Ex-Mail ed­i­tor Paul Dacre is jour­nal­ism’s first lau­re­ate

Daily Mail - - EDEN CONFIDENTIAL - By Sam Green­hill Chief Re­porter

FOR­MER Daily Mail Ed­i­tor Paul Dacre has been named the coun­try’s first Jour­nal­ist Lau­re­ate.

Mr Dacre, who edited this news­pa­per for 26 years be­fore step­ping aside in the sum­mer ahead of his 70th birthday, was given the hon­our by the Lon­don Press Club for ex­cel­lence and lead­er­ship in jour­nal­ism.

On re­ceiv­ing the award on Thurs­day evening, he said the news­pa­per in­dus­try was ‘go­ing through a chal­leng­ing time’.

But he added: ‘I prom­ise you, mankind’s need for in­for­ma­tion, both en­ter­tain­ing and se­ri­ous, is as old as time it­self, and proper, as op­posed to fake, jour­nal­ism – that obeys the law, is self-reg­u­lated and is pro­duced by bril­liant creative minds – will sur­vive and flour­ish again.’

Lord Black of Brent­wood, the pres­i­dent of the Lon­don Press Club, said Mr Dacre had dom­i­nated the UK me­dia land­scape for a gen­er­a­tion to be­come ‘the most re­spected, coura­geous and pow­er­ful ed­i­tor in Fleet Street’.

He cited Mail cam­paigns on ban­ish­ing plas­tic bags, prostate cancer, sep­sis and ‘above all en­sur­ing that two of the bru­tal killers of Stephen Lawrence were put be­hind bars’.

Mr Dacre is now Chair­man and Ed­i­tor-in-Chief of Associated News­pa­pers.

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