Women over 50 are very active in our branch, so two of us went to London last week for a Women in Journalism event called “Fifty – a dangerous age for journalists?”
We’re not going to say which two because we don’t want to “come out” publicly as being over 50, in case it’s detrimental to our careers. But maybe we’re wrong… that was the point of the discussion. Continue reading
Campsfield immigration removal centre, Kidlington, near Oxford
The Oxford and District NUJ Branch is taking up the issue of access for journalists to immigration detention centres. Branch member Bill MacKeith explains why this is important.
Remember the Panama Papers? Who doesn’t? At the root of the story was the leaking of 11.5m files from the database of the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The documents showed how the rich exploit secretive offshore tax regimes. What made the story memorable was the international collaboration that allowed 370 journalists across almost 80 countries involving more than 100 media organisations, to make sense of this huge amount of complex information, pick out the angles most relevant to their own national audiences, and publish simultaneously across the world.
What if that could be done by local journalists? Continue reading
We were out and about during the NUJ’s Local News Matters campaign in March, creating videos to celebrate our local news infrastructure – from the BBC and local radio to online and print hyperlocal titles. You can watch all the videos on our YouTube playlist.
And to see the highlights of our social media campaign, check out our Local News Matters story on Storify.
Gill Oliver, business and property reporter
This comment piece is entirely my own personal view and not that of the Oxford Mail, The Oxford Times, or any other journalists there, nor of Newsquest or Gannett.
I KEEP hearing and reading scathing descriptions about how terrible regional and local newspapers have become.
It’s a sad truth that many UK local titles have been axed or reduced to a shell of their former selves and that is a tragedy and a scandal.
But as we mark Local News Matters week, please don’t tar all regional and local newspapers with the same brush. Continue reading
Oxford and District NUJ has always stood up for local news, arguing that strong news gathering is vital to local democracy. Now this matters more than ever, as more and more local newsrooms are being expected to do their job with fewer and fewer people.
That’s why we’re supporting the NUJ’s Local News Matters Week, starting this Friday (24th March). Continue reading
IT IS NOT just newspaper publishers that are cutting costs and seeing quality drop: this is becoming prevalent across many sectors within the NUJ. A branch member with long experience in educational publishing reports on the issues facing freelance editors. Continue reading