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!
The discussion at our meeting on Monday 17 September will be on the topical theme of Facts and Fake News, Balance and Bias.
Is the Conservative MP Damian Collins correct to say “we are facing nothing less than a crisis in our democracy based on the systematic manipulation of data to support the relentless targeting of citizens without their consent by campaigns of disinformation and messages of hate”? Continue reading
I’m delighted to announce that our guest speaker for tonight’s session about General Data Protection Regulation for journalists is Sorcha Lorimer of Sympatico Consulting, a North Berwick company specialising in data privacy regulation. She’ll be focusing on the practicalities of GDPR as it affects journalists and will be providing an ebook guide. More about Sympatico here: http://www.sympaticoconsulting.co.uk Continue reading
At our meeting this month, we’ll be hearing from print journalists who have made the transition to writing books. What are the pros and cons of self-publishing, traditional publishing houses, print-on-demand and the extra effort of taking on such a big undertaking? Are there knock-on benefits? And is it an effective way to make journalistic skills pay?