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NAPA's call to boycott Independent in row over lifting of court case

  13 July 2017
The Chairman of the National Association of Press Agencies (NAPA) has called on freelance journalists to boycott the Independent in protest at its refusal to pay a news agency for one of its stories. Jon Harris accused the online publication – which is not signed up to a press regulator - of behaving like the ‘’operators of a Dickensian workhouse’’ after it used without payment, court copy which had been filed to another website by North Wales based journalist Glyn Bellis. In a statement to the UKPG earlier this week the Independent admitted sourcing Bellis’ copy from Wales online but claimed it didn’t have to pay his .....Read More

Indy 'lift' NAPA agency copy - then refuse to pay

  10 July 2017
The Independent has refused to pay a NAPA agency for use of a report of a court case it “lifted” from a website claiming ''there is no copyright in news”. Derek Bellis of Bellis News Agency said he was the only journalist in court in Llandudno for the case of a 50-year-old man who placed barbed wire across a forest cycle path. But although the agency was paid for use of the story by Wales Online, it was then followed up by the Independent which appeared to take all the details of the case from the report. The Indy's version included a link to Wales Online in the fourth paragraph of its piece, quoted from evidence heard in court and.....Read More

Sun Editor hails NAPA journalists as 'unsung heroes' at 12th NAPA awards

  22 May 2017
Sun editor Tony Gallagher paid tribute to news agency journalists as the industry’s “unsung heroes” at the National Association of Press Agency awards. Many of the journalists winning prizes saw staff journalists’ bylines placed on their work. But winner of exclusive of the year, Anna Verdon of Ferrari Press, was given a joint front-page Sun byline for her story about serial killer Levi Bellfield accusing the police of upsetting the family of one his victims. Gallagher’s said in his speech: “In my view, press agencies are the unsung heroes of the UK news industry. Like newspaper editors, you perform your task best by not at.....Read More

SWNS claim four prizes at NAPA awards

  19 May 2016
Press agency SWNS won four out of the six prizes up for grabs at the 11th National Association of Press Agency Aawards in London on May 13.   Deputy Features Editor Harriet Rose-Gale (pictured below with guest speaker Barry Rabbetts executive editor of The Daily Mirror) claimed two NAPA awards: Feature of the Year for her story about Bobbi Woodley who was sexually and mentally abused by her father over 30 years and The Kevin Fitzpatrick Award for her work on mistaken acid attack victim Andreas Christopheros (see below). Ferrari News’s Adam Gillham (below with Rabbetts) won Exclusive Story of the Year with his piece about the decision by prison off.....Read More

Ferrari hails work of NAPA agencies

  18 May 2015
Radio presenter and former news editor of Sky News Nick Ferrari has paid tribute to the 'crucial' work of Britain's independent news agencies. Speaking at the NAPAs - the National Association of Press Agencies annual awards in London - he said their role remained paramount in a complex media world. 'In theory, awards ceremonies are about winners and losers,' he said,   'But there are no losers in this room, only journalists and photographers who are extremely good at what they do.   'You are the people who every day fill the pages of newspapers and magazines and provide the talking points for broadcasters.  'I and many others in this industry a.....Read More

Manchester agency wins apology from court service over ''bullying'' claim

  18 December 2014
Manchester based Cavendish Press has won an apology from the HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) after one of its journalists was ordered by security staff to delete pictures she took of a defendant as she stood on a pavement outside a courthouse. Managing  director Jon Harris made a formal complaint after the young reporter was confronted by two G4s guards outside Bury magistrates court in Greater Manchester when she used her mobile phone to take footage of an 87-year old man facing a gross indecency charge after he left the building. During the incident the unnamed journalist was warned by the guards she was ‘acting unlawfully ‘ and told .....Read More

Bay TV Liverpool makes splash

  04 December 2014
The new local TV station for Liverpool launches this week – promising a bold new approach to coverage of news, sport, business, entertainment and features.   The channel will burst onto the airwaves on Freeview Channel 8 with the “Big Bay Launch” show starting at 5.30pm on Thursday 4th December.   Beamed from studios in Windsor Street, the honour of hosting the station’s debut goes to Jay Hynd and Ellie Phillips – presenters of its weekly music and entertainment show “The Guide”.   Bay TV Liverpool will be on air each day from 6am to 11pm, reaching more than 930,000 homes across the Liverpool City .....Read More

Calls for BBC to buy more content from agencies

  26 November 2014
If BBC head of news James Harding is serious about buying in local content then he should look no further than creating a budget for material from agencies and freelancers. That's according to the newly elected chairman of the National Association of Press Agencies Jon Harris, who said freelance organisations were the most important supplier of news, features and pictures to the wider media – and should be a key source of content for the BBC. Harris, who is also managing director of Manchester-based Cavendish Press, was speaking after Harding said the corporation was investigating buying content from local newspapers and setting up a fund to pay for cour.....Read More

The Sun rises for London agency

  21 November 2014
London-based agency Specialist News Services secured a half-page exclusive in The Sun with their story on how car firms are fooling consumers with inaccurate miles per gallon figures. The story revealed how small cars were the worst for having flawed MPG stats and that buyers of cars that claim to do more than 60 miles to the gallon are 'being taken for a ride'. The agency teamed up with What Car? magazine and experts from Emissions Analytics to source the figures. The story was snapped up by The Sun's consumer editor Dan Jones. For more details about Specialist News Service please visit:  

Devon agency scores with Jo Brand revelation

  12 November 2014
Devon based agency West Coast News scored an exclusive hit in the Mail on Sunday with a story of how comedian Jo Brand stole all her ex-boyfriend's underpants to avenge his cheating ways. Brand said she ''wiggled'' through a dog flap before searching the man's bedroom for both washed and unwashed underwear. She admited she wanted to do something 'he would think was a bit weird' while leaving him guessing over who was to blame. Brand's confession came during her appearance on the BBC's 'Would I Lie To You' a panel game in which contestants score points by detecting each other's true and false stories. For more details about West Coast News please visit: w.....Read More

Passersby by thought dead baby was ''rubbish''

  12 November 2014
A newborn baby girl who was stuffed into a Tesco supermarket bag and dumped on a country lane may have lain dead for up to 11 days after unwitting passersby mistakenly assumed her body was ''rubbish.'' The youngster was left at the side of the road with a message saying: ''please, please bury him, Islamic burial please' after she lived for just a few hours. But passing walkers and motorists who spotted the bag at the roadside thought it was litter with one witness believing the bag contained a toy doll. The truth emerged when a couple walking their dog picked the bundle up in order to place it in their own litter bin. Despite an Asian woman being seen sobbing.....Read More

Aspirin a day saved my unborn baby

  10 November 2014
A woman who finally achived her dream of becoming a mother owes it to an aspirin she took every day during her pregancy. Sarah Broadfield, 34, from Warrington, Cheshire, feared she would never have children after she endured seven failed IVF attempts and two miscarrages over seven years at a financial cost of £15,000. But when she fell pregnant again she began taking the 2p aspirin each day after doctors said her miscarriages were caused by Antiphospholipid syndrome. Nine monts later her son Alfie was born weighing a healthy 8lbs.   

Wife shames bigamist husband

  10 November 2014
Manchester based Cavendish Press scored a major exclusive in the Mail on Sunday with the story of Yvonne Gibney an unsuspecting wife who discovered her husband of 17 years had secretly married another woman in a lavish £45,000 wedding after she saw pictures of them kissing on Facebook. Mrs Gibney, from the Wirral, spotted photographs of oilman Maurice Gibney dressed in his wedding finery cuddling Suzanne Prudhoe after finding comments on the social networking site hinting at the ceremony before tracking it to the bride's profile. She learned his family had attended the wedding at the British Embassy in Oman with her mother-in-law walking him down the ais.....Read More

''Cancer victim'' never had cancer

  10 November 2014
A woman who was handed a death sentence after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer underwent six months of chemotherapy only discover she did not have  the illness after all. Ann Milne, 56, from Aberdeenshire had six rounds of chemo to prolong her life in 20008 after doctors found tumours on her liver. Doctors told her she did not have cancer during a follow up appointment the following year. As a result of the unnecessary treatment, the former receptionist has been left with permanent muscle damage, meaning she has to walk with a stick for long distances. Mrs Milne has now won an undisclosed six figure compensation agreement with NHS Grampian in an.....Read More

Drink driver killer was fishtailing

  10 November 2014
A drunken driver killed two people in a horrific head on smash whilst ''fishtailing'' in his car after a cocaine and lager binge. Father of three Dean Farrimond, 35, from Leigh, Greater Manchester, was so crazed by drink and drugs he could not control his Vauxhall Astra and weaving around on the wrong side of the road. Tragedy struck when he ploughed into a taxi travelling in the opposite direction and propelled it backwards, causing the cab to smash into the front wall of a house.  Private hire driver Kenneth Grimshaw, 59, died at the scene from multiple injuries whilst his rear seat passenger Emma Houghton, 23, passed away later in hospital. Blood test.....Read More

New chairman for NAPA

  10 November 2014
Jon Harris managing director of Manchester-based Cavendish Press has been elected as the new chairman of NAPA. He will take over from Matthew Bell of Ferraris Press Agency. In a statement Harris said: ''It is my firm view press agencies will be the most important supplier of news, features and pictures to media outlets in the years ahead. ''But we as an organisation must heavily promote that message to the press both here and abroad to help us achieve that other very important aim - to ensure the press agencies get a fair day's pay for their work.''    

Manchester agency puts Jude Law in the frame

  02 October 2014
Manchester based Cavendish Press got a set of pictures showing actor Jude Law cowering in a downpour as he was seen in public for the first time since he announced he is expecting his fifth child. The 41-year old star had switched locations to Manchester for his new movie presuming the city's infamous weather would oblige when his character gets caught up in a heavy shower. But filmakers had to create their own weather when the city ironically encountered unseasonally mild conditions. Sporting a huge grin Law was seen puffing on a cigarette and taking cover under a sea of umbrellas as they were drenched under the ''fake rain.'' Last Thursday the actor said he .....Read More

Second NAPA member clinches local TV licence

  21 February 2013
Mercury Press are celebrating after Ofcom awared the local TV licence for Liverpool to its partner company Bay TV Liverpool. This comes after Made TV, whose media partners are South West News Service, secured the licence for local TV in Bristol. More than 20 further licences are to be awarded later in the year in a second round, and it is hoped that other NAPA members may be involved in some of those bids. Details can be found on the Ofcom web site. Bay TV Liverpool is expected to be on the air at Channel 8 on Freeview later this year with the licence granted for a period of 12 years . It will be one of the new breed of Digital Terrestrial Local TV stations .....Read More

NAPA initial response to Leveson Report

  29 November 2012
National Association of Press Agencies has issued an initial comment on the Leveson Report into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. A NAPA spokesman said: "As working journalists our members recognise that it is essential that the UK has a system of press regulation that works and in which the public can have trust and confidence. "The freedom of the press is a cherished asset and we believe that Lord Leveson has adopted the correct stance in advocating an enhanced voluntary scheme designed to ensure the highest ethical and professional standards. "We will continue to campaign for the adoption of such a voluntary system, alongside the proposals that.....Read More