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,
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