Vice President of the NUJ – what I want to do.

I was elected unopposed as Vice President of the NUJ last week, so I didn’t need to print out my leaflet for the ADM. However, I think it’s worth getting out there, so here are the reasons I wanted to be elected.

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Rich Simcox for editor of the Journalist

Vote Rich!

No, that doesn’t mean support the Tories (“we are all in this together” my arse).

Ballot papers went out today to NUJ members asking them to chose the next editor of the Journalist. This very important post is responsible for the print magazine, but will increasingly be doing things online.

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The UK media in crisis (Corporatism in crisis)

Beyond the banks and the retailers, there are two very live and interconnected issues in the UK at the moment where people are clashing with the damaging effects of corporatism.

The first is in the media. Corporatism came late to the media in the UK, the media was a tool of corporations, so, for a long time, it was fairly protected. At least until the ’80s, most UK newspapers generally had a proprietor, broadcasting was divided between the public-funded sector (the BBC) and an atomised private sector (independent television used to be owned regionally and feed into a central broadcasting channel – ITV).

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