Black History Month

  • 12 Oct 2022

Find out about the work of the union including our support for the TUC's Anti-racism taskforce.

The NUJ’s Black Members' Council is chaired by Emelia Kenlock and leads year-round union work on challenging racism, monitoring discrimination in employment practices, and promoting best practice.

Emelia said:

“Black History Month, whilst giving an opportunity to reflect on past events, also provides a fantastic platform to celebrate the achievements of Black Britons and showcase the work of today’s Black British creatives.  The NUJ and its Black Members’ Council have a proud track record in supporting its black members and as ever equality is at the core of union work”

In September, Emelia attended a roundtable discussion as part of collaborative work the NUJ undertakes with the Federation of Entertainment Unions.

The initiative was designed to enable black led committees and councils within unions to share best practice, highlight  outstanding work progressing throughout the year on behalf of black members, and identify the many challenges faced working within journalism and the entertainment industry. 

TUC Anti-racism taskforce

The NUJ contributes to the TUC Anti-racism taskforce focused on engaging with Black workers across the UK, to hear about their experiences. The TUC has produced a negotiators guide with helpful information for reps on equalities and monitoring, and checklists to help discussions with employers. 

Access the negotiators guide.

Claudia Jones Lecture

This year marks the 20th year anniversary of the NUJ’s Claudia Jones Lectures in honour of the West Indian journalist and activist. Travel through the years and hear from keynote speakers in our short video below.

Find out more about Claudia Jones. 

George Viner Memorial Fund

Each year, the NUJ welcomes applications from Black and minority ethnic student journalists keen to embark on a career in media. Read about the impact receiving a scholarship had on previous scholar Nabil Mehdinejad and find out more on the history of the fund. 

The Orwell Society/NUJ Young Journalist’s Award 2023

The NUJ is supporting the award in memory of its former member George Orwell and this year's judges include journalist and author Gary Younge, alongside award-winning broadcaster Maverine Cole. Applicants must write an arts review or political column, with winners claiming £1500 and runners-up £500. Find out more about the award and how to enter. 

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