Archive for October, 2011

Archant Contract Meeting

26th October, 2011

Freelances who work for Archant titles are invited to a meeting at NUJ

HQ to discuss a new agreement issued by the company. It insists on assignment of copyright, and included a clause that transfers the publisher’s full liability to the freelance. We are asking members not to sign.


The meeting will take place on Thursday, October 27 at Headland House,

308 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X 8DP, beginning at 6pm.

Any freelance who is affected, or who might be affected, will be made welcome.

Please contact to let us know you wish to attend.


October Newsletter

18th October, 2011

October Branch Meeting: Alternative distribution & funding for visual journalism

Police Powers Seminar

Call for Ethical Reporting of Dale Farm

State and Surveillance: David Hoffman Audio

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October Meeting: Funding Visual Journalism

18th October, 2011

In this month’s branch meeting we have a panel discussion on alternative models of funding & distribution for visual journalism. Looking at how the landscape of photojournalism & documentary film is changing and moving, and how new technology & tools can help fund, distribute and form projects.

Speaking on the panel:

  • Street photographer Nick Turpin, part of the in-public collective. Having successfully published ‘10 years of in-public‘, ‘PUBLICATION’ magazine & recently the documentary film ‘in-sight‘ directly online, Nick will be talking about new ways of content distribution.
  • Journalist & editor Olivier Laurent from the British Journal of Photography. Olivier’s written extensively on most new developments in the photographic world and will be talking about crowd-funding, grants & other new models and how he sees them changing the way the industry works.

Our meetings are open to non-members, but the final section will be branch business. The meeting is 6pm-8pm with a social gathering in the pub afterwards.

FB Event (If you’re on facebook, please RSVP as it helps us estimate numbers)


Police Powers Seminar

11th October, 2011

Police powers of arrest, detention and seizure for journalists.

An NUJ members only event with Bindmans Solicitors

Date: Thursday 17 November 2011 Venue: 275 Gray’s Inn Road, London Time: 5.20 pm to 7.10 pm


This free seminar organised by Bindmans LLP and the NUJ will explore the issues surrounding ‘a free press’ and the protection afforded to journalists in relation to the criminal justice system. It will offer practical guidance on police powers and investigations. Read the rest of this entry »

State and Surveillance: David Hoffman

7th October, 2011

In the July branch meeting David Hoffman spoke on how the Metropolitan Police were deliberately blurring the distinction between dissent and terrorism using Forward Intelligence Teams (FIT) together with the Territorial Support Group (TSG), to fill state databases with information on activists and journalists they don’t like.

Here is his slideshow and his talk with an edited version of the Q&A debate afterwards.

Rates For The Job

7th October, 2011

This page links to the various NUJ rates guide pages and rate submission page, vital resources for all photographers’ and other lens-based media.

The importance of maintaining the NUJ advised rates cannot be reiterated enough. In order for freelances to hatch out a living wage, these rates are constructed to form a minimum rate from regular updated information from union members. In order to maintain, improve, update and continue to validate these rates, members are urged to take a minute to supply information on the rates they are earning. You can do this here at the Rate For A Job submission page.

The Freelance Fees Guide is a good place to start, with rates for all aspects of writing, photography, video and audio.

Photography Rates can be found here.

Videography, a section of the Photography Rates rates can be found here.