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: Mark Whitehead 07906720141

Branch Treasurer: Carmel McHenry

Auditors: Charles Harkness & Barry White

Newsletter Editor: Lisa Browne

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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Future branch meetings 2018

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 January (AGM). 14 February (Conference business). 14 March.


Should councils be allowed to publish their own freesheets?
Thursday, February 15, 2018
The Ministry of Housing, Local Government and Communities is being typically tight-lipped, but it looks as though the long-standing clampdown on councils issuing their own newspapers may be coming to an end.
PRCA diversity report urges root and branch reform of PR industry practices
Thursday, February 15, 2018
The PRCA has launched its 'diversity and inclusion guidelines' report, which calls on the industry to reform working and recruitment practices.
Council still ignoring government rules by printing illegal "newspaper" - and it's costing us a small fortune
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
A leading think tank has criticised Waltham Forest Council for spending a “small fortune” on its newsletter, amid debate on how much the fortnightly freesheet costs taxpayers.
'Reputations are hard won and easily lost' - PR chiefs dissect Oxfam's crisis
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
As far as communications crises go, the latest Oxfam scandal has it all: public and media outcry, criticism from corporate partners, and serious questions from parliament and regulators. PR chiefs discuss the charity's response, what it should do now, and the wider communications lessons.
Government widens roster of behavioural insights suppliers
Thursday, February 08, 2018
The government's procurement service has widened the public sector's choice of behavioural insight experts to call on.
Two Freemason 'lodges' for political journalists still operating secretly in Westminster, reports Guardian
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Two Freemasons lodges set up for political journalists in Westminster were today revealed by the Guardian to still be operating in secret.
Waltham Forest Council tells Government it should be allowed to keep publishing rule-breaking paper
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Waltham Forest Council has told the Government it should be allowed to flout national rules by publishing its newsletter once a fortnight.
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.
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.