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Talk by Kim Sengupta The Independent

On Thursday 7th December, DPAAL members met Kim Sengupta, Defence and Diplomatic Editor at The Independent, for a very comprehensive and interesting talk about the situation in North Africa since the Arab Spring.

The event was kindly hosted by the Portuguese Embassy at the Ambassador’s Residence.

Pictures are kindly provided by Elizabeth Stewart (Embassy Magazine).

 
Sky news tour and lunch meeting

On Tuesday, October 10th, DPAAL visited Sky Headquarters in Osterley.

We had the opportunity to visit the studios, to have a look around the newly renovated premises and to meet the Sky news team.

 

 

 

 

 
Talk by Tim Marshall

Last 24th May, DPAAL members met Tim Marshall, foreign affairs journalist and author, for a talk on his new book about the history and cultural significance of the world’s flags, “Worth Dying For. The power and politics of flags”.

This event was kindly hosted by the Embassy of Romania at the Romanian Cultural Institute.

Pictures have also been provided by the Romanian Embassy.

 

 
Talk by Niall Duffy, IPSO's Director of External Affairs

On Monday 21st November, DPAAL members met Niall Duffy, IPSO’s Director of External Affairs, at the Mexican Ambassador’s Residence.

Niall Duffy talked about the work of the Independent Press Standards Organisation, how it came into being, what it does and the difference between a self-regulator and a statutory body. His talk was followed by a Q&As session

The Independent Press Standards Organisation regulates the overwhelming majority of the UK’s newspaper and magazines, accounting for some 2,500 printed or online publications. It was set up by the industry in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry as a successor to the Press Complaints Commission and has been in operation since September 2014.

The talk was followed by a Q&As session.

 

 

 

 


 
Breakfast meeting with Sky News editorsOK

On October 11th, a group of 12 DPAAL members attended our first breakfast meeting with Sky News editors: Alistair Bunkall (Defence Editor), Matt Rhodes (Senior Foreign News Editor), Darren McCaffrey (Political Correspondent) and Giles Winn (Head of Interviews).

The main topic of the meeting was ‘Brexit’. Darren offered a general view of this post-referendum period and we discussed about the challenges ahead.

We also had time for some Q&A at the end to discuss other current affairs issues.


 

 

 

 

 
Drinks reception with London Press Club and talk by Independent Digital Editor

On 20th September, DPAAL members attended a drinks reception with the London Press Club at Northcliffe House during which Christian Broughton, the Independent Digital Editor, gave a talk on the Independent's "digital-only" move.

We were kindly welcomed by Doug Wills, president of the London Press Club and Managing Editor of the London Evening Standard and The Independent.

Photographs taken by Elizabeth Stewart (Embassy Magazine).

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Talk about Brexit with Europe Editors

On July 12th, the Embassy of Slovakia hosted the DPAAL event “Brexit. The aftermath”. We were honoured to have Tony Barber (Europe Editor, Financial Times), Matt Steinglass (Europe Editor, The Economist) and Peter Foster (Europe Editor, The Daily Telegraph) as guest speakers.

It was very interesting to hear their thoughts on the aftermath of Brexit and discuss with them the different aspects of this post-referendum period.

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Visit to ITV News

On Friday 3rd June, some DPAAL members visited ITV News studios and newsroom.

We were welcomed by Georgina Brewer, ITV News International Affairs Producer, and had a very interesting meeting with Geoff Hill, Editor of ITV Network News, and Robin Elias, ITN News Managing Editor.

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Reception new DPAAL Board - Spanish Embassy

On April 28th, the Embassy of Spain hosted a reception to welcome new members of DPAAL and introduce the recently elected Board.

Mrs Esther Corral Cortés, Press Counsellor, Embassy of Spain, is the new DPAAL's  President and Mrs Oksana Kyzyma, Press Attaché, Embassy of Ukraine; Mr Konrad Jagodzinski, Senior Public Relations Specialist, Embassy of Poland, and Keti Kerashvili, First Secretary, Embassy of Georgia are the new Vice-Presidents. The event was attended by diplomats from around 50 diplomatic missions as well as the Embassy Magazine.

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Here are some moments captured during the reception. For more photos check out our Facebook page.

 

 

 
Visit to the BBC Arabic Service

A group of 10 DPAAL members was invited by the BBC Arabic Service to visit their premises at the BBC Broadcasting House on the 19th April.

Participants were warmly welcomed by Nader Salah, Producer, and Mohamed Seif, News Presenter, and had the opportunity to visit the studios and learn more about the BBC information policy and standards.

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New DPAAL Board

DPAAL Board

The President: Esther Corral Cortés, Press Counsellor, Embassy of Spain

Vice-Presidents: Oksana Kyzyma, Press Attaché, Embassy of Ukraine;

Konrad Jagodzinski, Polish Embassy;

Keti Kerashvili, Georgian Embassy


 
Christmas Reception

Christmas Reception @Kiplings Restaurant On the evening of the 15th of December, the Bangladesh High Commission organised a wonderful Christmas Reception for DPAAL members. There were many London Press Club members invited for this event as well. It was also an occasion to mark the Bangladesh Victory Day and guests enjoyed traditional dancing, singing as well as participated in a raffle draw. Thank you to the Bangladesh HC for hosting us and Merry Christmas to all our members! All photos taken and kindly provided by Elizabeth Stewart, editor of the Embassy Magazine:

 

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Legatum Institute Prosperity Index Presentation

5th of November 2015

@Legatum Institute

Prosperity Index Programme Director, Nathan Gamester, and Programme Manager, Stephen Clarke, presented this year's key findings regarding the institution's annual ranking on Prosperity to DPAAL members.

Norway leads the world for the seventh year in a row, followed by Switzerland, Denmark, New Zealand, and Sweden, in the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index, a unique and robust annual assessment of global wealth and wellbeing, which benchmarks 142 countries around the world in eight distinct categories: Economy; Education; Entrepreneurship and Opportunity; Governance; Health; Personal Freedom; Safety and Security; and Social Capital.

Based in London, the Legatum Institute is an independent non-partisan public policy organisation whose research, publications, and programmes advance ideas and policies in support of free and prosperous societies around the world.

For more information and to see how your country performed in 2015 go to www.prosperity.com

 
DPAAL at Calvert22 Foundation

On the morning of the 27th of October, DPAAL attended a talk on "The Role of Cultural Diplomacy in a Globalised World" at the Calvert22 Foundation, followed by a presentation of the "Red Africa Season" and a networking light lunch.

Jamie Rann from the University of Oxford and Calvert 22 Foundation Trustee talked about the role of cultural diplomacy and soft power in the modern world. Culture is important and sharing culture internationally is important. But how exactly this sort of cross-cultural communication can work in the present day? Whether you are a country with a long cultural tradition or a small nation, it is important to make enough emphasis on the recent cultural achievements. First question: why contemporary culture? Contemporary culture is the best way of challenging the stereotypes, it unites people being an international language. Secondly, contemporary culture means young artists, filmmakers, musicians and designers – young creative people need help and support internationally more than established and classic figures. Culture as ‘soft power’: The talk also calledll into question the efficacy of ‘soft power’ as a policy, or at least as an approach to culture.

More details on the Foundation can be found at: calvert22.org/about-calvert-22-foundation

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Meeting Sky's new Diplomatic Editor

7th of October 2015

@Sky News

A group of 13 DPAAL members visited the Sky News and Sky Digital studios in Isleworth on the 7th of October.

Participants were very well received by Matt Rhodes, Sky News Senior Foreign Planning Producer and had the opportunity to meet the new Diplomatic Editor, Dominic Waghorn, who until now was Sky's correspondent in Washington and has been previously based in Jerusalem and Beijing.

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Tim Marshall's Presentation

29th of September 2015

@Canadian High Commission

On the afternoon of the 29th of September 2015, Tim Marshall, former Diplomatic and Foreign Affairs Editor at Sky News, presented his book "Prisoners of Geography" and talked about the strategic importance of geography in politics at the Canadian High Commission. He argued that geography is the most overlooked of the determining factors in both history and current events and that it is time to put the ‘Geo’ back into Geopolitics.

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Social Media Workshop

18th of September 2015

@Goethe Institut

On the morning of the 18th of September, DPAAL organized with the Goethe Institut in London a seminar on "Social Media as a Tool for the Diplomatic Community (Visual Storytelling / Interactive Multimedia)", with presentations by Alberto Nardelli, Data Editor at The Guardian & Mercedes Bunz, Senior Lecturer in Multimedia Journalism and Social Media at the University of Westminster. Members of the London Press Club were also present.

All photos taken and kindly provided by Elizabeth Stewart, editor of the Embassy Magazine:

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Diplomatic Associations Meeting

14th of September 2015

@Athenaeum Hotel

On the afternoon of the 14th of September, the Embassy Magazine organised with the Athenaeum Hotel a Diplomatic Associations Back To Work reception, where representatives of all diplomatic organizations were present.

All photos taken and kindly provided by Elizabeth Stewart, editor of the Embassy Magazine:

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Second BBC Broadcasting House Tour

7th of July2015

@BBC Broadcasting House

A small group of DPAAL members was invited to visit the studios of the BBC Broadcasting House, where we were received by Lorraine Dance, Special Visits Operations Manager.

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DPAAL / YDL / EUNIC Summer Drinks

11th of June 2015

@Embassy of the Slovak Republic

On the 11th of June, DPAAL organised with YDL and EUNIC London a Summer Drinks Reception. More than 200 members attended the evening kindly hosted by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, which included live music, raffles and an open bar.

All photos taken and kindly provided by Elizabeth Stewart, editor of the Embassy Magazine:

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