Amateur photographers encouraged to charge


mateur photographers should charge for their work, their professional

colleagues in the NUJ have argued in a short campaign launched last month. #Useitpayforit encourages amateurs to understand the value of photographs and videos they provide to news outlets and provides them with the know-how to obtain proper rates for their work. In the past decade, the

scope for sharing pictures plus a media appetite for free images have made it harder to make a living as an editorial photographer. Dominic Bascombe, NUJ

organiser and serving officer of the NUJ’s Photographers’ Council, said: “If amateur photographers realised the value of their work and charged appropriately, it would stop their work crowding out that of professionals. For the vast bulk of editorial work, only

a professional’s efforts will do – where publishers require the legal and ethical certainty of using someone with proper experience, for example. Where someone gets lucky with a wildlife picture, or finds themselves witnessing a newsworthy event, then it is better for all of us if they charge for their photographs.” Many professional editorial

photographers have been hit by declining markets and rising equipment costs, while images from social media

and Google Street View have replaced some of their work. Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ

general secretary, said: “We just don’t want amateurs to be the first choice just because they do not charge. If a photo is good enough to be published or broadcast, it is good enough to be paid for. Professionals have long used resources such as our Freelance Fees Guide and the Rate for The Job database to get the best fees; we want everyone to have access to these.”

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he union has welcomed an impending government review of

news and media. The NUJ has been calling

for a government-led inquiry for some time and last year mounted a Local News Matters campaign. The review will look at:

news media with a focus on the local and regional press • The range of news

available and the different business models for high-quality journalism • How the press is

adapting to the digital market and the role of

online platforms • The digital advertising supply chain • “Clickbait” and

low-quality news Matt Hancock, secretary

of state for digital, culture, media and sport, said this review would ensure a ‘plural free press’.

Bristol Cable wins £100,000 investment

he Bristol Cable, a quarterly free magazine, has received a £100,000

grant for two years from investment firm the Omidyar Network. The community-owned title

was launched four years ago by three university friends and

has 1,900 contributing members and a small team of paid contributors. It says that it aims to support independent media. The Omidayar Network has

previously given money to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism and

other British groups including activism organisation Open Data Manchester. The Bristol Cable said it

would hire a community media coordinator and develop an online platform to make it easier for members to contribute.

in brief...

BBC CUTS PARTY CONFERENCE STAFF The BBC is to cut the number of journalists covering political party conferences and most news programmes will not have a dedicated set. Only the Today programme will have its own studio during the conference season. Previously, the BBC has taken around 80 members of staff including journalists and technicians to cover the major political conferences.

If a photo is good enough to be published or broadcast, it is good enough to be paid for

FIRST WOMAN EDITOR FOR NEW SCIENTIST Emily Wilson has become the first female editor of the New Scientist in the magazine’s 62-year history. She joins from the Guardian where she is responsible for the paper’s global stories, including science, environment, health and technology, and philanthropically funded editorial projects.

DENNEN BECOMES EDITOR OF TATLER Richard Dennen last month became the new editor of Tatler magazine.. He moved to the role from the Mail on Sunday where he was a features writer. Dennen previously worked at the high society magazine for six years, including a spell as editor at large. Before the Mail on Sunday, he was a style writer for the Sunday Times and columnist for the Evening Standard.

MARTINSON JOINS CITY UNIVERSITY Jane Martinson, former Guardian head of media, has joined City University as a professor of financial journalism. She has been appointed as the new Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism and will lead the MA financial journalism programme.

EVENING STANDARD STARTS ‘GO’ GUIDE London’s Evening Standard has launched an online guide to restaurants, bars, attractions and culture in the capital. Go London includes articles on what to do and see. Tickets and tables can be booked directly from the microsite, which is part of the paper’s main website.

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