NUJ Press & PR


NUJ PR & Communications branch
c/o NUJ HQ 72 Acton Street, London, WC1X 8NB.
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 Young journalists' survey: Half start on less than £20k, 15 per cent say shorthand most important skill
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Nine out of ten journalists under 30 said they believe young people see journalism as an “attractive career”, according to a new survey.
NEW The Welsh Government has spent more than £10m on PR and marketing over the past three years
Monday, June 26, 2017
But they says it is 'staggeringly naïve' of the Conservative party to use the figures as criticism
NEW Healthcare communications to journalists “on life support”
Monday, June 26, 2017
Only 2% of journalists surveyed find information provided by pharma 'trustworthy'
NEW HP diversity targets for PR and ad agencies appear to be working, says comms chief
Thursday, June 22, 2017
HP's move to ask its agencies to employ more women in leadership positions appears to be working, according to its comms chief - who said sometimes both stick and a carrot is needed to encourage change.
How Jeremy Corbyn beat Theresa May in the social media election war
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Jeremy Corbyn beat Theresa May in the social media election war, figures reveal today.
Secret aid worker: charities have been gagged in the UK election – this is why
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
This election should be prime time for us to challenge leaders on human rights, the arms trade and environmental issues, but no one wants to get fined
Election 2017: UK charities say they are being ‘gagged’ during campaign due to ‘chilling effects’ of Lobbying Act
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
‘Unreasonable’ legislation preventing campaigns on issues affecting poorest and most marginalised in society, states open letter signed by more than 50 charities
Ministers ordered to reveal meetings with lobbyists
Friday, May 26, 2017
The government has been refusing to reveal who Andrew Lansley met when health secretary.
PRCA "disappointed however that lobbying regulation has not been adddressed" in Tory manfiesto
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
PRCA comment on the Conservative manifesto is broadly supportive but questions the lack of movement on lobbyists and criticises the current regulation.
'Rewarding bad behaviour' - nearly half of PR pros don't follow influencer rules
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Just under half of PR professionals and marketers in the UK are failing to adhere to official guidelines around influencer marketing, a study has found.
"Puff, bravado and panic" - NHS needs cyber crime protocols urgently say PR pros
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The NHS needs to have operational and comms protocols to deal with future cyber attacks, according to PR professionals, who say the recent hacking incidents expose shortfalls in the current system.
Warning that Espionage Act could see journalists jailed for receiving information available under FoI
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Campaigners have warned that proposed reforms to the Official Secrets Act – dubbed the “Espionage Act” – would put it on a “collision course” with existing freedom of information powers.
Council to ban ‘non approved’ journalists from press bench
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
A council has been accused of seeking to become a media regulator after approving plans to restrict access to journalists who don’t ‘reflect its position.’