Wednesday, June 22

Early day motion 1958: BBC Regional Cuts
That this House recognises the importance of regional television andradio, including that which is provided by the BBC; notes that the BBC Look East, West Regional TV News programme, broadcast as part of the main regional Look East TV programme at 18:30 and as a dedicated service at 20:00 and 22:25 each weekday, delivers a tailored service of local news to an audience of around three million people in Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire; further notes that it is likely to be cut and replaced with a regional programme with less local news; further notes that the BBC Oxford TV Subopt service is facing a similar fate despite serving around a million people across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon and the Cotswolds; further notes that the BBC Channel Island TV service is also to be cut and the service replaced by mainland programming; deprecates the decision by the BBC to cut these vital local services and replace them with far broader coverage; and calls on the BBC to protect the vital role of BBC TV News for local communities such as the west of East Anglia.
Primary sponsor: Julian Huppert, Date tabled: 21.06.2011

Friday, June 10

Christine Buckley has pulled out of next week's meeting
Apologies have been received from Christine Buckley, editor of The Journalist, who says she has an urgent, last minute personal commitment which means she can not be the guest speaker at our branch meeting in Coventry on Thursday, June 16. The meeting at the Old Windmill in Spon Street, Coventry, will carry on as usual and branch chairwoman Barbara Goulden will offer members the chance to discuss the upcoming election of a new Deputy General Secretary, internships, and which training workshops members would be interested in the branch organising.

Shropshire Newspapers to ballot for strike action over redundancies
Journalists at Shropshire Newspapers have voted unanimously at an emergency NUJ chapel meeting to ballot for strike action in a dispute over redundancies. Midland News Association, which owns the papers, is targeting 35 redundancies across all departments, but the journalists are demanding a guarantee that there will be no compulsory editorial job losses. Midland News Association also owns the Wolverhampton Express and Star where the company is seeking a redundancy target of 60 jobs.

NUJ northern and midlands organiser Chris Morley said: "Our members at Shropshire Newspapers are greatly concerned at the appalling prospect of compulsory redundancies.They also fear for the future of their titles and the communities they serve if the cuts go too deep.
Full article can be read here . . . .

Writing better features
There will be a free afternoon workshop run by journalist and film scriptwriter Brendan Foley at 2:00pm on Saturday July 16 in the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire studios in Priory Place, Coventry. Brendan has entitled his workshop Writing Better Features and says the informal afternoon session will cover print, web and radio writing and should be suitable for people at all levels of their career.
All those interested in attending should Email:

Scotland: 'Extraordinary level' of Daily Record/Sunday Mail job cuts
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has questioned 'the extraordinary level of redundancies being contemplated at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail' where the management has announced 90 redundancies among journalists at the titles

The chapel met Wednesday and NUJ negotiators will go back to management with a range of demands and questions. We have secured a meeting with government ministers next week and if the chapel wishes, we'll aim to organise a public meeting in the city next week and invite other unions to raise the profile of the issue. It's vital members in the building don't feel they're on their own.
Full article can be read here . . . .

Monday, June 6

Birmingham and Coventry NUJ

Calling notice - Branch Meeting - Thursday 16th June
Old Windmill
Spon Street
Coventry Cv1 3Ba
6:00pm for 6:30pm start

Guest speaker Christine Buckley, editor of 'The Journalist'
Christine Buckley has brought the first major change of style and design to the NUJ publication The Journalist since it went from newspaper to magazine style 17 years ago.
"I've sought to make the new magazine reflective of the diverse, active union that the NUJ is, and I intend that it should echo the voices of our members from across the union. Communication with members is a cornerstone of how the NUJ operates, and The Journalist editor is elected in a union-wide ballot which affirms the publication's independence of the union's leadership and of any faction." Christine Buckley

Like it, don't like it, could it be better, here's your chance to make your views known to Christine.

1) Introduction by chair/those attending / apologies
2) Christine Buckley to address those attending
3) Minutes of May meeting
4) Secretary/Treasurers reports
5) Pending industrial disputes - June 30th day of action against the cuts
6) Branch reports/national reports
7) Any other business

NUJ Pride: Celebrating/supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual members
Equality is at the heart of everything the NUJ does. NUJ Pride is a forum which celebrates and supports our LGBT members and those who support us, providing a safe place for members to discuss issues which impact on our professional lives and the media organisations which we work for.
Where We Stand:

Birmingham & Coventry Against the Cuts
Strike Day Demonstration- Thursday June 30th 2011
Assemble 12:00 noon, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB
For a rally and march.

This will be a regional demonstration for all towns/cities/boroughs in the West Midlands, and striking workers will be coming to the city centre from picket lines to join the protest. Nationally, ballots are being conducted by NUT, ATL, NAHT, PCS UNISON, over pensions/redundancies/arbitrary changes to contracts.

Coventry Against The Cuts go here . . . . Phone: 079 5277 0412

Birmingham Against The Cuts is a group formed by Trade Unions, Service Groups, User Groups and Campaign Groups in Birmingham to oppose the cuts being made by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalitions both nationally and locally.
More details here . . . .

NUJ national delegate meeting instructed the NUJ NEC:
To work with other trade unions and campaigning organisations to stop the cuts in local areas by encouraging chapels and branches to send delegates to campaign meetings and involve as many of their members as possible in anti-cuts activity.

NUJ Customized Workshops - Working for you
Branch is willing if there is a demand to organize local free workshops, which we hope would increase your skills, some suggestions:
'Writing for the web'
'Feature Writing'
'Improving your CV'
'Writing your first book/screen writing'
'Build your own Website '
There is an extensive list of NUJ workshops here . . . .

If interested contact: "Barbara Goulden" <>

Motions carried at NUJ Delegate Meeting 2011
Now available to download complete list of all motions carried at the Delegate meeting, which took place last April. All motions from Birmingham & Coventry branch were passed.