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 0207 843 3729

Chair: John Millington

Branch Secretary: Mark Whitehead 07906720141

Branch Treasurer: Carmel McHenry

Auditors: Charles Harkness & Mick Holder

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 2017

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 11 October, 8 November.


NEW Ireland: Ethics watchdog issues hundreds of fines to lobbyists
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The State’s ethics watchdog has confirmed that it has brought prosecutions against those who have failed to abide by lobbying laws.
NEW Welsh lobbying register 'needs more thought'
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Lobbyists and interest groups seeking to influence Welsh Assembly members should not have to sign a register for the time being, a committee has said.
Actually, PR should be proud that budgets are rising amid falling public spending
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Just as popes involve themselves in Catholic liturgy and bears use wooded areas for activities I don't deign discuss in public, tabloid newspapers like to have a good pop at the PR profession every now and again.
Speaking to media can be 'distressing' and 'daunting' - public should consider using lawyer or PR company, government guidan
Friday, January 05, 2018
Dealing with the media can be a “distressing” and “daunting” experience and the public need to “exercise caution” and should consider using a lawyer or public relations agency on sensitive matters, according to new government guidance.
Second chamber 'turning into House of Lobbyists’
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
The Electoral Reform Society is calling for an urgent review of House of Lords protocol, after an investigation by The Times found that peers who have retired can give guests access to bars and restaurants in the chamber for the rest of their lives – raising significant concerns about underhand lobbying.
Tory and DUP MPs criticised for ‘wining and dining’ tobacco firms
Friday, December 29, 2017
House of Commons data reveals MPs hosted hundreds of events in parliament on behalf of private companies in 2016-17
Record number of journalists jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt pay scant price for repression
Thursday, December 14, 2017
For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world’s worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser
Interns are people too
Friday, December 08, 2017
In the PR world we often use the phrase "we're a people business", yet, in parallel, we hear about PR companies exploiting young people with unpaid work experience and internships designed to "open doors" to a career in communications.