Rerouted not derailed

Branch secretary Anna Wagstaff reports on our activities during the year of the pandemic.

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ADHD – a matter of attention and focus

October is ADHD Awareness Month. Branch chair Lynn Degele was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as an adult in 2012 and has been learning about her strengths and challenges since then. This blog post is based on a piece she wrote for a new colleague-led forum for staff with visible and hidden disabilities.

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Reader Comments: is it time to shut them down?

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Freedom of expression is a human right. But freedom to offend and abuse under cover of anonymity is not. Nathan Briant, a former Oxford Mail reporter now working at BBC Oxford, argues that it’s time for newspapers to think of more efficient way of interacting with readers. Continue reading

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We’re joining forces to defend jobs, pay and conditions in book & journal publishing

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The Oxford branch of the NUJ has been teaming up with the NUJ Book branch to highlight issues of concern to members working in the sector. Most recently, we have joined forces to profile how publishers’ responses to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic is impacting on the pay, hours, and job security of our members. This report, which was published in edited form in the June edition of the NUJ Branch News, was compiled by Catherine Brereton, (NEC Books rep job share), Helen Weir (Book branch committee), and Eleanor Connor (Oxford branch committee). Continue reading

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A marathon, not a sprint: working from home during Covid-19

Lynn DegeleBranch chair Lynn Degele has been working from home for six weeks. Here she shares her experiences of work before and after lockdown. Continue reading

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Local journalists: how they inform and support us through the Covid crisis

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During the lockdown, our local journalists have gone the extra mile to keep us informed about how the virus and the lockdown is affecting all aspects of our lives, and about how we can best protect our own health and well-being and support one another. They have done this even as their already depleted newsrooms have been further reduced by furloughs. James Roberts, currently furloughed from his post as a sports reporter at the Oxford Mail, looks back at some of the highlights of the paper’s coverage so far.

THE phrase ‘key workers’ conjures up images of NHS staff performing heroics to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. But the outbreak has also reinforced the vital role played by another group with ‘key worker’ status: the regional press. Continue reading

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Coronavirus – how the NUJ can help you

Green button with the words "Covid-19 information".The NUJ Campaigns office is doing sterling work compiling useful information for members – including updates on financial support. You can find this on the Covid 19 page on the union website.

Sign up for NUJ Informed, the fortnightly email newsletter from head office, by emailing campaigns@nuj.org.uk. You can download the newsletter via the NUJ Documents page (which also includes the latest coronavirus briefings).

Follow the NUJ on twitter @NUJofficial and join the NUJ group on Facebook. You can also keep in touch with Oxford and District branch on Twitter and Facebook.

Make sure the membership office has your home email address, especially if you don’t have regular access to your normal workplace email. Contact: membership@nuj.org.uk

Need help?

This is a difficult time for many of our branch members, whether struggling with working from home or worried about their income.

If you have problems, we will do our best to find you the help you need. Please contact the Oxford branch Welfare Officer, Bill MacKeith, on bmackeith@gmail.com.

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The world of work changed overnight….

In a time of crisis, we need journalism more than ever to keep us informed and to connect communities. Branch member Paul Jenner tells us how journalists at BBC Oxford have found new ways to do their job.

When we started telling people that we were expecting a baby in May, practically everyone told me how wonderful it would be to have a baby in the spring. None of us, of course, was banking on the fact that we would be in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. We talked of how the weather would start to turn warmer and we how would be able to spend plenty of time outdoors. Now, that prospect looks very uncertain indeed.

I remember exactly when I first heard about the coronavirus. We were sitting in our hotel room in Tenerife in January, grabbing a “babymoon” while we had the chance. The TV reporter talked about how the virus was spreading across Wuhan in China, and it all seemed very remote. Now, it seems closer to home than ever. Continue reading

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Please take 5 minutes to defend the BBC

An appeal from your colleagues at BBC Oxford

Respond to the Survey by 5.00pm April 1st

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The Government put forward a proposal a few weeks before the coronavirus crisis hit, that seems designed to lead to a fatal undermining of the BBC by effectively making payment of the TV license optional.

That proposal was put out for a lightning quick public consultation, which will end at 5pm on April 1.

We understand that the current emergency situation is taking up a lot of people’s time and attention. But we hope you don’t mind us asking those of you who can spare it, for 5 minutes of your time to respond to that consultation.

The BBC belongs to all of us and we all have a voice, but we need to use that voice before the April 1st deadline. Continue reading

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Coronavirus: advice for workers and colleagues

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Oxford NUJ members are, like all workers at the moment, concerned about the coronavirus crisis, so we thought it would be helpful to compile a summary of our rights and responsibilities as workers and colleagues. These notes were sent to our members on 18th March, and while the general advice should remain accurate there will be further information available as the situation evolves. Please check the NUJ website and social media for the latest updates. Continue reading

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