delegate meeting 2018 inbrief...

STRUCURAL REVIEW DIDN’T TAKE SHAPE An instruction from the previous delegate meeting in 2016 calling on the NEC to carry out a root and branch structural review of the union was not carried out. Seamus Dooley, assistant general secretary, had called the motion the most important one from the 2016 DM. Tim Dawson, president, explained in his report to this DM that the union’s development committee had not functioned well and that significant managerial time had been spent on the communications review. He said that it may not be possible to deliver more than one significant review but he promised to conduct such a review if there was still support for it and if the NEC backed it.

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Support for The Journalist in print

The NEC has been instructed to maintain The Journalist in print for at least six editions a year – the current frequency of the magazine. A motion from Bristol branch

said: “This DM believes that the NUJ should lead the way in supporting print publications.” The motion was carried with no one speaking against it. The motion came as the

union’s strategic communications review raised

uncertainty over the future frequency of the magazine, which is sent out to all members. The review said that its future

frequency would be a matter for the new NEC to decide. The Journalist editorial

advisory board, a DM-elected body that supports the independence of the magazine’s editor, had also voiced support for the magazine continuing as a

regular print publication. Its report to the conference

said: “The NUJ should be flying the flag for print journalism. “We deplore the loss of media titles in print and support the continuation of print journalism. “What signal would it

send out if we were to cease printing our own flagship publication?” Christine Buckley, editor of The Journalist, told delegates

Welsh channel cash call

Delegates backed a campaign to ensure proper funding for Welsh language broadcaster S4C. The move is in

response to plans for nearly £7 million in

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government funding for the channel to end by 2022. After then, all its money will come from the licence fee. DM heard S4C had

seen its income fall by nearly £20 million in

the past 10 years. A motion from the union’s Welsh executive council (WEC) called for the broadcaster to be funded in Wales and to be overseen by the

that the magazine was now the only print publication for the media industry following the shift of Press Gazette to online. She said that the digital

take-up of NUJ online publications, such as NUJ Informed, had been found to be low and that it was a valuable for a membership organisation to be able to communicate with its members directly.

Welsh Assembly rather than Westminster. Nick Powell of the

WEC said that the channel was a vital part of Welsh culture. He told conference:

“S4C has gone from having secure and even generous

funding to a shrinking and insecure budget.” He said money was needed from politicians but also that it was important to guarantee independence from political control and influence.

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