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'Work your proper hours' plea to journalists

The National Union of Journalists has declared February 22 as ‘Work Your Proper Hours Day’. The NUJ is asking all its members not to give bosses any time for free next Friday.
The union claims that, on average, journalists give two months of their own time a year beyond what they are paid for such as working through lunch and covering events.

Journalists are being invited to apply for the Laurence Stern Fellowship, which gives the winner the chance to work at the Washington Post’s national desk for three months this summer. They will get their salary, air fare and money to travel as part of the prize.
Applications will be considered from any journalists, whether print, broadcast or online and further information can be found here.

A ballot over strike action among National Union of Journalists members at Reuters news agency has been suspended.
The move comes after a decision by management not to go ahead with changes to its career structure for journalists.
NUJ organiser Barry Fitzpatrick said: “We’re pleased that Reuters management has seen sense and suspended the implementation of these changes.”

The Journalists’ Charity received a cheque for £500 from EDF Energy who sponsored the East of England Media Awards, run in conjunction with holdthefrontpage.
A table collection was held among guests at the awards ceremony, at Whipsnade Zoo, which raised a further £118.

The Manchester Evening News is sponsoring the inaugural ‘How-Do’ awards. The north-west media news website is offering 14 different prizes including best daily newspaper and best website.
The Evening News has put its name to the best advertising/media agency category.

The Society of Editors has announced a date for its 2008 conference.
The event will be held from November 9 to 11 in Bristol.