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Jeremy Dear to address journalists at awards ceremony

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2012 | 12:00 AM

OUTSTANDING BRITISH journalist and union leader Jeremy Dear is to be the guest speaker at the 2012 Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) Awards, which will be held on Friday, December 7, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

He will also be the main speaker at the annual National Journalism Week Forum being put on by the PAJ and the National Integrity Action. The forum will be staged on Tuesday, December 4 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, also in New Kingston.

Dear served as the elected general secretary of the 36,000-strong National Union of Journalists (NUJ) of the United Kingdom and Ireland, from 2001 to 2011.

Prior to taking up full-time employment with the NUJ, Dear worked as a staff and freelance journalist in newspapers and magazines, latterly as editor of The Big Issue magazine.

His work has appeared in The Guardian, Daily Mirror, New Statesman, and many other publications.

Dear has served as NUJ president, national organiser for newspapers, and represented the NUJ at the Journalism National Training Forum, Trades Union Congress, and the International Federation of Journalists.

Having been elected the NUJ's youngest-ever leader, he is one of two persons in its 100-year history to serve two terms as general secretary.

In Jamaica, Dear will speak on 'Media for the Times ... The Next 50 Years', which is theme of the 2012 National Journalism Week.

Issues such as reporting on corruption, restrictive libel laws and other barriers to reporters will also be addressed by Dear, who has developed a reputation as a tough-talking campaigner for good journalism.