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09 December, 2010

Media Values is the title of a new 199-page hardback book just published by Troubadour Press in the UK, inspired by the late Bill Porter, founder of the International Communications Forum. The book is edited by Richard Lance Keeble, professor of journalism at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Media Values brings together the writings of 27 experienced international journalists and artists to celebrate Bill Porter’s life and reflect on the values that he promoted through the ICF.

Shortly before his death in 2009, Porter suggested the publication of a book in which colleagues could highlight in many ways the fundamental principles of the ICF. The result is Media Values  which carries 29 chapters from individual contributors, many of whom knew Porter.

Commenting on the book, Sir David Bell, non-executive director of The Economist, chair of the Media Standards Trust and recently retired chairman of the Financial Times writes: 'This is an impressive book inspired by a remarkable man who was devoted to the simple idea that the media can have high standards and prepared to campaign tirelessly to make this idea come alive. As this book shows, his impact was considerable and the torch which he lit is burning stronger than ever.'

Those who have contributed chapters are Berrnard Margueritte, Chair of the ICF, John Bond, Malgorzata Bonikowska, Fabrice Boule, Alan Channer, Charles Chasie, Simon Cohen, John B Fairfax, Carol Goar, Gordan Graham, Grigory Gundarin, Hank Heald, Michael Henderson, Martyn Lewis, Magnus Linklater, Rafael Marques de Morais, John Munro, Hugh Nowell, Olga Noskova, Danko Plevnik, Natalya Skvortsova, Michael Smith, William Stainsby, Faustina Starrett, Tomas Vrba, Bob Webb and Hugh Steadman Williams.

The book is on sale in the UK at £18.95 plus postage and package from the Initiatives of Change centre in London. It can also be ordered online from:


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