BREAKING NEWS: JOURNALISM DAY HAS JUST RECEIVED OFFICIAL SUPPORT FROM THE SOCIETY OF EDITORS, THE BRITISH SOCIETY OF MAGAZINE EDITORS AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PRESS AGENCIES.
They are all encouraging their members to participate. Across the country, hundreds of journalists are now preparing to take part. Contributors are also expected from Europe, Africa and America. Others are enlisting as I write this.
'A great idea for promoting our work, our magazines and our industry' - Kitty Finstad, BSME chair.
'A great idea' - Bob Satchwell, executive director, Society of Editors.
We have the greatest job in the world - now help Press Gazette celebrate the richness of British journalism.
24 hours, one million stories
WEDNESDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2012: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF BRITISH JOURNALISM
It's the big story that journalists ignore. Their own.
Write a snapshot of your work - in newspapers and magazines, TV and radio, and online - for our unique narrative of one 24-hour news cycle, from 6am Wednesday 8 February, to 6am the next day.
It could be a killing in Kircaldy, a council in Cleethorpes, a murder in Mayfair, a funeral in Fishguard - or a paparazzi working out of Hollywood. No story is too big or too small. Celebrate the richness of our work, nationwide.
Words (and pictures if possible) to email@example.com
To participate, just send us a summary - 100-500 words, or whatever you wish - describing what you did during the 24 hours starting 6am Wednesday February 8: your news jobs, stories, features, photos, mishaps, interviews, events, meetings, humour, even an office party. Our article will be a 24-hour narrative so please give timings, following this format:
06:25 Bacon butty at desk. Police calls. House fire, Hunslet. Rush off. Neighbour rescues family...(More here)
11:07 Late at press conference, Leeds police hq. Man's body in canal. Accident or murder?....(More here)
12:24 Coffee with councillor about new shopping centre plan. Fobbed off. Send email. Waiting for reply...(More here)
12:36 Call woman about breast surgery disaster...(More here)
02:45 Confront local MP on doorstep. Ask him about new shops plan. He talks jobs instead. Woman shouts at him and I follow him to car. Like council leader, he fobs me off...(More here)
03:15 Crown Court. Photograph grandmother acquitted on shopping fraud...(More here)
06:00 Fashion and cosmetics promotion...(More here)
09.10 Agree splash headline. Flying pizza decapitates mayor...Celebrate in office pub...(More here)
Okay, no one's going to be that busy! But your team might be. You might break a world exclusive or have a quiet day (we still want to hear!) Include colour and emotion. Rushed breakfasts. Watery coffee. Lunch at desk. Lunch with contact in greasy spoon/posh restaurant. The perils of alcohol. Quotes. Being married to the job. Story spiked - misery! Story splashed - ecstasy!
We will thread your contribution into a third-person narrative. If there is an illustrative photograph - preferably of you doing your job - please email that too.
We also want to hear from overseas journalists supplying British news media, whether you're a paparazzi in Hollywood or a war reporter in Helmand or a correspondent in Chengdu.
Press Gazette will publish its News-Day Special Report in the March issue, and a fuller version may run online. It will give an unprecedented insight into the role and the dimensions of the news industry across Britain and Ireland, how we really work, how we enrich our society and culture, and how we make a huge difference to the lives of every man, woman and child, on an hour-by-hour basis.
It will be entertaining, enlightening and intriguing and, at this time when journalism is under profound scrutiny, point to answers to the questions being raised at Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry. But we are not doing it for him. We are doing it for ourselves out of the sheer pride we take in doing the greatest job in the world.
24 hours, one million stories: A Day In The Life Of British Journalism will be an unashamed celebration. It will also promote you and your organisation among your many peers who will be participating alongside you. Instead of reporting the news, you can star in it. Don't miss out.
Please mark Wednesday February 8 in your diary. Tell your colleagues.
Contributing Editor, Press Gazette
Email your contributions (as soon as possible after the date) to firstname.lastname@example.org
See also: http://blogs.pressgazette.co.uk/wire/8589
Prof Roy Greenslade: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2012/feb/03/pressandpublishing-newspapers