April Branch Newsletter

19th April, 2011

April Branch Meeting: Dealing With Trauma

A Pakistani man holds his baby, both affected by last Saturday's earthquake as they wait to be airlifted to capital Islamabad for further treatment, at an army base in the northern Pakistani town of Muzaffarabad, Friday Oct. 14, 2005. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Photojournalists – whether they report on war or traffic accidents closer to home – stand right at the frontline of reporting on violence and tragedy. At the London Photographers’ Branch meeting on Tuesday 26 April 2011 the discussion will be on Dealing With Trauma, with Gavin Rees from the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma and Associated Press (AP) photographer Lefteris Pitarakis.

North London and Herts Newspapers on strike

London Photographers’ Branch members joined General Secretary Jeremy Dear, General Secretary ElectMichelle Stanistreet and staff at North London & Herts Newspapers on the picket line this morning, on the first day of a planned two-week strike over job cuts.

An Introduction to Final Cut Pro

A course for all photographers, who wish to extend their skills base to include video editing.

Local Press Strike for Quality Journalism

From Tuesday, April 19 journalists at the north London newspaper group will go on strike over the Tindle business plan that is leaving once award-winning newspapers to dwindle and die.

Book to Raise Money for Japan Earthquake Victims

Following the devastating Tōhoku earthquake in Japan, in just one week unpaid professionals and citizen journalists got together via Twitter and Facebook and created a book to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross earthquake and tsunami relief funds.

NUJ Delegate Meeting Report

Photographers made an excellent contribution to a packed agenda at the NUJ Delegate Meeting in Southport.

We Are Press Not Police Intelligence

In the days following the TUC “March for the Alternative” anti-cuts protest on Saturday 26 March 2011 some media outlets published rogues galleries of 18 people sought by police for questioning, with some of the images gathered from news outlets, not just CCTV. One television news report freeze-framed on a masked protestor, the narrator saying: “Do you recognise this person?”

Different government, similar restrictions on freedom

Less than 2 months after the repeal of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act, the coalition government has introduced a section similar in all but name. Section 47a gives a senior police officer an authorisation to stop and search if the officer ‘…reasonably suspects that an act of terrorism will take place.’ This is marginally different from Section 44 in that there must now be a reasonable suspicion that an act of terrorism will take place, previously no reasonable grounds were required.


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Draft March Branch Minutes

Draft April Committee Minutes


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