Monday 29 June 2009

Second Stand Up For Journalism event

The NUJ is to hold a second Stand Up For Journalism fundraiser on Sunday following a similar event in London.
This time the venue is Stockport, hard hit by MEN Media's decision to shut the local office, where the Stockport Express, South Manchester Reporter and Trafford Metro News staff were based.
The NUJ says that across the whole of the weekly papers in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire - over 36 editorial jobs have gone, and by October all of the local offices will be closed. Remaining journalists will be based in central Manchester.
BBC Radio Manchester presenter Chris Holliday will compere, the event, there will be a punk/ska DJ set plus three of the best from the North West’s comedy circuit.
Jenny Lennox of the NUJ says: "There has been a massive attack on local journalism in Stockport and Greater Manchester, which has removed journalists from the communities they serve. We are delighted to see that people are prepared to stand up for journalism and show how much it matters."
Event details: Stand Up For Journalism, Sunday July 5th, Baker’s Vault, Market Place, Stockport SK1 1EU Doors open 7.30pm
Tickets £5 - For tickets call the NUJ office on 0161 237 5020.

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