Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

IN THE AIR; Media

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

IN THE AIR; Media

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Byline: GIDEON SPANIER

. FREELANCE photographer Gary Trotter is in the money after taking the pictures of John Prescott playing croquet that were splashed across The Mail on Sunday. "I live near Dorneywood and have been going up there three or four times a week for the past few weeks," says Trotter, who runs the Images Sans Frontieres photo agency. "Most of the time, nothing was going on. I just happened to strike lucky." Trotter isn't overly worried about anyone complaining to the Press Complaints Commission about the long-lens snaps. The deputy PM was apparently clearly visible to the naked eye from a public road.

Naturally, Trotter won't say what he expects to earn from the pictures. "I still don't earn as much as John Prescott a week," he laughs.

. JOHN Micklethwait has made his first external hire since his appointment as Economist editor last month. He has raided The Daily Telegraph to poach diplomatic editor Anton La Guardia, who will become defence and security correspondent.

La Guardia, a former foreign correspondent for the Telegraph in the Middle East and South Africa, has been on the paper for almost 20 years.

His decision to quit is a blow to the Telegraph's foreign affairs coverage. It is already losing another experienced hand, foreign affairs leader writer Simon Scott-Plummer, who is retiring.

. BACK in the early days of The Independent, the paper used to have a policy about not taking freebies - but does it still? Literary boulevardier John Walsh (right) seems to have been on a remarkable array of foreign trips recently.

This week, he has penned a "Tales from Mauritius" column, which is little more than a hymn of praise to the "dreamlike" Prince Maurice hotel. Three weeks ago, it was "Tales from Jamaica", another puff from the "five-star Royal Plantation Hotel". Walsh should ask to be hotels correspondent.

. REPORTING from Iraq is only getting more difficult with the deaths this week of a CBS TV crew in Baghdad. Many news organisations no longer maintain a constant journalistic presence inside the Iraqi capital - including Sky News, which is currently without a reporter on the ground. …

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