Archive for February 18th, 2013

When we won a couple of awards at the East London Advertiser a few years back, we sent a cheeky press release about our achievements to Tower Hamlets council’s East End Life. “Local business wins national awards,” was its gist.

Slightly embarrassingly, I can’t remember if they ever published it (I seem to recall they did, but that might well owe more to my high regard for its editor, Laraine Clay, than any reality).

As the paper is quite rightly packed with little pieces about the work of Tower Hamlets residents being recognised at a national level, this morning I’m going to send them the following press release:

Bow man shortlisted for prestigious journalism award

Bow resident Ted Jeory has been shortlisted for the prestigious Paul Foot award for his Trial by Jeory blog about Tower Hamlets politics. The award was set up by Private Eye and the Guardian in memory of Foot’s passion for campaigning and investigative journalism.

Ted, who is also the Home Affairs Editor for the Sunday Express, has been named on a shortlist of eight campaigns, with the winner due to be announced on February 26. 

He established the blog in 2010, two years after leaving the borough’s main local newspaper, the East London Advertiser.

Since then, it has established a solid fan base, including Mayor Lutfur Rahman who regularly refers to it in the council chamber. 

It also features regularly in Private Eye, which highlights stories about council spending and expenses claims by senior town hall officers.

Ted said: “If this press release appears in East End Life, I’ll promise to say something nice about the council. And then carry on. Thanks to Tower Hamlets council for playing such a part in this recognition.”

I wonder.

Anyway, as I tweeted this morning, many thanks to all readers and anonymous tipsters. Keep those brown envelopes coming through…

Here’s how the Guardian reported the shortlisting this morning:

Eight campaigns are on the shortlist for the Paul Foot award, set up by Private Eye and the Guardian in Foot’s memory: Tom Bergin, Thomson Reuters (for reporting on tax avoidance by Starbucks); Jonathan CalvertHeidi Blake, Sunday Times (ex-generals lobbying for MoD contracts); Ted Jeory, Trial by Jeory blog (politics in one London borough); Alexi MostrousFay Schlesinger, the Times (tax avoidance schemes); Claire Newell, Graeme Paton, Holly Watt and Robert Winnett, Daily Telegraph (exam boards); Andrew Norfolk, the Times (sexual exploitation of teenage girls); Rob Waugh, Yorkshire Post (scandals involving local police and Acpo); and Stephen Wright, Daily Mail (15 years’ coverage of the Stephen Lawrence case).

Judged by Brian MacArthur (chair), Clare Fermont, Bill Hagerty, Ian Hislop and Alan Rusbridger, the £5,000 award for investigative and campaigning journalism will be presented on 26 February, with £1,000 going to each of the runners-up.

The judges also longlisted and commended: Kaya Burgess, the Times (Cities Fit for Cycling campaign); David Cohen, Evening Standard (Ladder for London campaign aiding young unemployed); Gareth Davies, Croydon Advertiser (Lillian’s Law anti-drug-driving campaign); Ed Hammond and Caroline Binham, Financial Times (the SFO and the Tchenguiz brothers); and Harry Wilson and Richard Tyler, Sunday and Daily Telegraph (interest swap mis-selling).

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