the party together with the FPA who are positively antique in comparison – they marked their 120th birthday at the same occasion. The Foreign Secretary, many ambassadors and former guest speakers at our meetings were among our guests, and they all got to know the AEJ better thanks to that splendid occasion.

I am very pleased that our regular professional lunch meetings with newsmakers and public figures were consistently well attended in 2008. I believe that reflects the range and quality of the speakers, as well as the coordinated efforts of the elected officers of the Section and of David Lennon, who took on the role of Events Director early in the year and has been extremely effective. My special thanks go to him, and to our Secretary Celia Hampton. In addition to the regular work of arranging lunchtime briefings and distributing timely information about other media opportunities and invitations to members, Celia's webmastering has made the Section's website both attractive and up to date – a real example of multi-skilling.

The AEJ's profile is indeed on the rise, as shown by our strong and active links with the Foreign Press Association, the European Commission, numerous foreign embassies and other organisations. As chairman of the UK Section, I agreed during last year to be on the jury of the FPA's UK Press Awards as well as the Reuters-UACES (University Association of Contemporary European Studies) prize for "Reporting Europe".

 

 

Our membership is at a historically high level, and it is good to see quite a few new faces attending our recent events.

At the AEJ's international Assembly and Congress in Linz, Austria, I helped to organise a session on the worrying increase in threats to media freedom, focusing on acute problems in several countries where the AEJ has active branches. The event helped to consolidate the AEJ's role as one of the journalists' organisations that provide information to help the Council of Europe to formulate its policies and standards on media matters. Quite a few UK Section members took part in the debates in Linz, and the texts of several specially-written reports on Journalism At Risk, Public Broadcasting, and Declining Trust in the Media are available on the international AEJ website www.aej.org as well as our own www.aej-uk.org

Once again I ask members to remember that the AEJ works through the voluntary efforts of its elected officers and the goodwill and support of members. Last year was a good one both on a professional and on a social level. There is every chance that the coming year will be at least as good.

 

 

William Horsley  

Chairman, AEJ UK Section  

 

 

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting

Secretary's report for the AGM

Secretary's report on the UK Section's activities for the AEJ Congress

Meetings