Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff to give the Claudia Jones lecture

  • 29 Oct 2021

The NUJ’s BMC announces the award-winning journalist as the speaker on Thursday 2 December.

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff is also a book editor, columnist and podcast host and is currently a senior staff editor at the New York Times, a former editor-in-chief at gal-dem magazine and winner of the Guardian's Georgina Henry Award for Innovation in Journalism.

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Emelia Kenlock, BMC chair, said: “During the event we will discuss race, identity and the media, with an opportunity for participants to ask questions."

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Making the announcement at the end of Black History Month, Emelia said NUJ members been active, driving discussions on the topic of race and inequality in society.  She said:

“Black journalists have continued to keep the momentum going, addressing the issue of racism and how it impacts the media industry. The events this month are a reminder of the work that needs to be done but also the progress we have made over the years. The relevancy of this annual celebration is often questioned but the number and range of activities this year, exemplifies how important it is today. 

“As the new chair of the BMC, I am excited about the future of this council and what we can achieve for our members. I also acknowledge that there is a need for us to engage in new ways. I believe this is a crucial time for the NUJ and unions in general, as technology progresses, and the industry continues to evolve. We need to be agile and responsive to support the needs of our current members and to raise the awareness of the benefits of the BMC to potential members.  

“Our priority is planning our roadmap for the next two years. We have a number of newly elected BMC members like me, with a range of experience and diverse backgrounds. We want members to get to know us and hopefully connect or share thoughts and feedback on our activities. It is clear that black history is not just for October, and we have to shine a light on this topic throughout the year.”

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