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Black Members Council (BMC) newsletter - September 2014

Welcome to the new Black Members Council (BMC) newsletter - September 2014

We’ve got some great events coming up over the next few months such as the annual Claudia Jones memorial lecture on Thursday 16 October at Thompson-Reuters in Canary Wharf.

We’re excited to reveal our keynote speaker will be former BBC chief creative officer Pat Younge and it promises to be a thought-provoking presentation. The official invite will be sent out shortly. Feel free to pass it on to friends, family and colleagues so they can also register.

In November, we will be hosting the annual Black members conference and AGM. As well as a panel of guest speakers, this is when we elect eight people to sit on the council. We’d love to hear from new candidates who can help shape the BMC over the coming year. We welcome all sections of the industry from students, print, radio, TV and new media like bloggers, social media and community moderators. 

Where we meet and when

The BMC meet four times as year at the NUJ Headland House in London to discuss key issues and campaigns. The minutes from those meetings can be found on the NUJ website, in the member’s only area.

Aside from those meetings, we have our annual Black members conference, the Claudia Jones memorial lecture during Black history month and the George Viner awards as well as seasonal socials - all of which members are welcome to attend.

It is a great way to get to know the council and network with like-minded individuals.

Why the BMC is important

It is essential that the BMC continues to raise awareness and fight to increase the number of black journalists working in the industry as well as support those already employed.

It is evident that despite progress in recent decades, the BMC and the black journalist community still have many challenges ahead.

We are all aware of Lenny Henry’s campaign to raise awareness of the fact that the employment of ethnic minorities in television and film production has dropped by 30 per cent in the last six years. The situation in other sectors is just as disappointing, so we must continue to campaign. The NUJ has also been campaigning on the issue of lack of Black journalists in the UK media and we need your support for this campaign.

Come to our events, join the debate, network and spread the word!

We need your support to raise the awareness of the NUJ, the BMC and to encourage the next generation of media professionals to fulfil their dreams on a level playing field.

We would like feedback from you on what issues you are facing so we can raise these as motions, what topics you would like to see debated and any guest speakers you would love to see at future events.

Race reporting guidelines

Earlier this year the BMC issued new race reporting guidelines that were promoted at the NUJ Delegate meeting in Eastbourne. These guidelines give clear advice on ethical issues relating to the reporting of race and immigration. The NUJ calls on all its members to adhere to the guidelines and to the NUJ code of conduct. It is important that you download and share this document with your networks: new guidelines on race reporting.

We are currently printing copies of the race reporting guidelines as a leaflet, if you want to order copies then please email your name, delivery address and the number of leaflets you want to: campaigns@nuj.org.uk

Please forward this message to other Black journalists you know and ask them to join the NUJ. If they are already members - check they are on the subscription list to receive the BMC newsletter. If not they need to email: info@nuj.org.uk 

To get involved or for more information on the BMC or to contact us please email: lenac@nuj.org.uk