Jim Filbin
Jim Filbin

A VETERAN Milngavie journalist has been honoured after 50 years of distinguished service in the profession.

Jim Filbin (79) was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIOJ) after decades of writing for a large range of national and regional newspapers, magazines and broadcasters.

Mr Filbin served in the Royal Air Force in the 1950s before taking a distance learning diploma from the London School of Journalists and launching a career as an agency reporter and freelance.

The former pupil of St Mungo’s Secondary, Glasgow, also wrote historical political publications including The Covenant: Lessons From Scotland’s Past, 1945-79; and The Nordic Roadmap. In addition, he produced radical underground newsletters and pamphlets.

After receiving the award, Mr Filbin was left ‘elated and vindicated’.

He said: “I only wish some of the people I’ve worked with over the years were still around to celebrate with me.

“It’s been hard work but also tremendous fun. That’s a fair summary of it.”

When asked to pass down any advice to the new generation of journalists, he said the key was to be ‘obstinate and persistent’.

He added: “Stick at it. The noisier you are, the better.”

Mr Filbin has been a member of the CIOJ for 30 years and was its Scottish representative for more than 20 years.

He was presented with his Fellowship certificate at a ceremony attended by colleagues, relatives and friends at the Oran Mor in Glasgow.

CIOJ President Norman Bartlett said: “Jim has been an outstanding, committed and professional journalist and servant of the Institute for many years.

“His Fellowship is richly deserved and reflects his achievements and the high regard in which he is held by his colleagues.”