11th July 2011. No, not according to the NUJ. However, while individual journalists or readers may feel about it differently, the closure of the News of the World has been a deeply significant event in the history of the media in the UK. As ever, the question arises – where do we go from here?
Conway Hall, London, 14th July, 19.00
The NUJ has a long commitment to protecting professional journalism and quality as well as defending members’ jobs. The union has therefore organised a conference meeting at 7 pm on 14 July 2011 in Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL, to consider the prospects for media life after the end of the World.
Due to the fast-changing pace of events, the speaker panel is being put together at this moment. However attendees can be sure of senior NUJ representation and quite possibly some speakers who have been in the headlines recently.
The NUJ wishes to welcome everyone with an interest in the events of the last week and the issues arising. The meeting is therefore open to all, union members or not. Please email campaigns(at)nuj.org.uk to ensure a place.
Journalist ethics still a core concern
This is a good time to remember that the NUJ maintains an Ethics Council and an Ethics Hotline, precisely to help members deal with some of the ethical dilemmas that arise when producing headline stories. The Ethics Hotline is staffed by Ethics Council members, and is not there to preach but to discuss issues of professional standards between colleagues. It allows members to seek a second opinion from experienced, knowledgeable fellow journalists.
Ethics Hotline: (+44) 845 450 0864
Members can also email ethics(at)nuj.org.uk
Don’t forget the NUJ Code of Conduct
The NUJ also has an established Code of Conduct, which can be referred to at: