NUJ conference 2023 – the next generation

The NUJ held its biannual conference on April 28-29, at the TUC’s Congress House in central London. And Oxford NUJ were out in force. Branch secretary Anna Wagstaff reports.

The conference room, with a notice on a table reading "Oxford & District".

This was the first time that NUJ members from all sectors of the union, from across England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and continental Europe, had met in person for five years, due to the disruption caused by the pandemic.

Continue reading “NUJ conference 2023 – the next generation”

Why BBC Oxford journalists are on strike today

At 11am today, 15 March, staff at BBC Radio Oxford began a 24-hour strike in protest at plans to cut BBC local radio. They join NUJ members on strike at 30 stations across England. BBC Oxford journalists and NUJ reps Martin Eastaugh and Serena Martin explain why.

A group of people on a picket line outside the BBC Oxford studios. They hold NUJ banners and placards.

We believe you, as licence fee payers, know the difference between local and regional journalism. The needs and interests of people in Banbury and rural Oxfordshire are not the same as those in Reading or on the Isle of White – and vice versa.

But true local journalism is under threat. Local BBC radio, TV and online are some of the very few to find coverage of important stories from where you live, and we are so proud to deliver them. You pay for this through your licence fee – but these new proposals unfairly cheat people in Oxfordshire out of a local service.

Continue reading “Why BBC Oxford journalists are on strike today”

Local people say “Save BBC Oxford”

NUJ members working for the BBC will begin a campaign of industrial action this week aimed at stopping proposals for cuts to local radio. And local listeners are right behind them.

A man and a woman holding up a poster saying "Save BBC Radio Oxford".

NUJ members working for BBC local radio, TV and online will begin a campaign of industrial action this week aimed at stopping proposals to share afternoon and weekend broadcasts, other than for news and live sports bulletins, across wider regions.

And local listeners are right behind them.

We found widespread opposition to the proposed changes when we leafleted shoppers at the Cowley centre, Didcot and Witney.

Continue reading “Local people say “Save BBC Oxford””

A day in the life: the freelance web editor

A day in the life of Penny Kiley, a freelance web editor and NUJ member.

When people think of the National Union of Journalists, they don’t tend to think of people like me. I don’t have an employer and I don’t work as a reporter for newspapers, magazines or broadcasting. I’m freelance, and there are a lot of us in the NUJ. And I work mostly in what the union quaintly calls “new media” – in other words, digital. There are a lot of NUJ members working in that sector too. It is actually a very broad-based union these days.

I’ve been freelance (this time round) for exactly ten years, as Facebook recently reminded me, so it seems a good time to stop and think about what I do. Also, the branch thought a “day in the life” of some members might be a good idea for blog posts. So here goes.

Continue reading “A day in the life: the freelance web editor”

Showing solidarity with Oxford workers

Oxford NUJ took part in the march and rally organised by Oxford & District Trades Council. Branch member Paula Dunne reports.

Branch members marching with our banner.

On Sunday 22nd January, hundreds of trade unionists, organisers and activists took to the streets for the ‘March Together Strike Together’ march and rally from Manzil Way to Oxford Town Hall.

Continue reading “Showing solidarity with Oxford workers”

Join the campaign to save BBC Local Radio (and BBC Oxford TV)

"Keep BBC Local Radio Local" logo.

We now have more detail on the BBC’s proposals to significantly cut its bespoke output in BBC Local Radio and closure of BBC Oxford TV. We are asking for your support in opposing the cuts, which we believe will seriously diminish a service that is highly valued by listeners and underpins local democracy.

Continue reading “Join the campaign to save BBC Local Radio (and BBC Oxford TV)”

Messages of support from local trade unionists for BBC Oxford

"Hands off our BBC" campaign logo.

The NUJ has a long-running campaign, Local News Matters. Trade unionists from around Oxfordshire explain what the loss of BBC’s TV and radio local news means to them.

Continue reading “Messages of support from local trade unionists for BBC Oxford”

What’s happening to BBC local radio and television in Oxfordshire

Drawing of a birthday cake with a slice cut out of it, labelled "Local radio cuts".
It’s BBC local radio’s 55th birthday – a bad time to be killing it off, says the NUJ.

On 31st October, the BBC announced wide-ranging changes to its local news coverage that will have particular impact on Oxfordshire. Local radio is being cut across the country – but we also lose our dedicated Oxford TV news coverage.

Continue reading “What’s happening to BBC local radio and television in Oxfordshire”

The year we came out of lockdown

Branch secretary Anna Wagstaff reviews another year of branch activism in her 2021-22 annual report.

This was the year we came out of the lockdown, and began to navigate issues around the social, professional and financial aspects of working from home. Issues around costs of heating that were strongly flagged in the Beyond Lockdown: Working from Home survey we ran in 2021 became much more significant as fuel costs have escalated.

Continue reading “The year we came out of lockdown”