DM Week

  • 18 May 2021

Join the 5PM Talk-ins, a tribute to Lyra McKee, the comedy night with Mark Thomas and friends & branch and sector events.

5PM Talk-ins    
Every evening from 5pm Monday to Thursday of DM week, starting on Monday 17 May, come and take part in a series of debates and discussions with an expert panel.  

Thursday 20 May, 17.00: Defending public service broadcasting. The BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, S4C have a long and proud tradition in the UK, delivering impartial and trusted news and UK-originated programmes. They were the heroes of the pandemic as people tuned into them for trusted news. Rebecca Keating, Radio 4’s Today programme output editor, will ask Jo Stevens, Labour’s media and digital shadow secretary, Sir Peter Bazalgette, ITV chair, Owen Evans S4C chief executive, Patrick Barwise, author of The War Against the BBC and Cearbhall Ó Síocháin, RTÉ Irish language broadcaster, how the PSBs can stave off the threats of cuts to journalist jobs, political interference and competition from the likes of Netflix and Disney+.  

Please click the link below to join the webinar:  
Passcode: 003020  

Special events

Thursday 20 May at 18.30 Remembering Lyra McKee: ​Séamus Dooley, assistant general secretary, introduces a panel discussion on the life and legacy of NUJ member Lyra McKee, who was killed in Derry on 18 April 2019. Guests will include Sara Canning, Lyra’s partner, Kathryn Johnson, freelance journalist and friend of Lyra, Mark McCauley, award winning freelance cinematographer who will talk about the challenge of capturing Lyra’s spirit for the forthcoming film on her life,  and Owen Reidy, assistant general secretary, ICTU. ​

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 922567 

Friday Night Stand Up! 19.30.  Register now for a night of comedy! Join comedian Mark Thomas, winner of Amnesty Freedom of Expression award for his show about spy cops and in the Guinness Book of World Records for attending the most political demos in a day; Shazia​  Mirza, award winning British stand-up comedian and star of Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls; and Jonny ​and The Baptists, musical satirists as seen on TV and radio for a Friday night social starting at 19.30. Donations to be split between the NUJ’s charities, NUJ Extra and the George Viner Memorial Fund. 

Register to attend online and donate to the union's charities -

Branch  & sector events

Thursday 20 May, 4pm-5pm. Magazines and Books Industrial Council Sector Conference. Beyond lockdown: a publishing survey

  Anna Wagstaff from Oxford & District Branch will explain:

  • why the branch launched its survey
  • how they generated nearly 1000 replies
  • what they found - a broad overview

Anna will also focus on the opportunities presented by the data - and the alliances the branch built - for raising the NUJ's profile across the sector,  and pointing publishing workers towards collective organisation as a way to resolve their work problems. 
 Recruitment:  the pandemic has drastically changed how we work, organise and recruit members. MABIC wants to discuss these changes with reps - and hear your views and ideas for the future. 
To join us on Thursday at 4pm-5pm please use the link below:
Meeting ID: 822 7301 4374
Passcode: 362312

Friday & Saturday: DM conference, delegates only.

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