NUJ Press & PR


NUJ PR & Communications branch
c/o NUJ HQ 72 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NB.
0207843 3700.

PR & Communications Branch Organiser: Fiona Swarbrick 0208 843 3729

Chair: John Millington

Vice-Chairs: Monica Foot and Mick Holder (job share) 0208 223 0712

Branch Secretary: Mark Whitehead 07906720141

Branch Treasurer: Carmel McHenry

Assistant Secretary: Sian Jones 07793314249

Newsletter Editor: Lisa Browne

Membership and Recruitment/Retention Officer: Mark Whitehead

Branch Equality Officer: Carmel McHenry 0207 226 5501

Welfare Officer and DM Convenor: Debbie Cavaldoro

Sector NEC member: Sian Jones

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Future branch meetings 2016

New Venue until further notice: London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8UE. The building is fully accessible. The nearest tube/station is King's Cross/St Pancras International.

Meetings: Wednesdays 6.30pm 10 May, 14 June and 12 July.


NEW 'Worrying trend' of freedom of the press in the UK as country ranks 40 in latest Reporters Without Borders index
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
'We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, suppression of freedoms - especially in democracies'
Journalists’ FoI requests more likely to be rejected, stats show
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Political chiefs stand accused of being “desperate to dodge scrutiny” after new figures showed journalists are having more Freedom of Information requests rejected than other applicants.
Unlike newspapers, the fees PR agencies pay have gone up with inflation - no wonder graduate trainees are jumping ship
Monday, August 07, 2017
Graduate trainee journalists are apparently increasingly jumping ship to the world of PR after discovering their original chosen profession is not as glamorous as they thought.

And quite frankly, is anyone surprised?
"Ripping" culture prompts graduate jounralists to fell national newspaper for PR career
Monday, August 07, 2017
More than half of recent graduate recruits on the website of one national newspaper have left to take jobs in PR due to disillusionment with its 'copy and paste' culture, according to Press Gazette.
Record number of Government files kept secret in 'affront to our democratic ideals'
Thursday, August 03, 2017
'A lack of disclosure can often lead to concerns that the Government has something to hide'
Labour MP becomes first serving politician to be registered as lobbyist
Monday, July 31, 2017
Barry Sheerman chairs Policy Connect, a London-based firm that has held meetings attended by businesses and ministers
TUC: Court ruling is victory for workers’ access to justice
Thursday, July 27, 2017
The Supreme Court has today (Wednesday) quashed the government’s system of fees for employment tribunals.
How business lobbyists thrive in the EU’s depoliticised media world
Thursday, July 27, 2017
The EU policy process is often criticised for being distant from its citizens. As Iskander De Bruycker writes, part of this criticism is rooted in a lack of media coverage of EU legislative decision-making. Drawing on a recent study, he illustrates that the extent to which politicians in Brussels engage with the media over a particular piece of legislation depends on how politicised that issue is. And while EU politicians are more likely to engage with the media on issues that have been politicised by civil society groups, they are less likely to do so over issues that business lobbyists have mobilised around.