DM2014: Job-share presidency elected
Adam Christie, joint president at DM - © Mark Dimmock
Andy Smith, joint president at DM - © Mark Dimmock
14 April 2014
The National Union of Journalists has elected a job-share presidency: Andy Smith from the books sector and Adam Christie who freelances in Leeds and the North-east.
Andy was born and brought up in Bristol. He began his career in publishing at Taylor & Francis academic publishers, as a journals production editor, and has worked freelance and in-house, editing academic journals, principally covering physics and chemistry. Andy has been active in the NUJ since his time at T&F, including terms on the national executive. As vice-president he has represented the union on the picket line during disputes and in the corridors of power defending laws which protect journalists and their materials.
Adam represents the Yorkshire, Humber & NE England on national executive and is on the freelance industrial council. He has produced the annual Freelance Market Monitor for the council and updated the Freelance Fact Pack. He has worked as a sub on the Yorkshire Post, produces a regional magazine for the TUC's unionlearn section and works with several non-profit organisations.
His background is in corporate communications, PR and health education. As editor of the Leeds branch newsletter for many years, he said: "Chasing stories and envelope-stuffing has given me a unique view of changes in journalism, seeing where the jobs are and who has them."
Tim Dawson, who represents freelances on the national executive and chairs the Freelance Industrial Council, has been elected vice-president. He is a reporter and feature writer whose work appears every week in the Sunday Times. He is a former Scotland correspondent for the New Statesman and reporter for the US magazine People Weekly. He edits a cycling books website, co-edits the new model journalism website and teaches the NUJ professional training course Making Internet Journalism Pay.
John Barsby was re-elected as the union's honorary general treasurer. He is an NUJ member of honour, former president and long-serving member of the national executive. He has chaired Finance Committee for several years and was the longest-serving chair of the Broadcasting Industrial Council; he is now its vice-chair. Much of his work is involved in BBC negotiations and representing members in regional television and local radio. He also chairs the European Federation of Journalists' Broadcasting Experts Group.
The elections were announced at the union's Delegate Meeting in Eastbourne. Barry McCall, the out-going president, received a warm tribute for all his work and support from Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary.