in that arena. Reading it, we accept certain implicit notions… The word on the screen is not opaque, does not dead-end; it is emergent, manifests itself physically from a somewhere inaccessible to the reader.” There is an unmatched pleasure in opening an envelope, extracting the magazine, and engaging with the editor’s choice of what, at a particular moment, was worth its place in the pages, unfiltered by the hubbub of below-the-line comments or ill-mannered tweets. This is not some Luddite opposition to online communication from the NUJ, but a plea for continued variety in conversation that includes print, online, podcasts, vlogging and whatever next emerges to catch our attention. Paul Nettleton Burgh-by-Sands, Cumbria

… and it’s a step on the road to print extinction Since my retirement, the one link I have retained with the world of us journalists (as opposed to The Press) was the regular arrival of The Journalist. Imagine my dismay when it suddenly

stopped midway through last year. I wondered if life members had suddenly been struck from the list. Then I discovered belatedly (in December) that it had ceased in print form. I’m sure it was for hard-headed

reasons that the decision was made to turn to digital only. Sadly, it is just

another step on the cold road to print extinction. Peter Deeley Life member

Séamus Dooley, assistant general secretary, writes: The reluctant decision to suspend the printing of The Journalist was a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which could not have been anticipated by the delegate meeting. The decision to suspend printing for the current financial year is subject to review in the event of an improved financial situation. Faced with a crisis of unprecedented

complexity, it was necessary to take immediate steps to ensure the financial viability of the union and the maintenance of our services to members. We are glad that we have been able to do so. NUJ staff agreed to reduced working, with a consequent reduction in pay, on the same basis. The Journalist remains one of a number of valued means by which we communicate with members.

Thanks to hardworking staff for salary sacrifice NUJ Brussels branch has learned that the staff group at Headland House last year agreed to a reduction of their working week to four days. Members at the last branch meeting wished to record their gratitude to the staff for the sacrifice they are making on behalf of the union and to

acknowledge how hard they have been working for members under very difficult circumstances in this past year. We would be grateful if you could

pass on our thanks and very best wishes. We hope we have the chance to meet you all again in person soon. Sara Lewis Chair, Brussels Branch

Were you at NUJ equality event in 1980? Does anybody recognise herself in this photo, taken in 1980, possibly October or November, at an NUJ equality course in Manchester? I believe those attending were each

sent a copy – I am third from right on the back row. It was interesting and eye-opening about other people’s experience of discrimination in the newsroom, and

great fun – especially the evenings in the bar! I was seconded by my local branch,

Derby and Burton, where I was equality officer. I went on to hold other posts in the branch and be mother of chapel at the Derby Evening Telegraph, where I trained and then went on to become a crime reporter. I later worked on newspapers in

Chester, Liverpool and North Wales, as well as in PR across the region, plus running my own online news site. I’m now retired and an NUJ life member. I hope that our efforts 40 years ago in highlighting and challenging discrimination helped others to progress in the newsroom, although I fear it’s still not a profession that’s equal for all. Sarah Batley North Wales Coastal Branch



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