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election JAMES MORRISON Christine Buckley


1. How can The Journalist better reflect the breadth and diversity of its membership? NUJ members do a vast array of work in newspapers, broadcasting, digital publications, magazines, newsletters, PR, and book publishing. We want to reflect that as much as possible, so each sector believes that the NUJ is the union for them. Our features have highlighted student media; freelancing overseas; agricultural journalism; social affairs reporting; PR; photography; young workers starting out; older workers mentoring younger colleagues; and community journalists among many others. Going forward I will seek out fresh areas and look forward to hearing suggestions from readers. My aim is that there is something for everyone in The Journalist. 2. What role do you see for The Journalist in promoting the industrial and campaigning work of the union as the voice of professional journalists in the UK and Ireland? The Journalist is edited independently from the leadership and the communications department – the standard that the NUJ advocates for all editors, that they are free to make objective editorial decisions. But of course, The Journalist is a union publication and should reflect the union’s work alongside broader media issues. Industrial and campaigning work always feature strongly. Recently, we have carried features on the very important BBC equal pay campaign, on the photographers’ strike in the Netherlands; and the long fight to win recognition at Springer Nature among others. We have also highlighted several branch revival initiatives. 3. How would you enhance the


digital and online presence of The Journalist, in line with DM Policy? The Journalist is available digitally, with hyperlinks, and is sent out to some members in this format. It is also on the NUJ’s website, both the current edition and an archive. To increase the digital presence significantly then resources in term of time and money need to be made available. Currently, the NUJ’s website is being revamped and hopefully that can lead to further online opportunities for the magazine. 4. How can The Journalist engage more effectively with members? The Journalist is a vital connection between the union and its members. For many members, it is the only connection. I believe print copies which reach people at home are crucial because emails often go ignored as busy journalists struggle with inbox overload.


I get a lot of responses to the


magazine and I’m glad that in these days of instant responses it can still deliver thriving letters pages. Tweets and social media are very welcome too though! We engage with members when


we focus on their interests, experiences and industries and keep them informed about the union. 5. What is the role of The Journalist in communicating union policy and activities? The union is here to help members in many aspects of their working lives, and it does so through a wide range of activities and policies. It is important that these are communicated when there are editorial opportunities/reasons to do so. The more active the union is seen to be, the more confidence it will inspire in members. I always encourage writers to refer to policies and on-going work when they are relevant. This can be highlighting work on ethics or the campaign for a conscience clause or through news about branch or chapel initiatives, to name but a few.


ANDREW SOAMES Samantha Downes


1. How can The Journalist better reflect the breadth and diversity of its membership? The content and coverage of The Journalist does reflect the breadth and diversity of the NUJ’s membership but there is a need to embrace the age range of our industry a bit more and acknowledge the huge spectrum, particularly with our population working longer. This might include a page or section for student journalists to encourage more readership among younger/ fledgling journalists. Then among older members (and this is not exclusive but more likely to be the case) some help with embracing new skills to keep them active in the profession. Financially as well - help with managing finances – that’s 2. What role do you see for The Journalist in promoting the industrial and campaigning work of the union as the voice of professional journalists in the UK and Ireland? The Journalist is the main point of contact between the union and its members, I think this well known. I think the magazine needs to feature a branch in its each issue and outline its work. Then we could cover many more grass-roots issues rather than ones that simply hit the national media, like a strike. The union’s work in helping get people access to help to make sure they have the employment rights they are entitled to needs to be more publicised, for example holiday pay. That is what unions are about, and The Journalist can help bring things 3. How would you enhance the digital and online presence of The Journalist, in line with DM Policy? There is obviously a reason why the Journalist does not have a significant


online presence. If there are logistically, financial reasons for this, then obviously this is not an area The Journalist can progress in. However The Journalist should have its own Instagram feed, which could act as a shop window for content and for the union. You can run news feeds on Instagram. I’ve set one up myself and for other organisations. It would need to be updated at least twice a week by someone who knows what they are doing. 4. How can The Journalist engage more effectively with members? The Journalist needs to be active in looking for stories among members and make itself more open to accepting content from members. It needs to fish around for more stories – even if it’s profile from an older or younger journalist – see point 1. Starting such a feature might encourage more members to engage – we all like gossip and we like reading about our peers, some of us even like showing off. 5. What is the role of The Journalist in communicating union policy and activities? It’s role is to communicate union policy with clarity and impartiality and to be as contemporary as possible. As the only print publication for journalists this means making sure as much of the membership is engaged with the magazine as possible. There are ways in which this can be improved which I have already outlined..


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