Paul F Cockburn reports on October’s Freelance Salon presented by the NUJ London Freelance Branch.
No one on the fifth-floor of Headland House last Thursday evening was likely to argue with writer Hina Pandya when she pointed out that “the freelance world (of journalism) is changing.” Indeed, everyone (well, at least the half-dozen people I had time to speak with) at London’s first NUJ Freelance Salon was there to “get ideas” about how to continue making a living in the profession – whether they’d been in the industry for decades or had just joined the NUJ the week before. Continue reading
At this month’s branch meeting, we’ll be throwing round ideas for motions to submit to the next Delegate Meeting, which will be in Southport, 15–17 April. If you have any topics you’d like to see debated by the NUJ at a national level, please bring along your ideas. Continue reading
The NUJ’s chapel at The Scotsman Publications is to ballot for strike action after Johnston Press announced it is seeking further redundancies across the titles.
The publisher is to cut 12 of the 32 production staff that are already stretched producing the Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, the Edinburgh Evening News, a number of magazines and two weekly newspapers.
The move follows previous job cuts at the newspaper group, including the loss of 75 editorial staff in 2013 and 2014.
More on this story here: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/sep/25/scotsman-staff-could-strike-as-third-of-production-team-face-axe
Breaking news from All Media Scotland: two editors are to step down at Newsquest’s Glasgow-based Herald and Times group. “Tony Carlin, editor of the Evening Times, and Richard Walker, editor of the Sunday Herald and The National, have decided to step down, although Richard will become consultant editor of The National.”
More of this story here.
When ? Monday 19th October @ 7pm
Where ? Film Guild Room, Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ. You get to the Film Guild room via the corridor to the left of the bar/restaurant. Be aware there may be films showing, so please keep conversation to a minimum until you’re in the room.
All members of the branch are very welcome, and we’ll be updating the details for the meeting nearer the time.
UK Music has launched a campaign to support BBC music services called #LetItBeeb. The campaign has the backing of Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Rita Ora, Paul Epworth, Emily Eavis, Paloma Faith, Chrissie Hynde, Brian Eno, Midge Ure, Rachel Portman, Debbie Wiseman, Alan Moulder, Michael Price, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bob Geldof, Young Turks and many others.
UK Music would ask supportive members of NUJ to sign this petition and follow the campaign online via www.letitbeeb.co.uk and twitter feed @letitbeeb.
Our first NUJ meeting of the autumn will be in two weeks’ time when we’ll have a special discussion on Cyberbullying and the Media.
When ? Monday 21st September @ 7pm Continue reading
Talks are under way between the union and senior Newsquest management over proposed 20% savings including redundancies and restructuring of editorial areas.
Progress was made in providing some clarity for members considering VR, particularly regarding photographic gear and using average earnings for calculating terms for part time staff. An audit is taking place on what equipment can be released for photographers considering taking a deal and going freelance, while part time staff have been informed of the calculations situation.
More on the NUJ Scotland website here.
The Scottish First Minister has thrown her weight behind a growing campaign to transform BBC Scotland into an international standard broadcaster. The demands for serious investment is picking up steam with unions and political parties throwing their weight behind ambitious plans. It is also becoming clear that management at Pacific Quay have submitted their own proposals to radically change and improve the corporation north of the border.
Nicola Sturgeon made a hard hitting speech at the Edinburgh international Television festival laying out the ambitions of the Scottish Government for a larger share of the licence fee for Scotland with greatly expanded news, current affairs and more drama produced in Scotland.
More on this on the NUJ Scotland website here.