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Major summit for newspapers and agencies


Saturday 25 April 2015

10.30-16.00, lunch provided

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Unite's office, Transport House, 211 Broad Street, Birmingham B15 1AY


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 NUJ reps from newspaper and news agency workplaces are being invited to a major industrial summit as part of a "one-NUJ" approach to organising chapels and journalists.

The summit is being called in response to the fundamental changes facing newspaper journalism.

In the past decade more than 5,000 journalist jobs have gone and 150 titles have closed. Digital newsrooms are transforming the way journalists are expected to work. Despite taking on these changes, journalists have not seen their pay improve and are experiencing heavy workloads because they are expected to bring in stories, cover events, produce videos and podcasts and use social media.

Picture desk employees and staff photographers are being cut across the board and production is being moved away from the local paper to subbing hubs many miles away.

Activists and the union's organisers will discuss these developments, which affect all the major regional publishers, and will review the most effective ways to strengthen journalists and journalism during this period of rapid evolution.

The "One NUJ: building newspaper chapels" day will cover topics such as dealing with the digital transformation, stress, workloads and pay.

The NUJ's newspapers and agencies sector council (NAIC), which is hosting the day, includes sector and geographic union representatives from London-based national titles, news agencies and the major regional publishers.

Speakers from the NUJ's group chapels in the major regional publishing companies and national newspapers will describe the pressures they are encountering and lead discussions on strategies to deal with these challenges.

The summit will also discuss the NUJ's Local News Matters campaign, which supports branches and chapels mounting campaigns in their local areas when journalists' jobs and newspaper titles are under threat.

Representatives from all groups are welcome.

Opening remarks will come from Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary, with contributions from union officials servicing the sector across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Attendance is free and lunch will be provided. Please reserve your place by e-mailing (please mention any special needs or dietary requirements). Travel expenses will be covered – but please buy railway tickets as soon as you can to take advantage of cheaper fares. If you need tickets buying for you, please also contact

This event is for NUJ members only. Please consider joining the NUJ if you would like to attend this event.

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adam christie

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