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#followjourn: Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker/business writer

#followjourn: Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker

Who? Business, travel and sailing writer (Updated 6/7/2010) Business and finance writer.

What? Former deputy editor at Business Traveller and sub-editor at the Independent, who is now a freelance journalist and editor. Fitzgeorge-Parker has had various articles published in the Daily Telegraph, CNBC Business online, EuroWeek, Euromoney and Business Traveller.

Where? Click here to see more about Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker.

Contact? Follow @lucyfparker.

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#followjourn: Christopher Hope/Whitehall editor

#followjourn: Christopher Hope

Who? Whitehall editor of the Daily Telegraph

What? Christopher Hope joined the Daily Telegraph in October 2003, and has since been their business correspondent, industry editor, home affairs correspondent, home affairs editor, and now Whitehall editor. He has also been published in the Guardian and the Sunday Telegraph.

Where? Read a selection of Hope’s articles at the Telegraph online.

Contact? Follow @ChristopherHope

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#followjourn: Angela Corrias/freelance journalist

#followjourn: Angela Corrias

Who? Freelance journalist, traveler and photographer.

What? Corrias is an accomplished travel, political and lifestyle writer, with her own travel blog, Travel Calling. After studying International Relations and Globalisation at London Metropolitan University, Corrias worked her way up to become a journalist for Herald de Paris. Being fluent in Italian, French and English has allowed for a life of travelling.

Where? Learn more about Corrias and read a selection of her articles here on her website.

Contact? Follow @angelacorrias

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Round-up: Reaction to GMG Regionals sale to Trinity Mirror

Trinity Mirror’s acquisition of Guardian Media Group’s regional businesses, including Manchester Evening News publisher MEN Media, and plans to relocate MEN Media staff to Oldham has stirred mass discussion amongst media commentators online. Below are links breaking down the fundamental aspects of the story:

The Guardian’s Steve Busfield covers the imminent MEN move, reporting claims by Carolyn McCall, the chief executive of Guardian Media Groups, that the £44.8m sale of GMG is in the best interests of GMG Regional Media.

Holdthefrontpage.co.uk has a statement from Bethan Dorsett, organiser of the NUJ chapel at MEN Media Weeklies, and Judith Gordon, director of the MEN chapel, describing their concerns for MEN staff.

The Drum covers the various reactions produced by the deal, questioning whether Trinity got a good deal or gained a dying media group, including comments from analyst Jim Chisholm, who told the Drum it was “a great deal for Trinity Mirror” though “not such a great reflection of the way the regional print industry is today viewed”.

On Press Gazette, the financial benefits of the deal to GMG and Trinity Mirror – pointing towards the FT’s analysis of the sale, which considers the issue of consolidation, but comes down in favour of TM saying it was a bargain for the group.

Crain’s Manchester business takes notice of the exclusion of Channel M in the GMG sale to Trinity Mirror. Channel M lost GMG a significant amount of money since it’s launch and its segregation has left questions being asked about the channels future.

Pay cuts and Twitter policy leave Thomson Reuters facing union action in US

Thomson Reuters in the US has been referred to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by the Newspaper Guild of New York for planned cutbacks to the pay packages of journalists and other workers that are members of the union.

The reduced payments work out at roughly 10 per cent per worker, says the Guild, which has been in contract negotiations with the agency for more than a year, in a release.

In June 2009, Boston’s Newspaper Guild made a similar charge and challenged a pending 23 per cent pay cut proposed by The New York Times. The two parties reached an agreement in July with the pay cut reduced, but Guild members were left fearful for their jobs after the elimination of lifetime job guarantees for approximately 170 employees was also agreed.

But in this instance Reuters isn’t only facing charges by the Guild over changes to pay: the agency has also been brought to task by the Guild for its social media policy, which bans employees from updating personal Twitter accounts with posts which, in the words of the company, ‘would damage the reputation of Reuters News or Thomas Reuters’.

As the statement from the Guild points out:

A union activist was “reminded” of the policy after responding to a senior manager’s call to “join the (Twitter) conversation on making Reuters the best place to work” with a tweet that said: “One way to make this the best place to work is to deal honestly with Guild members.”

Melvyn Bragg to receive Media Society Award for 2010

Author, journalist and media personality, Melvyn Bragg, will receive the Media Society Award for 2010 to recognise his long-standing contributions to the industry.

With 20 published novels, 32 years at the helm of The South Bank Show and his present post at BBC Radio 4’s program, Our Time, under his belt – the accolade is a timely nod to Bragg’s influence across the industry.

Annually bestowed upon an individual for outstanding contributions to the media, Bragg finds himself in good company, with those in previous receipt of the award including Sir David Frost, Jon Snow, Sir Michael Parkinson and last year’s winner, Jeremy Paxman.

“Bragg’s contribution is immeasurable; his formidable journalistic skills have engaged our intellect across the broad sweep of all forms of art and culture. He is our chronicler of arts – a cornerstone of cultural programming and thought,” says president of the Media Society, Geraldine Sharpe Newton, in an announcement.

Bragg will receive his award on 3 June.