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York Journalists in Lunchtime Stoppages

The other side of the NUJ debate is, of course, the fact that there are dramatic levels of job cuts happening in the industry. And, in some places, those are being fought.

NUJ members in York are conducting lunchtime stoppages to protest four job cuts at Newsquest York. The chapel has a blog, talking about the dispute
Messages of support can be texted to to their meeting on 07791 626238.

NUJ: Response from a Union Official

I have been given permission to publish this response from Jenny Lennox, assistant organiser at the NUJ. The e-mail was broadly agreeing with another member’s post which stated that the member hadn’t come across any journalist who don’t believe that good journalism can happen online, and that publishers aren’t investing enough. Her response was as follows:

I spend my days talking to journalists throughout the regional press, and they don’t have a gripe with the web, just with their employers and their crappy approach to it. I haven’t met a single “anti-web”.

We have got the debate all wrong, because we are allowing people to tell us what the union and journalists think who quite clearly haven’t got a clue. The debate is about properly resourced quality journalism vs money-grabbing bastards who think they can produce it in any format on the cheap.

This first appeared as an e-mail on the new media mailing list.

Comment: I think it’s a shame that this is the only public response we’ve had from an NUJ official, because it clearly misses the point. This dispute has never been about the NUJ not understanding the web or even new media, it’s about them not understanding (or engaging with) social media.

The NUJ & Social Media: A Few Follow-ups

A few very quick response to the NUJ furore, as I’m back from holiday today, and a longer response will have to wait for me to clear my inbox at work.

First up, thank you to everyone who got involved in the comments in the last few posts – and I do mean everyone. Conversation and debate are at the heart of blogging, and this debate is certainly moving forwards – into the Guardian’s blogs, as it turns out.
The discussion has also spread onto the NUJ New Media Mailing list. Salina Christmas has provided a rather nice visual guide or two to the discussion over on her blog.
And lastly, Glyn Moody, an ex-NUJ member, pinpoints far more neatly than I have managed the opportunity the NUJ has missed here.
More detailed comments to follow later. 

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