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Black Lives Matter – how can we challenge racism in the media and our workplaces?

21st September 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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NUJ London Magazines Branch:

Monday 21 September 18:30-20:00


Members can join the meeting via the event link on our Facebook page: https://fb.me/e/1x0xtp0Oh

The shocking murder of George Floyd and rise of the Black Lives Matter movement has placed the issue of
structural racism front and centre of political debate.

In the UK, it has sparked discussion of Britain’s colonial past, the slave trade and how this history
has created today’s systemic racism and promoted racist attitudes in our society.

Racism in the media is part of reinforcing these structures and ideas. Black journalists have
described the challenges they face, and how poorly represented Black voices are in the media.

As Trade Union members we stand in solidarity with BLM and all campaigns to help
end racism in the media and wider society.


How can we organise in the NUJ to help combat racism in the media and in our workplaces?

Marc Wadsworth, chair of the NUJ’s Black Members Council, will lead off the discussion.
Marc is a journalist, broadcaster and author as well as an anti-racist activist.
His new Black history book, Comrade Sak, Shapurji Saklatvala MP, a political biography, is out this month.

Some useful links:

NUJ Black Members Council – information and statement on BLM
TBIJ – It’s time for change in our newsrooms: here’s how
David Olusaga speech – Racism in TV has led to lost generation of black talent

Meeting Agenda

  1. Guest speaker and discussion
  2. Workplace reports / members’ clinic
  3. Branch motion – donation to Bullivant strike fund (see Motion)
  4. New members’ adoption
  5. AOB


Please come and join in the discussion as well as for advice and support with any workplace issues.

All the best
NUJ London Magazine Branch Committee


Branch motion

This branch notes the excellent, principled industrial action being taken by colleagues at
Bullivant Media NUJ Chapel, who are in dispute with their employer over unpaid work,
redundancies and imposition of new ways of working. These are NUJ members
taking action to save local jobs and quality journalism.

This branch resolves to make an initial donation of £500 to the Chapel’s strike fund.


For any queries please contact Branch Chair Caroline Price on price.carrie@gmail.com
or Branch Secretary Cristina Lago – cristina.lago@gmail.com


Join our Facebook page:


Visit the newly revamped branch website: https://www.nujlmb.org.uk/



21st September 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm