NUJ Press & PR


NUJ PR & Communications branch
c/o NUJ HQ 308 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8DP.
0207 278 7916

PR & Communications Branch Organiser: Fiona Swarbrick 0208 843 3729

Chair: Debbie Cavaldoro 0776 970 5361

Vice-Chairs: Monica Foot and Mick Holder (job share) 0208 223 0712

Branch Secretary: Mark Whitehead 07906720141

Branch Treasurer: Carmel McHenry

Assistant Secretary: Sian Jones 07793314249

Newsletter Editor: Lisa Browne

Membership and Recruitment/Retention Officer: Mark Whitehead

Branch Equality Officer: Carmel McHenry 0207 226 5501

Welfare Officer and DM Convenor: Debbie Cavaldoro

Sector NEC member: Anita Halpin

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Future branch meetings 2016

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.

Next meeting 6.30pm 12 April. 10 May, 14 June.


NUJ gives official backing to alternative press watchdog Impress rather than 'pointless' IPSO
Thursday, May 05, 2016
The National Union of Journalists has given its official backing to Impress, the alternative press regulator to IPSO, labeling the latter a “pointless so-called regulator”.
New branch news published
Monday, May 02, 2016
Read the latest issue of the branch news with reports on the recent delegate meeting held in Southport and the election of Sian Jones as our new vice-president...and more...
A year old, the lobbying register is as useless as predicted
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Twelve months ago the government introduced new rules that promised to let us see which lobbyists are having a quiet word with our politicians. So, on the anniversary of the launch of the UK's lobbying register, how much more do we know about who is leaning on our politicians?
Member state offices in Brussels: wide open to corporate lobbyists
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Corporate lobbyists enjoy widespread access to member state representations according to the first ever study on lobbying activities at national government offices in Brussels.
Branch News April edition
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Read the latest edition of the branch news and don't forget the next branch meeting on Tuesday 12 April when we will be discussing motions to the union's delegate conference later this month.

Venue London Welsh Centre 157-163 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1.
CIPR reports on the ‘State of the Profession’ in 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Delivered in partnership with Survation, the seventh edition of 'State of the Profession' gives evidence to burgeoning cross-industry convergence between PR and marketing, and the increasing demands for practitioners to be content creators and curators.
#IWD2016 gender discrimination & violence against women in the media
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
An International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) report released on International Women’s day highlights the high levels of gender discrimination and violence against women in the media across the globe.
Next branch meeting
Sunday, March 06, 2016
You are invited to a meeting of your union branch next Wednesday (9 March), starting at 6:30 pm. Because of refurbishment taking place at the union's head office, Headland House, the meeting will be held at the London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray's Inn Rd, London WC1X 8UE

We are delighted at our first meeting at the centre to host its general manager, Jac Davies, who has been invited to talk about Welsh issues and PR.

The Centre is very near Headland House, but on the opposite side of the road and the nearest tube is Kings Cross/St Pancras.
Branch News Janauary 2016
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Read the latest issue of the branch news. Next branch meeting 2 February NUJ HQ. Owing to building work at Headland House over the next 6 months, meetings from March will be held at a venue to be announced.
(Oh the irony!!!!!!!!!!) - PR and CSR departments? Ditch them, says former BP chief Browne
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Companies should ditch PR and CSR departments and revert to straight talking, according to Lord Browne, the former chief executive of BP.
PRCA, Women in PR and PRWeek launch gender pay gap survey
Monday, August 10, 2015
The PRCA, Women in PR and PRWeek are launching an industry-wide survey following the recent government commitment to tackling the gender pay gap.
Nothing sadder than a 40-year-old PR person? I disagree
Friday, May 01, 2015
As I approach my 50th birthday, having spent more than 25 years in the marketing communications industry, working for major companies as diverse as Harrods, Warner Bros Pictures International and EMI Records, I stand at a career crossroads faced by an industry I personally feel is obsessed with youth and social media rather than years of relevant experience.
Access all areas: frackers, lobbyists and the revolving door
Thursday, April 30, 2015
With the manifestos now published and the UK general election a week away, fracking is looking politically toxic for candidates in communities threatened by drilling. Those in marginal seats could find themselves booted out if a recent ComRes survey proves right, with a third of people polled less likely to vote for pro-fracking politicians.
Out now - April edition of Branch News
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Read the latest edition of the branch news and don't miss the next branch meeting on Tuesday 5 May at NUJ HQ.
Branch News January 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Read the latest issue of the branch news.
At the AGM on 13 January we will be looking for a new editor.