This week, the National Council for the Training of Journalists, or NCTJ, published a list of the most respected journalists in the country, as nominated by fellow working journalists.
They were asked to name 'which journalist they felt most embodies the values of journalism that they respect and adhere to', and the 238-strong final list includes Salford Star editor, Stephen Kingston, together with total media legends like Kate Adie, John Pilger, Jeremy Paxman, Louis Theroux and John Humphrys, as well as lesser known writers, including Dan Grimmer from the Eastern Daily Press, Paul Rowland of Wales Online and Jennifer Williams from the Manchester Evening News.
"Journalists see colleagues all around them whose commitment to the right values they admire and respect" says Ian Hargreaves, professor of digital economy at Cardiff University, who chaired the Journalists at Work research, from which the list originated.
"What's striking is that the range of individual journalists who embody these values is so broad and so varied" he adds "This suggests to me that values-based journalism is thriving in these turbulent times. An outcome where one or two individuals wholly dominated the voting might have indicated the opposite: that such qualities are admirable but rare."
'Value-based journalism' might well be thriving but no-one wants to pay for it and the Salford Star, after 13 years and over 5,000 articles, is about to shut down...
"It's a huge honour but unfortunately you can't eat a list" says Star editor Stephen Kingston "The Salford Star is out of money at the end of November and is in danger of shutting down. So if anyone's got a job going as a Christmas elf or wants some leaves sweeping, let us know."
The Salford community is rallying to try and save the Star, with 13 local bands donating tracks for a benefit CD produced by the Sounds of Salford radio titled All Materials of Value Have Been Removed, named after the stencil sprayed on soon-to-be-demolished houses by Salford City Council.
After launching the CD this month, people from all over the country have responded with orders and donations, and there are more huge events planned in the near future to try and save the award-winning community-centred magazine and daily online news site...
For more details on the CD and to purchase a copy for £5 see previous Salford Star article – click here
To see the full list of 238 journalists nominated in the NCTJ survey – click here
The journalist who received the most nominations will be announced as the NCTJ charity's patron next week...