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.
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How can 12 journalists produce 11 local papers and 8 websites? Last week, the journalists at Newsquest’s South London titles got a feel for how when, after a week on strike, they returned to work for a few days before walking out again for another week.
Speaking at a meeting called by the Oxford branch at The Punter last Thursday, one chapel rep described the process. “You just have to get the paper out: Do we have the age of this girl? No? Do we have a name for her? No? F*** it! That’ll do. Off it goes.” Continue reading
Eleven branch members signed up to the first NUJ professional training course to be organised right here in Oxford. Anne Hall (@AnneHall222) was one of them and reports on the experience.
Thursday Sept 10th, 7.00-8.15pm, St Aldates Tavern, opposite Oxford Town Hall
Discussion with videoclips led by Jason Parkinson
Videojournalist Jason Parkinson spent 10 days in August recording events around Calais, one of Europe’s many migration frontlines, which he first visited in 2007.
He used his camera to document the realities of daily life for the people trapped in this permanent transit camp on the Calais dunes, and to give a voice to people like Alpha, pictured below, to tell their stories – (you can see the full 5-min video here.
At our September meeting, Jason will show some of his footage, talk about his experiences and lead a discussion about covering the stories of migrants and migration.
This part of the meeting will start at 7.00pm and will be open to anyone interested in joining the discussion.
The Palestine Unlocked festival, which ran in Oxford throughout much of the month of June, showcased some famous names and faces, such as the Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert, who gave nightly reports on the casualty situation during last year’s bombardment of Gaza, and Mustapha Barghouti, a leading Palestinian spokesperson and advocate for using peaceful means, including the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign, to end the military occupation.
But it was the story of a lesser known photojournalist from Nablus, Abed Qusini, as told by Katherine MacAlister through a front-page article in the Oxford Times Weekend, and in interview with BBC Oxford’s Kat Orman that arguably did most to get across the reality of daily life for Palestinians.