Archive for October, 2013

October Branch Meeting: Personal Projects

18th October, 2013


At our October branch meeting we will be discussing personal photography projects.  Most serious photographers document subjects of personal interest with a view to recording issues of importance. Award-winning photojournalist Stuart Freedman will present two new, unseen projects from India and take questions on the value of such work and its commercial potential.

Stuart has been a photographer and writer for over 20 years and has seen his work published in a wide range of titles including Life, Geo, Time, Der Spiegel, National Geographic, Newsweek and Paris Match. His documenting of the atrocities in Sierra Leone brought him invitations to speak in both Oxford Union and Capitol Hill. He is the recipient of many awards, including Amnesty International (twice), Pictures of the Year, The World Sports Photo Award, The Royal Photographic Society and The Association of Photographers (twice).

In the business section of the meeting following the discussion there will be an election for the vacant post of branch treasurer.

6.00pm Tuesday 29th October, Headland House, 308 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8D

Volunteers wanted at Met Police public order training

9th October, 2013

The NUJ has a welcome opportunity to influence police public order training. After talks with the NUJ Freelance Office, The Metropolitan Police Specialist Training Centre at Gravesend has agreed to incorporate a group of lens-based journalists into a specially-devised training scenario. The intention of this is to train officers in affording access to media workers during the heat of a protest.

This will go ahead on Thursday, November 7, at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

We are looking for 12 NUJ members to come along and take part, by photographing/filming the protest as they would do when covering a real event.
The parameters of the filming are being discussed with the Met.

Members wishing to participate should contact the Freelance Office on by noon on Friday, November 1.


Posted on behalf of John Toner at the NUJ Freelance Office

Creating without Conflict conference, 19 November

9th October, 2013

It was the levels of bullying uncovered by the NUJ’s evidence to the Leveson Inquiry and later the extent of bullying at the BBC  in its evidence to the Rose Review, which led unions in the Federation of Entertainment Unions to launch the Creating without Conflict campaign to challenge bullying and harassment in the media & entertainment industries. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness, to work with employers to create effective policies and procedures that will protect staff and freelance workers from bullying and harassment and give members strategies to challenge and report incidents without fear of reprisal.

Creating without Conflict will explore the results of our recent survey – there are some shocking stats and case studies —  which asked members about their experience of bullying and harassment. The aim of this research was to see how widespread the problem is throughout the media and entertainment industries. The afternoon consists of workshops which will give members the opportunity to discuss in more detail the issues that has risen from the survey.

The conference will look at the problems staff and freelance workers face in these industries.  Each union has an allocation of seats – if we do not fill ours by end of play on 17 October, we will lose our seats to other union members on the waiting list. It is important that journalists take part in this.

The conference is for members of the following unions: Bectu, the broadcasting union, Equity, Musicians’ Union, National Union of Journalists and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. It is free and lunch is provided:

You can register and choose your workshop here:

You can read more about the campaign here:

Please note: the deadline for registration is 17 October

Posted on behalf of Frances Rafferty, NUJ Campaigns & Communications officer