Executive Board Report 2017 / 2018

The past year has thrust construction and housing into the public consciousness like never before, following the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower. From design, engineering, build quality, and health and safety, to building control, resident engagement and housing management, the disaster has touched all parts of the built environment sector.Specialist journalism has played a pivotal role in investigating the tragedy, exploring the implications for readers and in scrutinising and holding those involved to account.

Meanwhile, the #MeToo movement and the FT’s President’s Club investigation have given cause to examine the sectors we write about and the media industry itself. Publications and communication professionals have been looking in the mirror and considering what action they can take to stamp out sexism and promote inclusivity.

Against this backdrop of challenge, change and readjustment, IBP has continued to bring people across the built environment together, to support networks, support careers and promote debate about the future.

The IBP Communication and PR Awards continued to flourish, highlighting outstanding campaigns, teams and individuals. Over eighty editors, journalists, communication professionals and guests gathered to celebrate the winners and listen to Young Journalist of the Year Katherine Smale, as she developed her opening remarks on “Engineering a career change” – from trainee engineer to award winning young journalist on New Civil Engineer. Young Communicator of the Year (2017) Declan Bennet with the London Communications Agency particularly wowed the judges, as did Goodfellow Communications, who took the Best PR Consultancy Team awards after demonstrating remarkable growth.

The IBP Journalism Awards opened with a sobering, moment-in-time speech from Telegraph Group executive director and Conservative Peer Lord Black. The former Press Complaints Commission director spoke from the heart about the importance of press freedom and the threats, costs and opportunities ahead. The awards were once again judged by 28 respected expert judges, and highlighted the quality and value of committed, long-term investigative journalism, that is well represented in the built environment B2B titles and ‘embraced’ by the National media.

Looking forward, the Futures Group is planning to approach all members with a two-minute survey of what topics they want to see covered by future sessions. Still very much on the agenda is a searching session looking at the #MeToo movement, asking how trade publications can balance scrutiny with supporting their readers and the role of communicators in championing positive change. Past sessions have featured leading speakers from the FT, Buzzfeed, the Wall Street Journal and others for the benefit of members.

IBP remains committed to bringing people together to share ideas and create outstanding content. The board is exploring the exciting possibilities for the future, including reaching out to built environment specialist writers in the national and regional media through our association with News Media UK and the Society of Editors, and continuing to evolve our events.

We always want to hear from members about what they find valuable and what they would like IBP to provide, so please keep an eye out for the Futures Group survey, due shortly.

I thank warmly all board members for giving their valuable time to attend meetings and discuss the IBP’s present activities and future direction.

I also thank members for entering the IBP Journalism Awards and the Communication and PR Awards and our sponsors and partners. I look forward to seeing you at our next events.

Emma Maier
President
Editor-in-chief, Inside Housing

Alex Catto Remembered

Alex Catto, an appreciation

by Graham Ridout, former investigative journalist on Contract Journal and Building magazine

Alex Catto, a long-standing editor of Contract Journal and one of the most influential journalists of the 1980s was laid to rest on 8 May, aged 78. He presided over Contract Journal during the halcyon days of construction and property journalism when eight weekly news titles vied competitively against one another and a further 20 or so monthly and less frequent titles doing battle for readers and advertisers.

Both Alex’s father and grandfather were journalists and he followed in their footsteps and was fiercely protective over maintaining editorial and ethical standards. Of Highland stock, his height and girth made him a formidable figure. This coupled with a perceptive grasp of detail and, at times, a caustic way of expressing an opinion if he thought somebody was being economical with the truth.

As an editor, he was steadfastly loyal and highly supportive of his staff. And at the end of the day, he enjoyed nothing more than having a drink with colleagues and chatting about all things under the sun, but especially his beloved Crystal Palace football club.

During his tenure, CJ pioneered a series of tests during which major manufacturers’ earthmoving machines were pitched against one-another in various performance tests. At the time, it was a risky strategy as the manufacturers were major advertisers and a poor showing could be costly in advertising revenue to the journal. However, Alex’s dedication to accurate, objective reporting ensured no manufacturer had grounds for complaint.

Honorary IBP Vice President Peter Bill (President 1992-96 and 1998-2000) entered journalism under Alex’s reign at CJ. He recalls: “I can see him now at his desk half hidden behind toppling stacks of paper. Sat there like a benign owl, dispensing wisecracks, anecdotes and occasional shafts of wisdom. He enjoyed holding court at news meetings. He radiated bonhomie, but was capable of withering sarcasm, but delivered from a good heart.” After leaving CJ, Alex settled in Hastings with wife Shona and pursued a freelance career editing several environmental magazines.

Contract Journal ‘s proud 130-year history ended in 2009 when publisher Reed Business Press closed the magazine. The economic fall-out of 2008 and a seismic shift in the way projects were procured proved fatal. CJ made its name by employing a handful of dedicated employees whose job was to garner information about the major contracts that were about to be let or had recently been awarded. This provided valuable information to suppliers and subcontractors about possible work opportunities. European Union legislation requiring contacts over a specified value to be advertised the European Journal, the entry of a number of specialised information providers, and growing power of the internet provided the coup de gras.

IBP Journalism Awards 2017: Nominations

The following nominations have been made in the IBP Annual National Journalism Awards for 2017. Please note the nominations are listed alphabetically and the winner in each category will be announced at the Annual Journalism Awards dinner at the Four Seasons hotel on Thursday 30th November.

ARCHITECTURE WRITER OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by BDP)
Manon Mollard, The Architectural Review
Hugh Pearman, RIBA Journal
Isabelle Priest, RIBA Journal

CONSTRUCTION/INFRASTRUCTURE WRITER OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Willmott Dixon)
James Kenny, Construction Manager
Jack Simpson, Construction News
Katherine Smale, New Civil Engineer

NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Four Communications)
Pete Apps, Inside Housing
Sophie Barnes, Inside Housing
Richard Waite, The Architects’ Journal

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Colliers International)
Daniel Kemp, Construction News
Isabelle Priest, RIBA Journal
Amber Rolt, Estates Gazette

BUSINESS/FINANCIAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR  (Sponsored by AECOM)
Pete Apps, Inside Housing
Joanna Bourke, London Evening Standard
Guy Montague-Jones, Property Week

HOUSING /RESIDENTIAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by IBP)
Pete Apps, Inside Housing
Sophie Barnes, Inside Housing
Gavriel Hollander, Inside Housing

MULTI-MEDIA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR  (Sponsored by Media Contacts)
Simon Aldous, The Architects’ Journal
Marcus Fairs, Dezeen
Martin Hilditch, Inside Housing

‘NEW’ JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR  (Sponsored by The Built Environment Trust)
Lucy Alderson, Construction News
Nathaniel Barker, Inside Housing
Luke Barratt, Inside Housing

MAGAZINE (WEEKLY) OF THE YEAR  (Sponsored by Marley Eternit)
Construction News
Inside Housing
Property Week

MAGAZINE (NON WEEKLY) OF THE YEAR  (Sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Architects)
Construction Manager
New London Quarterly
Planning in London

DIGITAL SERVICE  (sponsored by IBP)
Dezeen
The Architects’ Journal
The B1M

SCOOP OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by FTI Consulting)
Pete Apps, Inside Housing
Mark Hansford, New Civil Engineer
Jack Simpson, Construction News

THE IBP JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by AECOM)
Will be announced from the winners of the individual categories

Executive Board Report 2016/17

In a year in which the UK has faced unprecedented political turmoil and considerable uncertainty, the role of journalism has arguably been even more important than usual.

For the specialist press covering the built environment, this has heightened the need to help readers navigate the shifting political sands and business consequences. PR and communications professionals in the field have needed strong networks, relationships and adaptability.

In this context, the IBP’s role in bringing people together, fostering members’ careers and facilitating debate are of great value.

The past 12 months saw the most successful IBP PR and Communication Awards – the largest to date, and with an inspiring set of winners. Sophie Walker, Leader of the Women’s Equality Party, spoke passionately about the need for greater equality and called on journalists and PR professionals to do more to raise its importance.

The IBP Journalism Awards, too, highlighted the best of the sector, as judged by a panel of highly respected journalists and industry experts. With a second-time lucky speech from former City planner Peter Rees Wynne (after he didn’t make it the previous year), the awards were an excellent way to finish the year.

The Futures Group, which puts on forward-looking events for IBP members to network and discuss the future of journalism and communications, was rebooted this year. The programme included a fascinating debate on political reporting in the age of ‘fake news’ featuring leading journalists from the FT and Buzzfeed UK, a valuable behind-the-scenes look at digital journalism at the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal and an excellent panel on investigative journalism.

As the economic and political uncertainty continues, the IBP strives to put on events that members will find beneficial and bring people together to debate and share ideas. We always want to hear from members about what they would like IBP to provide.

I thank warmly all board members for giving their valuable time to attend meetings and discuss the IBP’s present activities and future direction.

I also thank members for entering the IBP Journalism Awards and the PR and Communication Awards and look forward to seeing you at our next events.

ibp Journalism Awards 2016: Judges

Giles Barrie, Managing Director, FTI Consulting [former editor, Property Week]

Adrian Barrick, Global Brand Director, Haymarket Business Media [former editor, Buildin] *

Lewis Blackwell, Executive Director, The Building Centre [former journalist: Estates Times]

Pip Clothier, Journalist and broadcaster

Mark Collins, Executive Director, CBRE

Michael Day, Managing Director, Integra Property Services

Peter Day, Correspondent, BBC 'In Business' programme

Tim Denton, Director, Denton Media, Consultant to Dennis Publishing *

George Demetri, Freelance Journalist [former editor World Tunnelling & Port Technology Int]

Hannah Fearn, Comment Editor, The Independent *

Soraya Khan, Founder Partner, Theis and Khan Architects

David Lawson, Freelance Journalist

Mike Leonard, Director, Modern Masonry Alliance *

Lee Mallett, Consultant, Urbik Limited [former editor, Building Design/Estates Times]

Dominic Morgan, Director, Ing Media [former deputy editor, Property Week]

Richard Northedge, City & Business Journalist [former deputy City editor, The Sunday Telegraph]

Alasdair Reisner, CEO, Civil Engineering Contractors Association [former journalist: Construction News]

Peter Roper, Freelance Journalist

Dickon Ross, Editor-in-Chief, Engineering & Technology

Barbara Rowlands, Associate Professor of Journalism, City University London *

David Saffin, Consulting Engineer, CEO, Second Option Alliance

John Slaughter, Director, External Affairs, Home Builders Federation

Ruth Slavid, Architectural editor and journalist, [former editor AJ Online]

David Taylor, Editor, New London Quarterly

John Waples, UK Head of Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting [former City editor, the Sunday Times]

James Whitmore, Tavistock [former Executive Editor, Property Week]

John Yadoo, Partner, Pryme Consulting [Vice President CIOB]

*New judges for 2016
This list of judges is correct at the time of issue
30 June 2016

 

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Communication and PR Awards Nominations

The following, listed alphabetically, have been nominated in the 2016 Communication and PR Awards.

Best Business Communications Campaign
Colliers International
Goodfellow Communications

Integrated Campaign
Holistic
London Communications Agency
The Oracle Group

In House Communications Team
Arcadis Global PR
Colliers International
Galliford Try

Young Communicator of the Year
Amelie Barrau, Press Officer
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Tim Daborn, Account Manager
Goodfellow Communications
Geoff Robjent, Account Director. Property PR
Four Communications

PR Consultancy Team
Holistic Group
London Communications Agency
YOU Agency

The winners will be announced and presented with their award at the Awards Party on Thursday 16 June, at St Martin’s Hall and Light Well, St Martin-in-the Field, Trafalgar Square.

IBP Events Programme 2016

IBP runs a pro-active and re-active programme of events; therefore, the programme listed below only includes planned events. A number of other events are promoted as and when a subject or industry issues needs to be aired.

 

THURSDAY 28 April

TALKING DIGITAL WITH THE GUARDIAN and the WALL STREET JOURNAL

IBP Futures Group

Chaired by: Nick Duxbury, Executive Editor, Inside Housing

Hosted by: Edelman

Time/Venue: 6.30pm: Southside, 103 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QT

Speakers:

Martin Belam, Social and New Formats Editor, The Guardian

Sarah Marshall, Social Media Editor, The Wall Street Journal

 

THURSDAY 16 JUNE

COMMUNICATION and PR AWARDS

IBP Summer Party

Venue: St Martin’s Hall and Light Well, St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square

Hosted by: Rebecca Evans, Editor, Construction News, President IBP

Speaker: Sophie Walker, Leader of the UK’s Women’s Equity Party

Programme in development

 

JULY

IBP Virtual AGM

 

AUGUST

Call for Entries: IBP Annual Journalism Awards

Awards entries close Friday 9 September

Awards Judging: Monday 10 October

 

LATE SEPTEMBER

IBP Futures Group

Subject:

Hosted by:

Time/Venue:

In development

 

THURSDAY 01 DECEMBER

IBP Annual National Journalism Awards Dinner

Venue: Four Seasons Hotel, Park Lane

Guest Speaker & Awards Presented by:

Peter Wynne Rees CBE, Professor of Places and City Planning

UCL Faculty of the Built Environment

Awards Presentations hosted by:

Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture Gallery at The Building Centre

Programme in development

 

MONDAY12 DECEMBER

Communications Industry Carol Service

Venue: St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London EC4 6.30 to 7.30pm
Reception: All Bar One, Ludgate Hill – 7.30PM onwards

 

What a Journo Should Know

President of the IBP and Editor of Construction News, Rebecca Evans outlines what she thinks all journalists starting out in the industry should be aware of.

When I entered journalism, it was clear that things were changing. Being open to the changes taking place would be my first piece of advice for journalists starting out in the current climate.

A shifting journalistic world

Back in 2000 when I started out, publications operated in a fundamentally different way. This was a world before iPhones and tablets, when traditional print was still the main way people digested content.

But over the past 10 years, the number of people using the internet increased five fold. By mid 2014 almost 90% of the UK were online and now in 2015 61% of people use their mobile phones to access the internet.

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The world has moved online.

These developments have had serious implications for the way journalists work. We’ve all had to challenge ourselves as to how we transform the traditional magazine model into something that is a genuine digital proposition.

That doesn’t mean traditional print has become redundant but it does mean content must be tailored to cater for different needs, including via different platforms. You have to make sure you are making your customers happy, whether they are reading your hard copy magazine or reading you on their phone or their laptop. The truth is we are able to offer far more online – there’s more content, it’s faster and it’s more personalised.

Data doesn’t lie

The digital age means it’s possible for us to use data to inform our editorial decisions.
In the past you wanted to get the ‘best’ story, but weren’t challenged in the same way as to what exactly the ‘best’ story meant. Now there are huge amounts of analytics that can be collected and shared, so everybody on the team can see exactly how many people are looking at and engaging with their stories.

Has this increased competition? There’s always been and always will be competition, and that’s part of what drives good media. In the same way that journalists traditionally competed for the front page, now they are also competing for the most-read story of the week online or having the best Twitter reach.

Your gut instinct of what makes a good story is still important but you also need to know that people are looking at it. Whatever the business model of your title – subscription, metered, free – you need to be getting the right people looking at your content in the right numbers.

The importance of context

My career has been spent in B2B journalism and I have found that specialised knowledge is less of a prerequisite and more of an end goal. Construction News is the fifth B2B title I’ve worked on, and not all of those titles have been in the built environment. I moved around from sector to sector, covering social housing, local government and NHS policy before joining Construction News. .

I don’t expect journalists to join my team with knowledge of construction already. I expect them to join with an interest in current affairs, with an interest in the economy, politics and business. They don’t need to be a specialist in construction, they need to be a brilliant journalist – they’ll learn the sector knowledge on the job.

It’s not a problem to change subject areas, as long as you’re prepared to put yourself out there, to ask questions and to admit when there’s something you don’t know.

The advantage to working in different industries and sectors is that it helps you to understand the bigger picture and that makes you a better journalist. The more you can get to grips with the context surrounding your stories, the more you can make them relevant to your audience. Crucially, an understanding of context allows you to consider better the way your writing might make your readers feel. Tapping into people’s intrinsic motivations is a powerful way of gaining, and more importantly, retaining attention.

Understand social media (and its limitations)

Social media is a brilliant journalistic tool. Every journalist should have a Twitter feed. This doesn’t mean having a huge amount of followers necessarily, but using it to interact and engage with others.

Twitter is not just about broadcasting your own voice but listening to others, it’s all about two-way engagement. Being able to demonstrate that you are very good at engaging with people on Twitter, that you understand how to build a following and what makes people tick is certainly an advantage when it comes to getting a job.

Having said that, when it comes to doing the job, nothing beats the importance of building ‘real-life’ relationships. It’s great to have instant conversations with people you’ve never met via Twitter, but journalists still need to know when to pick up the phone and when to get out and see someone in person.

Never stop networking

The importance of networking for journalists has in no way diminished. We may be used to communicating in a very digital way, but nothing beats having an actual face-to-face conversation and that is no less true now than it was 15 years ago.

Networking is key to building, maintaining and expanding the relationships you have with people. For journalists, this means regularly attending events where you are confident that at a good proportion of the guests are going to be useful to talk to.

Think about the events that the IBP runs: the annual journalism awards are really important because you meet other journalists – competitors and peers – as well as PRs and other important people in the built environment.

If you’re able to hear directly from leading journalists about how they have progressed their career and talk to them in person, it builds connections. You can’t beat meeting people: no matter how many online followers you have, you’ve still got to be at the right events, talking to the right people.

What does a successful networker look like? I’d expect them to have several meetings a week and attend an evening or breakfast event at least a couple of times a week.

Rebbeca Evans at The Journalism Awards
Rebecca Evans at The Construction News Awards

Adapting is surviving

Being open to change and being able to demonstrate that I have led a process of change, has helped me further my career. Journalism is evolving, and particularly with all the digital opportunities and challenges, change is an inevitable part of the business.

How can you demonstrate your adaptability? It is all about identifying chances to stand out. It’s about innovating, particularly with digital opportunities, and using your initiative to do something different or new, such as presenting a set of data in a way that no one’s done before.

Ask yourself – What do people really want from us here? What’s really valuable? Then demonstrate that you’ve used your initiative to address the answers.

Sometimes we all have to do things that might fail. There must be a willingness to think about things, try things, test them, and if they don’t work, tweak them or move on.

Change is not a threat

Journalists should expect and embrace change. We probably don’t even know what some of our job titles will be in five years’ time; be open to opportunities as they arise.

I think it’s important not to see change as a threat. Journalism will survive. When I started working, I didn’t think “I want to get into digital” but it’s been incredibly interesting and rewarding. It’s a very exciting time to be a journalist.

IBP President’s AGM Report 2015

I hope all IBP members will join me in feeling proud that over the past 12 months we have retained and enhanced the most valued elements of the IBP’s offer to its members while innovating and evolving as all good organisations must.

The atmosphere at the annual journalism awards at the Four Seasons Hotel in October was competitive and yet warm – a testament to how highly valued these awards are and at the same time how membership of the IBP bestows a real sense of being part of the built environment journalism community. National Housing Federation chief executive David Orr’s keynote speech illustrated just how much housing and the built environment would be hotly debated topics in the run up to the general election and beyond.

Housing was a central topic too at the annual Strategic Land Debate in November. The theme, ‘Whose Land Is It Anyway’ brought forth spirited discussion from the distinguished panellists on the green belt, garden cities, the private rented sector and High Speed 2.

Claer Barrett of the Financial Times chaired her final Futures Group event in May – a thought-provoking panel discussion of the ways digital media have changed and will continue to change the way we all work and the content we produce. On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank Claer for so successfully chairing the IBP Futures Group since its inception. She is succeeded by Nick Duxbury, executive editor, Inside Housing, who brings fresh ideas for a programme of events beginning in September.
I am delighted that we launched the new IBP website this year – it has more video, is more interactive and makes it even easier to get involved.

The PR and Communication Awards in July moved up in the world – this year taking place at the Sky Bar overlooking the rooftops of St Paul’s, a stunning backdrop to the winners’ celebrations.

This year the IBP Journalism Awards will join the PR Awards in offering an online entry process which we hope will attract even more submissions. The entries will be carefully sorted by a number of new judges from across journalism and the built environment who join the prestigious judging panel.

The IBP’s social media presence continues to grow, with a LinkedIn group and an ever growing band of Twitter followers. Twitter is one great way to get in touch to suggest other things we should be doing for our members and to attract new recruits. And, on that note, if you have a colleague who isn’t yet a member, do encourage them to join us. There’s plenty more to come this year!

Rebecca Evans
Editor, Construction News
President, IBP
@CNRebeccaEvans
@mediaIBP

Judges Announced for the ibp Journalism Awards 2015

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Bernard Aryeeley, Head of Policy, Research and Public Affairs, Shelter
Giles Barrie, Managing Director, FTI Consulting [former editor, Property Week]
Lewis Blackwell, Executive Director, The Building Centre [former journalist: Estates Times]
Pip Clothier, Journalist and broadcaster
Mark Collins, Executive Director, CBRE
Michael Day, Managing Director, Integra Property Services
Peter Day, Correspondent, BBC 'In Business' programme
Jenny Davey, Partner, Finsbury, [former City editor, the Sunday Times]
George Demetri, Freelance Journalist [former editor World Tunnelling]
Alison Gow, Editor, Digital Innovation, Trinity Mirror (Regionals)
Soraya Khan, Founder Partner, Theis and Khan Architects
David Lawson, Freelance Journalist
Lee Mallett, Consultant, Urbik Limited [former editor, Building Design/Estates Times]
Dominic Morgan, Director, Ing Media [former deputy editor, Property Week]
Richard Northedge, City & Business Journalist [former deputy City editor, The Sunday Telegraph]
Kate Pain, Head of Digital Media, IHS
Stuart Piercy, Founder, Stuart Piercy Company architects
Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive, Civil Engineering Contractors Association [former journalist: Construction News]
Peter Roper, Freelance Journalist
Dickon Ross, Editor-in-Chief, Engineering & Technology
David Saffin, Consulting Engineer
Andrew Sawers, Freelance Journalist [former editor, Accountancy Age]
John Slaughter, Director, External Affairs, Home Builders Federation
Ruth Slavid, Architectural editor and journalist, [former editor AJ Online]
Martin Spring, Freelance Journalist [former architecture editor, Building]
David Taylor, Editor, New London Quarterly
John Waples, UK Head of Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting [former City editor, the Sunday Times]
James Whitmore, Tavistock [former Executive Editor, Property Week]
Pip Wood, Corporate Communications Director, British Land
John Yadoo, Partner, Pryme Consulting [Vice President CIOB]

This list of judges is correct at the time of going to print.

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