Taking a Look at Birmingham’s new Park Regis Hotel

Birmingham Press Club members attending next month’s regular First Thursday networking night on April 7 are in for a special treat.

For the Club has been invited to the city’s newest four-star hotel, the Park Regis, which officially opens its doors to guests this month.

Park Regis reception

Park Regis is located in the former Auchinleck House on Broad Street, which has received a £50 million renovation to transform the building into a modern silver-clad hotel offering 253 deluxe rooms, two junior suites and the largest presidential suite in Birmingham.

Positioned as a hotel for both leisure and business travellers, Park Regis Birmingham houses an à la carte restaurant, all-glass Saki Bar and Pan Asian Fusion Restaurant on the 16th floor, as well as an executive level complete with conference and meeting spaces, a business lounge with executive check-in facilities, dry spa and gym.

Park Regis Birmingham is the brand’s first hotel in Europe but fifteenth globally, with locations in Australia, Asia and the UAE.

Press Club members are requested to meet on the fourth floor of the hotel in its 1565 Restaurant & Bar from 5.45 pm

But remember – to take advantage of our “free drinks’ offer you must be a signed-up member of the Press Club.

Details on how to join the Club may be found on our website, www.birmingham-press-club.co.uk or by getting in touch with Membership Secretary Adrian Kibbler on 07831 690940. E-mail him at adrian@akpr.ltd.uk

Nominations for this year’s Media Students Awards

Eighty entrants have been shortlisted for the twelve categories being competed for at this year’s Midlands Media Student Awards.

The awards, introduced last year by Birmingham Press Club to mark its 150thanniversary, take place on April 21 at Austin Court, the canalside conference centre located near the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham.


Launched with the aim of recognising future talent in broadcasting, journalism and photography, the awards have attracted entries from universities and colleges in Birmingham, Coventry, Derby, Lincoln, Nottingham, Staffordshire, Wolverhampton and Worcester.

The categories have been chosen to allow media students a real platform to showcase their passion for a particular subject matter.

Students from Lincoln, Staffordshire and Worcester have been nominated for the Scoop of the Year Award.

Staffordshire University is headline sponsor of the awards, which are also being supported by Birmingham City University, Barclays Bank and Bournville College.

Activist Journalism

Alessandro Sorrentino, Birmingham City University - Birmingham by Numbers

Antoine Omisore, Staffordshire University - Sex Addiction

Benjamin Furst, Staffordshire University - Reaching Freedom?

Charlotte Smith, Birmingham City University - Heartbreak and determination: An interview with a fathers' rights activist

Hayden Atkins, University of Worcester - Plastic Cups, Plastic Fans

Laura O'Callaghan, Staffordshire University - Hearing Aid Feature

Taz Ali, City of Wolverhampton College - The jungle in Calais; why are migrants in want of a secure life ignored?


Amy Sheldon, Staffordshire University - Designers & Designs Blog

Conor Rees, University of Worcester - 99 Percent Lifestyle Online and Physical Magazine

Hayden Atkins, University of Worcester - The ScribblerBlog

Liam O'Dell, University of Lincoln - Thoughts on Channel 4’s ‘Humans’

Max Banner, University ofWorcester - The Happy Punter

Mike Taylor, University of Worcester - Klopp’s The Man to Revitalise Liverpool

Data Journalism

Alessandro Sorrentino, Birmingham City University - Birmingham by Numbers

Antia Geada, Birmingham City University - People in Selly Oak, Northfield and Hall Green more likely to be detained under mental health legislation.

Anna Noble, Birmingham City University - MAPPED: Birmingham office construction at record high

Guy Petheram, University of Lincoln - Powering the Internet

Laura O'Callaghan, Stafforshire University - Burslem Feature

Maria Crosas Batista, Birmingham City University - Obesity in the UK

Natasha Hardy, Staffordshire University - Bird Strikes Feature

Tom Burnett, Staffordshire Univerisity - Big Issue: You carry a bag for shopping; why not carry one for dog poo?


Conor Rees, University of Worcester - 99 Percent Lifestyle Online and Physical Magazine

Danielle Skerrett (Group Entry), University of Lincoln - Frankie Says ‘I Do’

Laura O'Callaghan, Staffordshire University - Comedy Show Set for Edinburgh Festival

Lauren Chick (Group Entry), University of Lincoln - On Location

Mike Taylor, University of Worcester - The Need for Ex-Players to Be Pundits Must Be Stopped

Rebecca Heyes, Stafforshire Univeristy - Rita Ora slams haters for focusing on her love life, not her music

Shaun Pond, University of Worcester - 'Crafting Perfection: The Dexter of Season One'


Max Banner, University of Worcester - Mr Watt... What A Career!

Mike Taylor, University of Worcester - The Need for Ex-Players to Be Pundits Must Be Stopped

 Olivia Watkins, University of Worcester - The Windy City

Rebecca Heyes, Staffordshire University - Staffordshire University rugby team red-faced as kit blunder shows waist sizes

Tom Burnett, Staffordshire University - Five reasons Staffordshire oatcakes are the best food ever?


Alessandro Sorrentino, Birmingham City University – Birmingham By Numbers

Anna Noble, Birmingham City University - Do you remember David Bowie touring Birmingham?

Benjamin Furst, Staffordshire University – Reaching Freedom?

Laura Moody, Nottingham Trent University – The World Changes at Sunset

Maria Crosas Batista, Birmingham City University – Future Jobs in the West Midlands

Will Longman, University of Lincoln - Drones


Alessandro Sorrentino, Birmingham City University - Birmingham by Numbers

Benjamin Furst, Staffordshire University - Reaching Freedom?

Charlotte Smith, Birmingham City University - A Day in the Life of a Benefits Claimant

Michael McCann, Staffordshire University - England is a world leader in the fight for equality - Louis Saha exclusive interview

Natasha Hardy, Staffordshire University - The struggle to see an NHS dentist revealed

Robert Smith, Stafforshire University - Staffordshire Yeomanry veteran hailed “luckiest man in the desert” reveals an incredible story'

Tay Noronha, Birmingham City University - An In-Depth Look at Coventry’s Foodbanks

Online Innovation

Alessandro Sorrentino, Birmimgham City University - Birmingham by Numbers

Anna Noble, Birmingham City University - Shock tactics: cybercrime prevention by West Midlands Police

Avneet Chauhan, Birmingham City University - I am Human

Charlie Hanson, Staffordshire University - Dunstable Town FC

Charlotte Smith, Birmingham City University - Heartbreak and determination: An interview with a fathers' rights activist

Conor Rees, University of Worcester - 99 Percent Lifestyle Online and Physical Magazine

Will Longman(Group Entry), University of Lincoln - LSJ Today

Public Affairs

Alexandra Martin, University of Worcester – Recycling Matters in Solihull

Bethany Sparks, University of Worcester - Support for the Freedom of Information Act

Chelsea James, University of Worcester – Food Samples Feature

Laura Peberday, Birmingham City University – Scratch Politics

Phillip Cullinane, Staffordshire University - MP Tristram Hunt urges students to take Labour forward

Sophie Moody, University of Worcester - Worcester Labour Women's Forum

Tom Burnett, Staffordshire University - Will Donald’s trump card lead to ban on visiting UK?


Angeline McCall, University of Lincoln - The Farmyard Classroom

Ashleigh Campbell - Sanctus St Mark’s

Emma James, Staffordshire University - Anger at hospitals blunder over OAP death from cancer

 Jack Donohoe, University of Worcester - Seat Belt Safety in the UK

Natasha Hardy, Staffordshire University - Grieving father speaks out amid investigations into the death of his 3-year-old son at Stafford Hospital

Tom Burnett, Staffordshire University - Animal Cruelty at Apesford Farm


James Hall, Staffordshire University - Olympic stars hail Stoke-on-Trent as European City of Sport 2016

Matthew Baldwin, Staffordshire University - First Past The Far Post

Michael McCann, Staffordshire University - Match in a Minute - Football around the UK

Rebecca Heyes, Staffordshire University - Staffordshire University rugby team red-faced as kit blunder shows waist sizes

Scott Brotherton, Staffordshire University - The World of a Snooker Referee

Tom Burnett, Staffordshire University - Ugandan Stoke City fan sets up football team to honour the Potters

Will Longman(Group Entry), University of Lincoln - LSJ Sport

Video Journalism

Alice Hughes-Dennis, University of Derby - Kieran Quinlan My Story

Chris Gray, University of Lincoln - Who Cares?

Joe Farrar, Staffordshire University - A Night in the Trenches

Laura Haynes, University of Derby - Dave Ryan: In Arms Way.

Saeed Hussain, University of Worcester - Foodbank Appeal Video

Tahany Hmaid, Coventry University - The Boy From Gaza

Weiya Zuo, Coventry University – Stage

For further information on the Midlands Media Students Awards please email Paula Kelsey at paula@cloud9em.co.uk or telephone 0115 933 3811

The sky’s the limit this July

We all know about frying fish and chips. But now Birmingham Press Club is cooking up something new – flying fish and chips!

Together with Take Flight Aviation, the Press Club is holding a “summer special” at Wellesbourne Airfield, near Stratford upon Avon, on Thursday, 14 July.


Take Flight with the Press Club

Members will be able to take a flight in a light aircraft over the stunning Stratford and Warwickshire countryside – and afterwards indulge in a delicious fish and chip supper in the airfield clubhouse, as well as being able to inspect some iconic classic cars.

Event organiser Adrian Kibbler said: “Thanks to Take Flight Aviation, we’re looking forward to a fantastic evening out. It’ll be a great experience – and I hope people remember to bring their video cameras along with them to get some stunning aerial shots.”

Take Flight Aviation, which provides flying lessons, training and light aircraft hire, has been based at Wellesbourne for over ten years and now also operates out of London Oxford Airport. It has a fleet of more than a dozen aircraft, which undergo stringent maintenance checks after every 50 hours of flying time.

The event starts at 6.30 and will finish at dusk.

The cost is £40 + VAT per person.

To book your place please contact Press Club membership secretary Adrian Kibbler on 07831 690940 or email adrian@akpr.ltd.uk

Or click below to pay online with PayPal. Finally, don’t forget to let us know if you want red or brown sauce on your chips!

Julie's "Light Bulb" Moment

Did you know that Newsroom experience at the Leicester Mercury convinced award-winning television presenter Julie Etchingham that she wanted to be a journalist?

The Leicester-born personality – who is on the Mercury’s list of the 100 most famous people from the city –cites work experience at the Mercury as one of the reasons which helped launch a career which has now taken her all over the world, interviewing figures such as Hilary Clinton, fronting the Leader’s Debate ahead of last year’s General Election and presenting coverage of majorevents , including the election of Pope Francis and Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton.

Julie Etchingham with Press Club directorsBob Warman and Julie Etchingham

Julie, who went to English Martyrs School. Leicester before going on to study English at Cambridge, revealed the “light bulb” moment that she wanted to become a journalist when she spoke at a Birmingham Press Club lunch when she was installed as an Honorary Life Member for her services to the media.

“I’d kept a diary ever since the age of six and when I was about 13 my mother said: ‘Do you want to be a journalist?’ It was a light bulb moment. Of course, I wanted just that – to be a journalist.

“And after work experience at Radio Leicester, Centre Radio and the Leicester Mercury I was convinced that was the career for me,” Julie said during an “interview” with Press Club president and ITV Central presenter Bob Warman.

Julie, who last month was named as Television Presenter of the Year – repeating her success from 2010 when she became the first woman to win the award – first appeared on television screens while with BBC Midlands Today in Birmingham. It was here that she first met and worked with presenter Kay Alexander, one of the guests at the lunch, who, Julie said, was an “inspirational figure.”

After leaving the BBC, Julie joined Sky News before switching to ITV in 2008 to co-present the re-launched News at Ten alongside Trevor McDonald. Today, she is the “female front” of ITN.

She told guests that one of her most challenging moments was hosting the Leader’s Debate – the first time that such a television event had been broadcast in the UK. The next significant challenge would be covering the EU referendum – the biggest question that today’s generation would probably ever face.

A raffle, held in aid of The Journalists' Charity, of which Julie is an Ambassador, raised almost £500.

New Day Dawns at Trinity Mirror

Members and guests of Birmingham Press Club were on hand to see the “birth” of a New Day when they paid a return visit to the print works of Trinity Mirror (TM).

During their tour of the Erdington plant, hosted by production manager Nick Cahm, they witnessed the 170,000-Midland run of TM’s new national daily newspaper, New Day, which is edited by Alison Phillips. A journalist who started her career on the Harlow Star, Alison – who conceived the idea of New Day alongside marketing director Zoe Harris – was previously editor of the Sunday People.

As well as printing the Birmingham MailBirmingham Post and Sunday Mercury, 120,000 copies of the Daily Mirror and 190,000 copies of Metro roll off the presses every night.

The plant also prints the Derby Telegraph, Nottingham Post and a variety of popular weekly newspapers such as the Solihull News, Sutton Coldfield Observer, Crewe Chronicle and Loughborough Echo.

The installation of new equipment has also allowed Trinity Mirror Printing Midlands Ltd to pioneer large-format posters and vouchers and to produce folded products for new customers predominantly from the retail sector.

Manned by a staff of 80, the print works produces approximately 4.5 million copies of newspapers every week.