Bromley public come together for lecture by News Shopper editor Andy Parkes

Andy Parkes gives the Landmark Lecture last Wednesday

Andy Parkes gives the Landmark Lecture last Wednesday

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Bromley College staff, students and the general public came to hear a talk by News Shopper editor Andrew Parkes last Wednesday (March 12).

Andy, a journalist for 26 years and group managing editor for 15 south London newspapers and 11 websites, talked about his experiences of the good, bad and ugly sides of the newspaper world.

Speaking at Bromley College's campus in Rookery Lane, he said, due to staff cuts in newsrooms, reporters now attend fewer court proceedings, adding "this can threaten that most important principle, that justice is not only done, but is seen to be done".

He commented it can also lead to a general lack of understanding from the public as to what goes on in court.

The permanence of the internet was also discussed by Andy. 

He explained how he is often asked to remove old news stories from the newspaper's website about people who, later on in life, find the articles detrimentally affect their employment and life prospects.  

Andrew shared details of his own career, and gave an insight into what it takes to be a journalist in today’s society.

Principal Sam Parrett said: "We were thrilled to welcome Andrew Parkes as our guest speaker at our sixth Landmark Lecture.

His informative and entertaining lecture gave the audience a real insight into the world of journalism and newspapers, raising some important questions on press regulation and the use of the internet in modern news reporting."

Bromley College’s Landmark Lectures are a series of topical talks open to the public. 

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12:43am Fri 21 Mar 14

Hatersgonnahate says...

How many members of the public attended?
Wasn't he invited by the college? The story gives the impression he was on some sort of 'journalist tour' & how lucky the college was to be graced by his presence.
It centres more on his elborated achievements rather than the purpose of the lectures.
Attending court rooms has had no bearing on publics perception of justice as the internet has made this information more freely available.
Did he expand on the NS's right wing ideology.
His constant attacks on firefighters?
His bizarre & most professional article about people with red hair being discriminated is a form of racism!
Did the college have to expand it's exits to allow his massive ego to leave?
Quite ironic that the article is attempting to promote professional journalisim yet is written in the most self centred ego tripping manner possible.
How many members of the public attended? Wasn't he invited by the college? The story gives the impression he was on some sort of 'journalist tour' & how lucky the college was to be graced by his presence. It centres more on his elborated achievements rather than the purpose of the lectures. Attending court rooms has had no bearing on publics perception of justice as the internet has made this information more freely available. Did he expand on the NS's right wing ideology. His constant attacks on firefighters? His bizarre & most professional article about people with red hair being discriminated is a form of racism! Did the college have to expand it's exits to allow his massive ego to leave? Quite ironic that the article is attempting to promote professional journalisim yet is written in the most self centred ego tripping manner possible. Hatersgonnahate
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10:26am Fri 21 Mar 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Hatersgonnahate I hope you haven't fell into the trap of hating on Mr Parks ?

"NS's right wing ideology", I have to claim BS on that statement.


"His constant attacks on firefighters", and there we have your real grievance and agenda don't we ?
Hatersgonnahate I hope you haven't fell into the trap of hating on Mr Parks ? "NS's right wing ideology", I have to claim BS on that statement. "His constant attacks on firefighters", and there we have your real grievance and agenda don't we ? Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 0

7:39am Sun 23 Mar 14

goldenbroomboy says...

I think Hatersgonnahate needs to remember that this is Andy's newspaper, and he is quite entitled to put in an article about himself if he so chooses.

If anybody does seem to go a bit over the top it is Sam Parrett. Whilst I have no doubt that Andy gave an interesting lecture it's not as if he has been undercover in a war zone.
I think Hatersgonnahate needs to remember that this is Andy's newspaper, and he is quite entitled to put in an article about himself if he so chooses. If anybody does seem to go a bit over the top it is Sam Parrett. Whilst I have no doubt that Andy gave an interesting lecture it's not as if he has been undercover in a war zone. goldenbroomboy
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