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Union launches campaign to ‘save local newspapers’

A local branch of the National Union of Journalists is launching a campaign next week to ‘save local newspapers’ in the wake of the recent spate of industry job losses.

The event on Monday has been organised by the NUJ’s North London and Herts branch which recently went on strike over non-replacement of staff at Tindle Newspapers.

Although that dispute has now been settled, branch members believe that the quality of local newspapers remains under threat because reporters don’t have time to leave their desks and cover important stories.

The event at Enfield will see a range of speakers followed by a question and answer session with NUJ members involved in the recent stoppage.

Jonathan Lovett father-of-chapel for Tindle’s North London and Herts Newspapers said more than 100 people were expected to attend the event.

Said Jonathan: “We will hold a forum for debate and get ideas going. We have got a good idea about getting readers involved and finding out what they want.”

The campaign launch takes place from 6.30pm on Monday 4 July at The Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, London Road, Enfield Town.

The NUJ nationaly is also considering holding a roadshow of similar events across the country.


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  • June 30, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Good luck to the NUJ.
    I work for Archant London who have stripped staffing levels so close to the bone that leaving the office to go on a job is seen as a ‘treat’.

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  • June 30, 2011 at 9:51 am

    About time that someone did something about the mess that local papers are in. I’ve been following the Enfield dispute with interest and am very pleased that the NUJ has chosen that part of north London to launch this national campaign. As an avid reader of the local press I would love to get more involved in the direction these newspapers take. Don’t forget about us – journos and rich newspaper owners!

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