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All the latest updates from our branch including recent news and details about upcoming meetings.

DM 2021 – Looking to the future.

DM 2021 – Looking to the future.

The NUJ 2021 conference saw some hotly debated motions and immense passion on display, of that there can be no doubt.  The main debate on day one was always going to be the subs rise, which after the NEC made a very strong case, was passed...

Mick Gosling (1952-2021)

Mick Gosling (1952-2021)

The NUJ PR and Communications branch pays tribute Mick Gosling - trade union stalwart, life‐long socialist and our former chair, who died on 7th April this year. Mick’s contribution to the NUJ was enormous. He was a frequent delegate and speaker at ADM and DM, was...

NUJ national delegate meeting – key information

NUJ national delegate meeting – key information

Branch delegation convenor Anita Halpin explains what lies ahead leading up to the union's first virtual National Delegate meeting in May, which makes NUJ policy. Last year’s delegate meeting was inevitably postponed but there will be an on-line DM from 17 - 22 May,...

NUJ Extra thanks branch for donations

NUJ Extra thanks branch for donations

Our branch has received a letter of thanks for its regular donations to the fund which helps members who have fallen on hard times. The letter reads: NUJ Extra would like to say a huge thank you to you and your branch for your continued commitment and support. The...

Branch says farewell to Fiona Swarbrick

Branch says farewell to Fiona Swarbrick

Our national organiser Fiona Swarbrick has sadly moved on from the NUJ after nearly two decades of service. Fiona has been National Organiser for our sector as well books and magazines for over 15 years and she was a national executive member prior to working for the...

Insights into the lockdown news landscape

Insights into the lockdown news landscape

The branch welcomed Nic Newman to our September meeting who shared fascinating insights into the impact of coronavirus on news consumption. As well as being a founder member of the BBC News website, Nic is a Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the...

Tackling the lack of diversity in PR should be a top priority

Tackling the lack of diversity in PR should be a top priority

PR has a serious problem. It’s one that no one talks about and is never really addressed but it’s a problem that many of us who work in communications and public relations will recognise this – it’s the lack of diversity in the sector.  Worse still, ethnic...

Home Office under fire over immigration video

Home Office under fire over immigration video

The Home Office has been criticised for producing a now deleted 'Dad's Army' style video depicting migrants being deported and accusing "activist lawyers" of exploiting the situation. According to The Guardian, on Wednesday August 26 the animated video described the...

Branch donates £500 to NUJ Extra

Branch donates £500 to NUJ Extra

Following a discussion on the branch committee, members agreed unanimously to make donation to the charity fund which supports NUJ facing difficulties. NUJ Extra has long helped union members unable to work owing to sickness, but to date the charity has not supported...

What the union did for me

What the union did for me

I’m a relatively new member of the NUJ’s PR branch having joined less than a year ago but, in that time, I’ve met high-flying professionals and experienced pros with real insight in communications. That’s been invaluable. it’s a great way to learn more about who to...

Lockdown does not stop solidarity

Lockdown does not stop solidarity

May Day in 2020 has been the quietest since it originated, way back in Chicago, 1886. Known as the Haymarket affair, labourers demonstrated for an 8-hour day which was met with violence from police at that...

2020 will be a year to defend PR ethics

2020 will be a year to defend PR ethics

The recent general election was dominated by Brexit and a very presidential style of campaigning, with both candidates trying to capture support for their "brand" of politics. But another issue came to the fore when the main party leaders went head to head in the ITV...

Every Mind Matters – PR branch holds mental health awareness event

Every Mind Matters – PR branch holds mental health awareness event

PR professional and mental health advocate Leanne Ehren led an inspiring and informative discussion on wellbeing in the workplace at our last branch event.    Recalling her own experiences of PTSD following trauma sustained in the course of her PR job during the...

BRANCH EVENT – Mental health is a trade union issue!

BRANCH EVENT – Mental health is a trade union issue!

The branch will be holding a special event on Tuesday November 12 at 6pm at Headland House on Health and Wellbeing in the workplace, looking at how stress and mental health issues can be managed at work. There will be a Q+A and a chance to meet others in the PR...

What’s going on in PR and Communications?

What’s going on in PR and Communications?

Summer Social Success After a busy summer in PR, what better way is there to relax than chewing the fat over with colleagues in the industry? A good turnout for the meeting was followed by plenty of chat and merriment at the NUJ's Chapel Bar in Kings Cross. We'll...

Branch Newsletter June

Branch Newsletter June

What's going on in PR and Communications? Our FREE SUMMER social is here It has been a rain soaked summer so far. But why not drown those summer blues with your fellow union members this July?We will be having a short 10 minute branch meeting in the Chapel Bar at...

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