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

Vice Chair: Debbie Cavaldoro

Branch Secretary: Natasha Wright

Branch Treasurer: Carmel McHenry

Auditors: Charles Harkness & Barry White

Newsletter Editor: Vacant

Branch Web Managers: Mick Holder & Barry White

Branch Equality Officer: Shumon Ali-Rahman

Welfare Officer Natasha Wright

DM Convenor Anita Halpin

Sector NEC member: Sian Jones

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Branch meetings

Venue NUJ HQ Headland House, 72 Acton Street, London, WC1 9 NB. The building is fully accessible. The nearest tube/station is King's Cross/St Pancras International.

Meetings 2019: 2nd Wednesday in the month 6.30pm. Next meetings Wednesday 12 June and 10 July, NUJ HQ, Headland House, 72 Acton Street, Kings Cross, London WC1.


NEW Council loses legal bid to save fortnightly free sheet
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Waltham Forest Council has lost a legal bid against a government ruling that orders the local authority to cease publishing its free sheet Waltham Forest News every fortnight.

A High Court judge ruled that the council’s judicial review challenging the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) decision on the matter was not “an abuse of power” as had been claimed.
'Local democracy threatened' as cuts bite and journalists’ jobs go
Sunday, June 02, 2019
Local democracy is under threat as public sector austerity cuts continue to bite and local journalists’ jobs drastically decline, a new book reveals.
‘Local Democracy, Journalism and Public Relations: The changing dynamics in local media and public sector communications ' exposes the increasing challenge of holding local politicians to account as government cuts hit council communications and local papers close in response to the shift to digital news.
Winner of the 2019 NUJ Stephen White award announced
Saturday, June 01, 2019
The winner of the 2019 NUJ Stephen White award for best communication and reporting of science in a non-science context was Clive Cookson. Clive has been a member of the union for more than 40 years and he is the Science Editor of the Financial Times. Read about the award on the NUJ website at

Stephen was a member of the NUJ and was posthumously awarded the union’s Gold Badge for his huge contribution to helping fellow journalists. We worked together in the publicity department for the then public service union, Nalgo (later Unison) in the 1980s.

Barry White.