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Reporting the BNP in London 13 March 2010

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London Central branch agreed in January to become one of the sponsors of the Expose launch rally on 23 February. We also agreed to dedicate April’s branch meeting to discussing how best to report on the BNP in London.

This spring, many of our members will have to cover the build up to both a set of council elections in London and the General Election itself. This will certainly present many problems as journalists seek to present a true picture without aiding in the spreading of racist lies.

The union has drawn up guidelines, but we know many NUJ members will have plenty of questions and concerns. Speakers from the union will be on hand to give advice and deal with questions.

We are asking all our chapels to discuss this issue in advance and try to ensure that they are represented at the meeting.

Make sure you tell us you’re coming via the Meetup group.

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London Central Branch wants to improve communications 12 March 2010

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London Central Branch is working to improve communications with branch members. We’ve set up a group on Meetup.com, a social networking website with a specific focus on physical meetings. The site will let you know when meetings are on, what we’re planning to discuss and who’s going to be there.

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ADM motions at July branch meeting this Tuesday 13 July 2009

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Please don’t forget to come along to the July branch meeting of the NUJ London Central branch this coming Tuesday July 14 at 7pm, where we will be approving the branch’s motions for this year’s ADM in Southport in November.

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June Branch Meeting 8 June 2009

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At the next monthly meeting of the London Central branch, this Tuesday June 9 at 7pm at Headland House, we will be starting the build-up to this year’s NUJ Annual Delegate Meeting, which takes place in the north west seaside resort of Southport from November 19-22 and is the forum in which the union determines its policies for the coming year.

It’s extremely important that as many branch members as possible try to attend Tuesday’s meeting because we will be proposing draft motions for the ADM, which will be put out for consultation after the meeting and considered for final approval and submission at the July branch meeting.

If you feel strongly about something and want it raised, then please draw up something and bring it along on Tuesday night. The aim is to look at what we have, circulate it and then take a final vote on it in July. We will of course have an opportunity to amend our resolutions — and anyone else’s for that matter — at a later meeting. A guide to how to draw up resolutions can be found by going to the NUJ website and clicking on the ADM 2009 logo. A link will also be posted on the London Central NUJ site.

The preliminary agenda will be out in August and again will be available to view online. The branch will make any necessary amendments and elect delegates at the September branch meeting and the final agenda will be out in October.

Let’s ensure we have maximum involvement from all sectors covered by our branch. NUJ members from the national titles in particular will have much to contribute to the important discussions that will take place in Southport. Every member can play their part in making ADM 2009 a success — and that means you.

We will also be discussing other matters at the meeting, including requests for help from our members at national newspapers and other media outlets in fighting job losses and other cutbacks. So please come along on Tuesday — Headland House is just five minutes’ walk from King’s Cross and St Pancras rail stations and there will be drinks in a local pub after the meeting.

NUJ Lobby 25th March 20 March 2009

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Time to put pressure on MPs over local media jobs

With a week to go until the NUJ’s parlimentary lobby over local media cutbacks, more than seventy UK MPs have signed a motion on the issue.

The parliamentary petition regrets job cuts at profitable local media and calls on the government to give state support ONLY in return for guarantees on investment in journalism.

MPs from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and seven different political parties have backed the demand.

The NUJ is calling on as many journalists as possible to attend a lobby of Westminster on 25 March and to write to their MPs before that date.

f you are coming email campaigns@nuj.org.uk for more info.

The NUJ estimates that nearly 2,000 jobs have been lost from regional newspapers, television, radio, and websites.

Early Day Motion 916 supporting local journalism has 71 MPs signed up from the Conservative, Demonractic Unionist, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Plaid Cymru, Scottish Nationalist, and Social Democratic and Labour parties.

The lobby is on Wednesday 25 March. There is a briefing for MPs about regional journalism in the UK at 2pm in Committee Room 20 of the House of Commons. Individual journalists are encouraged to speak to their own MP after the briefing.

There will be an additional meeting for Welsh MPs at 3.30pm in Committee Room 21.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said: “It is important that as many people as possible lobby their MPs by letter and in person. We need to demonstrate to them that we are serious about Standing Up for Journalism.

“Please write to your MP even if they have signed the EDM – we need to create some momentum for the campaign.

“There is a lot of talk about state-subsidy, tax-breaks and statutory advertising. If that happened now it would not save jobs – it would just create a government-funded free cash point for profit-hungry speculators.

“Any state aid must be tied to guarantees about jobs and public service journalism – in newspapers, websites and broadcasting.

“There must also mechanisms to safeguard editorial integrity.

“The government also needs to look at backing new local media start ups as part of their agenda of supporting social cohesion.”

The lobby is part of a union-wide campaign against media cutbacks.

13 March 2009 updated 18 March 2009