Tribute to John Story

  • 04 May 2023

Respected NUJ chapel rep and branch chair John Story has died aged 67.

Photographer John Story worked for Cumbrian newspapers for almost four decades, and is remembered as a respected colleague and advocate for NUJ members in his region. 

Chris Morley, Northern & Midlands Senior Organiser at the NUJ, said:

“John was a solid and loyal member of the National Union of Journalists having joined in the middle of the long hot summer of 1976.

“I’m not sure if that was what inspired his trade unionism, but John stayed with the union through thick and thin and he achieved life membership having completed more than 40 consecutive years.

“Not content with simply being a member, John also took on the role of Father of Chapel (workplace branch) where he was a strong advocate for his members at the Whitehaven News for many years. Even after stepping away from his excellent press photographer role, John continued his NUJ affiliations as chair of the West Cumbria branch.

“John was in every way respected by his colleagues and the union has lost a fine champion in the region.”

Whitehaven news tribute to John Story. 

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