This month, it’s the branch’s annual general meeting when we’ll be reflecting on the year gone by and electing officers for the year ahead. Let me know if you’d like to stand (or stand down) for any of the posts. This is how it’s looking at the moment:
Chair: Joyce McMillan Vice-chair: Simon Barrow Secretary: Mark Fisher Membership and welfare: Paul Cockburn Treasurer: David Gow Training: Claire Foottit Edinburgh Trade Union Council rep: Bruce Whitehead Student rep: John Gillespie Auditor 1: Lorraine Mallinder Auditor 2: Adam Ramsay
Also at the meeting, we’ll be discussing the preliminary agenda for the forthcoming NUJ Delegate Meeting and electing two delegates to represent us at it.
Pleased to report a positive outcome to the court case hanging over Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, our guest speakers in April. They were arrested in relation to No Stone Unturned, their powerful documentary about a massacre in a Northern Irish pub in 1994, but the police have now dropped the case against them
At this month’s meeting, we’ll be discussing the NUJ’s structural review, asking how the union can best work on behalf of freelances, and how the voices of freelances can be heard at the highest level of the union – please give that some thought and come along with your ideas.
Sorry, we’re going to skip our meeting this month, which means the next Edinburgh Freelance meeting will be on Monday 17 June. The plan is to have a discussion that can feed into the NUJ’s structural review, asking how the union can best work on behalf of freelances, and how the voices of freelances can be heard at the highest level of the union – please give that some thought before then. In the meantime, please complete this NUJ freelance survey:
I’m delighted to announce a very special event for this month’s branch meeting. In conjunction with Edinburgh and District Branch, we’re welcoming NUJ members Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey who were arrested in relation to No Stone Unturned, their powerful documentary about a massacre in a Northern Irish pub in 1994 when masked men shot at football fans from behind, leaving six dead and five injured. The film also points to corruption involving the police, paramilitary gangs and the army. A quarter of a century later, nobody has been arrested for the murders, but two journalists have been arrested for doing their jobs and reporting on them. Read the full story here: https://www.nuj.org.uk/campaigns/no-stone-unturned/ At the event on Monday 15 April, we will have a screening of the documentary followed by a question-and-answer session with Birney and McCaffrey. Please come along to show your support for the journalists and this important freedom-of-speech case. We’ll be starting at 6pm to allow time for the screening – fine to show up late if you can’t avoid missing the start of it. Should be a great night. PLEASE NOTE VENUE AND START TIME 6PM MONDAY 15 APRIL Quaker Meeting House 7 Victoria Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2JL http://www.equaker.org.uk I look forward to seeing you there,
We’re teaming up again with Edinburgh and District next week to welcome a special guest speaker to Edinburgh. Alan Wort is treasurer of the Media Fund, the funding body that supports independent media. They have already done some great work in helping independent media enterprises get off the ground and have an impressive growth strategy. Allan is keen to secure support for the Media Fund and to discuss ideas for local initiatives.
The NUJ’s DM 2018 passed a motion committing the NUJ to support and publicise the work of the Media Fund. Trade union principles are central to the Media Fund’s operating model and its partners have to sign up to the following code:
· They must abide by the NUJ’s code of conduct. · They must not be reliant on corporate or state funding. · They must support full unionisation of their workplaces. More information: https://themediafund.org/
Our first meeting of 2019 is in two weeks’ time when we’ll be electing our branch officers and looking forward to the year ahead.
Here’s a list of the branch roles and the current office holders. Let me know if you’re interested in standing for any of the posts (or standing down).
Chair: Joyce McMillan Vice-chair: Simon Barrow Secretary: Mark Fisher Membership secretary and welfare: Paul Cockburn Treasurer: Joyce McMillan (standing in for Nick McGowan-Lowe) Training: vacant Edinburgh Trade Union Council rep: vacant Student rep: Denitsa Tsekova Auditor 1: Joyce McMillan Auditor 2: Adam Ramsay
Next Monday’s meeting is a chance to welcome the next generation of journalists into the NUJ as we talk about making the transition from student journalism to a professional career.
We’ve already been publicising the meeting among students and have had a phenomenal response. We’re hoping there’ll be a similarly big take-up from branch members because we’ll finish the evening with an informal chat, giving the students a chance to talk to professional journalists about their careers. Do come along!