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04 September 2009


Journalists at BYM - preview
If we do not allow journalists to be present at Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM), are we behaving as a secret society? The fact that our business method, held in worship, may be unfamiliar to some journalists is no reason to close our doors to them
  • We do not, after all, disallow anyone from attending Meetings for Worship
  • If we are afraid that we might behave differently if they are present, that surely is a sad reflection on us?

    When BYM was at Warwick University some years ago, May Youett and I were co-press officers: a difficult task
  • I felt then that reporting of YM for the national/regional media should not exclusively be done in-house
  • So much of what we now read in newspapers, hear in the news or collect online comes from in-house press handouts
  • This ‘churnalism’ restricts democracy in a fundamental way
  • which is insidious because it is unseen by all not directly involved
  • Journalists need opportunity to engage actively and intelligently with institutions, councils and organisations

  • Ruth I Johns

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