Journalists’ Tales

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TV, radio and print journalists talk about media ethics.





Film type:

Colour / Sound

Master format:

1 Inch Type C


We hear members of the public giving their opinions of journalists over images of journalists standing with film crews, writing in notebooks etc.
Marc Wadsworth, a television journalist, talks about the importance of fair and balanced reporting, later touching on his time working at the Daily Mail. He goes on to mention the unions’ Ethics Council and the Campaign for Real People. We see journalists outside BBC Television Centre taking part in a strike against censorship. Lesley Wood, a spokesperson for the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom talks of her belief that media workers should be challenged and made aware of their responsibility to the public. TV journalist Vincent Hanna explains the importance of the strike. Lesley Wood describes the ‘filtering mechanisms’ that operate in TV news. Roger Walker and Nicole Pullman, radio journalists at BRMB Birmingham, explain the strike they’re taking part in to keep local news on local radio. Lesley Stephenson, a radio journalist talks about the importance of women fighting their cause through union membership. Steve Bell animations appear throughout.


Thanks to:
Vincent Hanna, Nicole Pullman, Lesley Stevenson, Marc Wadsworth, Roger Walker, Lesley Wood

...other members of the NUJ, the public and the Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom who helped make this tape:
Picture Post, Hackenbacker, Picturehead, Studio Film Labs, Mag Masters, Bob Godfrey Films Limited, The Barge

Animation Production:
Lynn Anderson, Jean Ashby, John Bennet, Steve Bell, Angela Bristow, Lou Catling, Bridget Colgan-Connor, John Cousen, Kate Cowan, John Challis, Christine Dawe, Wendy Ellis, Lucy Elvin, Jimmy Farrington, Tony Fish, Julian Gibbs, Bob Godfrey, Beryl Godfrey, Jeff Goldner, Sally Grace, Denise Hambry, Malcolm Hartley, Mike Hayes, Peter Hearn, Simon Ward-Horner, The Joeys, Jenny Lecoat, Sarah Malthouse, Simon Moon, Les Newstead, Sidney Parsons, Stephanie Peate, Pat Petronio, Pat Shaveren, Rose Shepheard, Kevin Smith, Rick Villeneuve, Bill Wallis, Roy Watford, Sue Way

Documentary Production:
Robbie Burns, Marian Hall, Roger Kline, Dave Rushton, Ian Walsie, Mike Wools

And our sponsors:
National Union of Journalists
Channel 4

© Animation Characters Steve Bell
© Birmingham Trade Union Resource Centre 1985
A TURC video production