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02 | theJournalist

Main feature 12 Are young dreams being dashed? Why new entrants leave journalism

But, as Ruth Addicott finds in our cover feature, many young people are deserting these roles


not long after achieving them, finding that the reality of clickbait driven, office-bound journalism today is not what they dreamt of. And then there’s the pay…or lack of it. Louise Tickle looks at the prevalence of media organisations and other groups who expect journalists to work for nothing. Since the last edition of The Journalist the NUJ has held its biennial delegate meeting – the policy setting framework for the union. Low pay, worsening conditions at the BBC, Iran’s treatment of journalists on the BBC’s Persian service and many other issues were on the busy agenda in Southport. There was also a motion calling for The Journalist to remain a

print publication published at least six times a year. It came as the union’s strategic communications review raised a question over the frequency of the magazine. I was delighted that the motion from Bristol branch was passed with no opposition. I’m glad that the delegates showed that they appreciate the magazine. I know many non-activist members also value it.

id you dream of becoming a reporter or an editor? Many of us did, attracted by an exciting career full of variety and the potential to hold power to account.

News 03 Al Jazeera strike over pay Protest over four-year wage freeze

04 Bid to boost women’s media presence Campaign taken to Scottish TUC

05 More job cuts at Trinity Mirror Digital drive rolls on

06 NUJ Delegate Meeting 2018 Conference reports


10 A day in the life of A union communications journalist

12 Scoop International reporting then and now

16 Pay day mayday Growing demands for free work


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Cover picture Gary Neil

09 Viewpoint 19 NUJ & Me 25 Story behind the picture 26 And finally...

Arts with Attitude Pages 20-21

Raymond Snoddy Page 18

Letters & Steve Bell Page 22-23

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