Campaigns and Communications Department – an introduction
The campaigns and communications department has two members of staff:
Senior campaigns and communications officer: Sarah Kavanagh
T: 020 7843 6381
M: 07843 549 006
Campaigns and communications officer: Frances Rafferty
T: 020 7843 6380
The department is responsible for the following areas:
The department is responsible for the union’s national communications strategy and associated work. This includes press releases, emails to members including NUJ Active.
The department looks after the union’s twitter account @NUJofficial and regularly contributes/updates the union’s facebook pages. In addition, the department aims to increase the union’s profile in publications and on websites. We deal with press queries on a daily basis, provide comments and quotes on request and arrange TV and radio interviews for NUJ spokespeople.
We manage the existing NUJ website on a day-to-day basis. This involves uploading news releases, photos, briefing documents, campaign materials, and live updates on strike days etc. We are currently working on developing the new website to be launched soon.
The department can offer support and assistance to all areas of the union on any given campaign. We also get involved in joint campaigning work with other organisations and individuals. Examples of campaigns include -
• Save the BBC World Service and local radio
• Media ownership, plurality, the BskyB acquisition and Leveson Inquiry
• Production orders and the protection of sources
• Interns and enforcing the national minimum wage
• Sexism in the media
• Industrial disputes on pay, pensions and job cuts.
The department has responsibility for assisting all areas with the design, production and distribution of campaign materials. This includes the newsletters, templates and logos, NUJ flags, posters, leaflets, stickers, pop-up stands, placards etc.
The department is responsible for organising and servicing the NUJ parliamentary group which meets on a regular basis.
We also arrange for NUJ speakers on request and help to organise NUJ stalls at events.