PULITZER PRIZE FOR WEINSTEIN WORK The New York Times and the New Yorker’s investigative reporting, which exposed allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, has won a Pulitzer prize. Allegations by actors who had worked with the producer led to the worldwide #MeToo movement of women speaking up about sexual assault.
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CHANNEL 4 TO OPEN NEW BUREAUX Channel 4 News is to open three new bureaux outside London, including one ‘major hub’ as part of an initiative to extend its reach and representation in the UK. The broadcaster said it aimed to become the first peak-time national news programme to co-anchor from London and a studio elsewhere from 2020.
HUNGARIAN DAILY FORCED TO CLOSE The Hungarian opposition daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet closed last month. There had been after a sudden increase in rent of the offices. The owners are reportedly close to the recently re-elected president Viktor Orbán. Radio station Lánchíd Rádió has also stopped broadcasting.
5 NEWS HIRES BULMAN AS DEPUTY EDITOR ITV News head of planning Jessica Bulman has been appointed deputy editor of 5 News. She has overseen the planning of UK and specialist content at ITV News for two years. She will support editor Cat FitzSimons.
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NUJ tackles women’s media representation
Scottish NUJ delegates to the Scottish Trades Union Congress in Aviemore led the charge for increased representation of women.
The delegation comprised Liz Ely, Simon
Barrow, Jim Symonds and Scotland’s NUJ organiser Dominic Bascombe. The NUJ’s motion challenging the
representation of women in the media won support from all unions attending.
The motion recognised the power of the media to affect how under- represented groups saw themselves and how consumers of media viewed them. It called for a joint, cohesive approach to tackle negative portrayals and messages. Liz Ely said: “I have lost count of how many
times I have heard groups of men on the radio discussing the gender pay gap, or the #MeToo movement. “Whenever we have a platform, we represent
ourselves and affect how others see us. In the trade union movement and across the media, we’re working to change how women and all
oppressed groups are represented.” Diljeet Bhachu, a musician and delegate of the Musicians’ Union, highlighted the issue of visibility. She said: “Visibility has the power to raise aspiration, and encourage real inclusivity and equality. “But to have some visibility is not enough.
Tokenism is also damaging. Under- represented people are diverse, and representation needs to reflect this plurality too. People are more than their labels.” The NUJ delegation also put forward a motion
challenging the strategy of media companies to increase the use of user-generated content to the detriment of professional journalists. A third motion from the union called on the STUC to explore different models of ownership and to consider the introduction of the cooperative model approach for some newspapers. This follows work by NUJ Scotland about
cooperative ownership s for local newspapers that have been threatened with closure or severe editorial cuts.
“ Men earn more across our industry
Women in the media industry are losing out to men in pay, with their male colleagues earning more, occupying more senior roles and receiving bigger bonuses, the government gender pay reporting service has revealed. An analysis by Press Gazette showed that 91 per cent of
UK-based media companies paid men more than women on average, based on the mean hourly rate, and 85 per cent paid men more in bonus pay. The union is encouraging chapels to carry out their own pay
audits to find out how pay is distributed across employees, including by age, ethnicity and length of service. The Telegraph has one of the highest gender pay gaps in the industry with women getting paid 35 per cent less than men on average.
One of Tyrone’s oldest established weekly newspapers, the Tyrone Courier, has launched a new edition. The first issue of the Mid-Ulster Courier hit the
New edition of paper for Mid-Ulster Due to rising demands and
streets at the end of February.
to serve the paper’s growing readership in the areas of Cookstown and Magherafelt, it was felt a new Mid-Ulster
edition was needed to complement the Tyrone Courier.
Editor Ian Greer said: “This is a tough time for the newspaper industry, so it is refreshing to see a new title
I have lost count of how many times I have heard groups of men on the radio discussing the gender pay gap, or the #MeToo movement
Liz Ely Scottish NUJ delegate
launched in Mid-Ulster. In addition, we have taken on an extra journalist.” Both the Tyrone Courier and the Mid-Ulster Courier are published on Tuesday mornings.
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