July Branch Newsletter

20th July, 2010

Next Branch Meeting, 27th July: Finding Stolen Images

London Freelance Branch Secretary Mike Holderness will give a visual presentation offering tips on how to use the internet to locate images which have been used without permission and identify who is culpable for the bill. Another speaker on the same subject TBA.

Any motions to the branch should be sent to the branch secretary prior to the meeting.

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Convergence – Should we adapt & how?

At last months branch meeting we heard from film editor Simon Ruben and photographer Edmond Terakopian who talked about how photographers could adapt their workflows to include video and audio. As well as some of the pitfalls that photographers moving to video can fall into.

PCSO unlawfully deleted photographers images

Branch member photojournalist, James Mackay, represented by Chez Cotton, head of the Police Misconduct Department, at leading civil rights law firm Bindmans LLP, has succeeded in a complaint against the British Transport Police after he was unlawfully ordered by one of their officers to delete photographs he had taken on the basis that he “was not allowed to photograph the police.”

Victory Flashmob – s44 is Dead!

There was a great turnout at the Victory Flashmob on Sunday 4th July with around 60 of us happily snapping away, free from police harassment. We’ve rounded up some of the coverage from the flashmob.

First Aid training for photographers

Last month the branch held a Emergency Life Support Training tailored to the needs of street photographers with the time kindly donated by tutor Elliot Rogers from White Star Medical.

A Victory for Press Freedom

Investigative photojournalist Marc Vallée and videographer Jason Parkinson have received an apology and damages from the Metropolitan Police after being forcibly prevented from working by officers at a political protest outside the Greek Embassy in 2008.

Ethics Working Group gets started

A working group of branch members has met to discuss a set of ethics guidelines for the branch to adopt and to pass on to the NUJ Ethics Council.

Looking after members Welfare

Saturday 19 June 2010 was the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) welfare training day hosted by the NUJ Extra charity. Chair Chris Wheal and administrator Lena Calvert led the afternoon’s discussion on what welfare officers can and should be doing to assist branch members.

DACS Payback Time

Payback from the DACS royalties scheme opened last month and members have until 17th September to make their claim.


Branch members who are registered on the site can login and view the draft minutes of meetings:

July Branch Committee Minutes (Draft)

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