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 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.

"ripping" Culture Prompts Graduate Jounralists To Fell National Newspaper For Pr Career

by Sam Burne James, PR Week

More than half of recent graduate recruits on the website of one national newspaper have left to take jobs in PR due to disillusionment with its 'copy and paste' culture, according to Press Gazette.

Last week's report in the journalism trade title on Friday does not name the newspaper in question, to avoid revealing the identity of the source.

Press Gazette says that half of the paper's total intake of graduate trainees in the previous two years had since moved on to take roles in PR or marketing due to a lack of emphasis on news generation, with editors prioritising volume of content and quick turnover of work.

"The graduate trainees are all leaving and moving into PR and marketing roles. They are continually asked to do what is called a 'rip' – a copy and paste and a slight re-write, and no-one wants to do them," the source reported.

Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford wrote in the piece: "In the era of social media where readers flit from one site to another, many probably pay little notice to the original source of a story – especially when, as is often the case, a substantial amount has been lifted and the attribution is grudging and low down the piece.

"It is easy to see why many journalists, faced with the prospect of working life as a 'ripper', decide that the game is not worth the candle."

However, one comment beneath the Press Gazette story adds a cautionary note, saying: "Grads always decamped to PR, even before the churn culture. This is almost always about $$$."

Item uploaded: Monday, August 07 2017
Last modified: Monday, August 7, 2017

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