Monday, 11 May 2009

NUJ 's alternative press awards of shame

The NUJ has launched more awards no newspapers would want to win in a bid to shame axe wielding bosses.
The union has already launched an award for the Most Hypocritical Local Media Campaign of the Year - aimed at newspapers running campaigns to support local businesses while sacking journalists or moving them to far away centralised offices out of their news areas.
Entries are now open for three extra awards for:
The Community Served by the Most Remote News Hub.
The Best Story by a Journalist who has Since Been Made Redundant.
The Lowest Number of Journalists Producing a Weekly Paper of 80 Pages or More.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said: “We have a ridiculous situation where companies are promoting themselves with local slogans while producing their products many miles away and sometimes with no locally-based workers at all.
“We hope to shame the media owners into either investing in journalism or passing on these companies to people who care about the communities”
To make nominations or suggest new categories email .

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