NUJ Press & PR


NUJ PR & Communications branch
c/o NUJ HQ 308 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8DP.
0207 278 7916

PR & Communications Branch Organiser: Fiona Swarbrick 0208 843 3729

Chair: Debbie Cavaldoro 0776 970 5361

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: 6.30pm 11 October, 8 November and 8 December.

NEC 22 November 2009 – Southport

Barry White Thu, 24 Dec, 2009
The first meeting after conference is mainly devoted to ‘committee filling and getting dates for meetings over the next year. I was appointed onto the Policy committee (my choice as it happens) which next meets on 4 February. This is my second ‘serving’ on Policy as I was on it before when I was previously on the NEC a few years back. It’s one of the three NEC sub-committees (the others are Development and Finance) and deals with relations with other organisations, international issues (where we get reports on the activities of the International Federation of Journalists and the European Federation of Journalists) press freedom and research matters. Appointments were made to all the committees and everyone got their first choice – so no problems there!

We went on to elect the NEC members to the Emergency Committee (in addition to those elected by conference). As the name indicates, this committee deals with urgent issues that arise and can’t be dealt with by the appropriate NEC committee. These meetings are held ‘as and when necessary’ and usually take place at NUJ HQ. More elections followed with appointments to the conference standing orders committee (2), the Equality Committee (1) and NUJ Extra (2). I’ll post up all the names when I get the minutes.

Items of any other business included approving a rule change in order to introduce the new subscription rates and a discussion on the way forward for the new photographers branch in London. The September meeting of the NEC agreed the setting up of a London Photographers Branch, following the photographers meeting held on 16 July which had passed a motion calling for such a branch to be set up. London NEC member Phil Sutcliffe gave the council an update on developments and it was agreed that the London NEC members together with the Freelance Organiser John Toner should write out to all potential members with details of just who was eligible to join the new branch and the date of the founding meeting in late January.

Having sorted that out, it was out into the rain and our homeward journeys (or was it still raining then I can’t remember?)!

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