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 After Bell Potinger, who would PR the Saudi governement? (And who does already?)
Friday, September 22, 2017
The Saudi government is looking for PR support? 'I know just the firm,' read a wry tweet from one journalist last week, days after Bell Pottinger's public humiliation.
NEW Make your voice heard
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Next year's NUJ delegate meeting will be held in Southport from 19-22 April and branches are invited to make nominations for a number of elected offices and councils/committees by 21 November. Branches are also invited to submit motions for consideration by the delegate meeting. Again the deadline is 21 November.
NUJ welcomes PRCA Bell Pottinger ban
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
The NUJ has welcomed the ruling by the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) to ban Bell Pottinger from the industry trade association for five years.
Bell Pottinger expelled from PR trade body after South Africa racism row
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
PRCA bans agency from membership for five years after finding it was unethical and brought the industry into disrepute
Bell Pottinger chief Henderson quits over S Africa campaign
Monday, September 04, 2017
The chief executive of one of the UK's best known public relations firms has stood down amid claims it stirred up racial tensions in South Africa.
More than 100 charities claim they are being gagged by anti-lobbying rules
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Letter signed by 122 organisations including Save the Children and Greenpeace warns their voices are being silenced due to ‘draconian’ legislation
Lobbyists attempting to shape Brexit talks, claim campaigners
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Corporate Europe Observatory and Global Justice Now have accused the UK's Department for Exiting the EU and the EU Brexit task force of discriminating against citizens and NGOs.
Bell Pottinger found in breach of code for South African campaign
Friday, August 25, 2017
A UK public relations firm has been found in breach of an industry code of conduct for a controversial social media campaign, South Africa's opposition party said.

Bell Pottinger was accused by the Democratic Alliance of inflaming racial tensions with the campaign.

The party said the UK Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) upheld a complaint.
"No MP should work as a lobbyist"
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards should tighten the code of conduct governing MPs to ensure that Barry Sheerman is both the first and last member to register as a consultant lobbyist.
'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'