Janice Turner

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Janice Turner
Born Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England
Residence Camberwell, London, England
Occupation Journalist
Known for Columnist and feature writer for The Times
Spouse(s)
Ben Preston (m. 1995)
Relatives Peter Preston (father-in-law)

Janice Turner is a British journalist, and a columnist and feature writer for The Times.

Early life

She was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.[1] She went to Ridgewood School[2] in the north of Doncaster. She attended the University of Sussex, where she spent a year as an elected Student Union Officer and edited the Unionews magazine. She should not be confused with Janice Turner who was chair of the Young Liberals from 1983-1985 who is also a journalist and who is the journal editor and diversity officer of the trade union BECTU.

Career

Before her present post, she was a magazine editor for several women's titles, launching That's Life and Real. She left to write occasional columns for The Guardian and wrote a column about magazines for the Press Gazette.

Turner won Interviewer of the Year in the 2014 British Press Awards. She was shortlisted for best columnist in 2005,[3] 2007,[4] and 2008,[5] 2016 (highly commended) and 2017. She was shortlisted for best interviewer in 2006 and 2017.[6] She was short-listed for the 2017 Orwell Prize.

In 2016, she won the award "A Woman's Voice" in the Editorial Intelligence awards which she declined with the following statement:

'Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female.' Simone de Beauvoir wrote those words in 1949. And in journalism, they are still true. Marina, Rosamund, Mary and I have written about elections, war, Brexit, celebrity, poverty, refugees,sport... But whatever women columnists write, and however well we write it, our words are heard only in a minor key. A woman's voice. I would be letting down the many talented female human beings on British newspapers if I accepted this award.

Personal life

She married Ben Preston, executive editor of The Sunday Times, a former editor of the Radio Times, and a former deputy editor of The Times,[7] and the son of Peter Preston, in 1995. The couple have two sons. She lives in Camberwell, South London.


References

  1. ^ "Regeneration in the newspapers: Fast train set to pull in new business". Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  2. ^ Turner, Janice. "Can you succeed if you go to a comp?". Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  3. ^ "British Press Awards - first shortlists". Press Gazette. 11 February 2005. Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 19 September 2018 – via archive.is. Janice Turner, The Times
  4. ^ "US". Retrieved 7 January 2018. [dead link]
  5. ^ "British Press Awards nominees". 4 March 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2018 – via www.theguardian.com.
  6. ^ Busfield, Steve (20 March 2006). "British Press Awards as they happened ..." Retrieved 7 January 2018 – via www.theguardian.com.
  7. ^ Hodgson, Jessica (15 April 2002). "Turner leaves Real life behind". Retrieved 7 January 2018 – via www.theguardian.com.
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