Posts Tagged ‘NUJ’

Working Lives #2: John Sturrock

29th January, 2015

This is the second video interview produced for the branch’s Working Lives project, which grew out of a discussion at a branch meeting in 2012, at the height of the furore surrounding the Hacked Off campaign and the Leveson enquiry. At the time, photographers of all kinds were being maligned as a result of allegations about the behaviour of a very small number of so-called paparazzi, and it seemed clear that the public at large had little idea of the great variety of work that photojournalists do on a daily basis.

In this video branch member John Sturrock, a freelance, talks about his working life, starting with his early work on social and political issues for the renowned Report photo agency in the mid-1970s, and going on to describe how he has adapted to the many changes in the industry over subsequent years, culminating in his current photography on major regeneration and construction projects.

A higher resolution version of this video can be viewed on the LPB Vimeo site, and the first interview in the series, with Anne-Marie Sanderson, chief photographer at North London and Herts News, can be seen here.



First meeting of new NUJ Photographers’ Council

24th July, 2013

Photography by Nigel Dickinson

After many years of campaigning inside the NUJ, the first ever meeting of the new Photographers’ Council, representing photographers and videographers throughout the Union, was held on July 12th. Photo © Nigel Dickinson ( International ), far left, then L-R Barbara Lindberg ( Ireland ), Pete Jenkins (Midlands/East Anglia ), Dominic Bascombe ( seated, Servicing Officer ), Carole Edrich ( London ), Simon Chapman ( South West England ), Gerry McCann ( Scotland ), Andrew Wiard ( London ), John Jones ( Northern England ). Also elected but not present Steven Kettle ( South East England ).

London delegate Andrew Wiard will give a report of the meeting to LPB members at next Tuesday’s branch meeting: 6.00pm, 30 July at Headland House.


The press after Leveson

7th February, 2013

What next for press regulation and ethics after the Leveson Inquiry?

How, for example, can conscience clauses in journalists’ contracts work?

This is the topic of a meeting on Thursday 28 February with speakers including NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet and Helen Goodman MP, the Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, who has specific responsibility for media reform.

This meeting is called by the NUJ PR and Communications Branch, London Freelance Branch and London Magazine Branch and is at 6:30pm, at NUJ headquarters, 308/312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP – nearest Tube King’s Cross. (MAP)

Refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited: registration is essential, to register please drop an email to with subject line “After Leveson”.

Using the Small Claims Court

24th January, 2013

THE NUJ is organising a one-day training course for members on taking copyright claims to the Patents County Court (PCC) Small Claims Track.

It will take place on Thursday 28 February at Headland House from 10:00 and is all day. Read the rest of this entry »

Audio: Rates and New Media

10th December, 2012

September Branch Meeting: Rates and New Media from London Photographers’ Branch on Vimeo.

We were very pleased to have Anna Stevens, the multimedia producer at Panos Pictures and video journalist Jason Parkinson to discuss the issues around getting the rate for the job and embracing new forms of media. The event was Chaired by Jess Hurd.

NUJ Freelance Fees Guide

Audio – Sexism & Bullying in the Media

29th November, 2012

Sexism & Bullying in the Media from London Photographers’ Branch on Vimeo.

NUJ calls for Leveson to back conscience clause for journalists

Leveson Urged To Back Conscience Clause

28th November, 2012

Letter to NUJ members

Tomorrow Lord Justice Leveson will publish the findings of his inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics in the press and his examination of the relationship of the press with the public, police and politicians.

It was a year ago that the NUJ fought to be a core participant in the inquiry. We had to battle to ensure that the voice of working journalists was heard, and not just that of owners and the editors of the national press. To inform our submissions and evidence we set up a Leveson email address and asked all members to contribute their concerns, experiences and views. In particular we asked members who wished to contribute evidence to the inquiry to come forward anonymously if they felt unable to speak openly about their experiences. Read the rest of this entry »

NUJ Training Courses

12th November, 2012

New trade union training dates announced for NUJ members

The NUJ has announced a series of dates for NUJ members trade union training in 2012 and 2013.

The following courses are now available, most of the training will take place in London at NUJ Headland House – Read the rest of this entry »

Topshop Legal Report

26th October, 2012

Topshop security guard. UK Uncut – Big Society Revenue and Customs, campaign for companies to pay tax. Oxford St, London © Jess Hurd/

This is a report from Roy Mincoff, NUJ Legal Officer who attended a meeting with Topshop’s Operations manager following an apology for an assault and ban of London Photographer’ Branch Chair Jess Hurd.

“Jess Hurd was manhandled, assaulted and detained when covering a protest at Topshop in Oxford Street. Jess rightly wanted an apology for the distress she suffered and withdrawal of a ban from her entering the store. She did not want legal action or damages for what had happened, preferring to use her time on her work and union commitments. Read the rest of this entry »

Solidarity with the New York Times

23rd October, 2012

The London Photographers’ Branch (LPB) of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) extends solidarity with the hundreds of trade unionist at The New York Times and the New York Newspaper Guild in your continuing negotiations with management.

We, the LPB committee, know very well that similar attacks on our living standards in the UK and our trade union, the NUJ, organises and fights against forced redundancies and managements’ relentless attempts to continue lowering our rates of pay.

Please let us know how we can further express our solidarity.

Unity is our strength.

London Photographers’ Branch Committee