NUJ Press & PR


NUJ PR & Communications branch
c/o NUJ HQ 72 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NB.
0207843 3700.

PR & Communications Branch Organiser: Fiona Swarbrick 0207 843 3729

Chair: John Millington

Vice Chair: Debbie Cavaldoro

Branch Secretary: Mark Whitehead 07906720141

Branch Treasurer: Carmel McHenry

Auditors: Charles Harkness & Barry White

Newsletter Editor: Lisa Browne

Branch Web Managers: Mick Holder & Barry White

Branch Equality Officer: Shumon Ali-Rahman

Welfare Officer Natasha Wright

DM Convenor Anita Halpin

Sector NEC member: Sian Jones

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Future branch meetings 2018

New Venue until further notice: London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8UE. The building is fully accessible. The nearest tube/station is King's Cross/St Pancras International.

Meetings: Wednesdays 6.30pm 10 January (AGM). 14 February (Conference business). No meeting in March. 11 April (including pre- Delegate Meeting matters.


NEW Government's press review panel needs to find 'another seat at the table' for journalists who actually fill pages
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Last summer I met with Matt Hancock MP, then a junior minister at Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, as part of a National Union of Journalists’ delegation.
NEW New law requires lobbyists to register activity
Monday, March 12, 2018
The Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 requires details of certain face-to-face lobbying to be added to a new online register.
David Cameron faces lobbying ban in new commercial roles
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
David Cameron has been told he cannot lobby ministers as a condition of him taking on a number of commercial roles.
Don’t give elites a legal way to strangle investigative journalism
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
If MPs agree to some of the more radical clauses in the data protection bill, the media may no longer be able to challenge the conduct of powerful people
Corbyn urged to clarify stance on press freedom
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Jeremy Corbyn has been urged to clarify his position on press freedom in the UK after appearing to deliver a veiled threat to the industry.
Thousands of pounds up for grabs to help local journalists pursue stories
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Regional journalists could receive thousands of pounds to pursue stories thanks to a new scheme.
Should councils be allowed to publish their own freesheets?
Thursday, February 15, 2018
The Ministry of Housing, Local Government and Communities is being typically tight-lipped, but it looks as though the long-standing clampdown on councils issuing their own newspapers may be coming to an end.
PRCA diversity report urges root and branch reform of PR industry practices
Thursday, February 15, 2018
The PRCA has launched its 'diversity and inclusion guidelines' report, which calls on the industry to reform working and recruitment practices.
Council still ignoring government rules by printing illegal "newspaper" - and it's costing us a small fortune
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
A leading think tank has criticised Waltham Forest Council for spending a “small fortune” on its newsletter, amid debate on how much the fortnightly freesheet costs taxpayers.
'Reputations are hard won and easily lost' - PR chiefs dissect Oxfam's crisis
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
As far as communications crises go, the latest Oxfam scandal has it all: public and media outcry, criticism from corporate partners, and serious questions from parliament and regulators. PR chiefs discuss the charity's response, what it should do now, and the wider communications lessons.