Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Demand forces NUJ Jobs Summit venue switch

The NUJ’s Jobs Summit to be held on Saturday has been switched to a bigger venue after registrations far exceeded the 70-person capacity of the union’s Headland House headquarters in London's King's Cross.
It will now be held at The School of Pharmacy, 29-39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX, close to the union's HQ. The summit's aim is to galvanise NUJ members to plan a response to the widespread redundancies, budget cuts and pay freezes currently being imposed across the media industry, particularly on newspapers.
Among speakers lined up for the event are Nick Davies, the investigative journalist and author of 'Flat Earth News' and Michael Klehm, of Deutsche Journalisten-Verband (DJV), the German journalist' union.
NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said: “The level of interest being shown in the summit just goes to show our members’ resolve against the latest media cutbacks. The event isn’t just about training people in how to respond to redundancies, budget cuts and pay freezes. Everyone will have a chance to add their ideas about how we can work together to challenge the short-term cutbacks that are damaging our industry.”
The latest job cuts in the regional newspaper industry have come with Johnston Press announcing a new centralised subbing system which could cut up to 49 jobs from its Midlands divisions.

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