Two job adverts: Sub-Editor and Photographer

This week we are advertising two jobs (see attachments) after the chief sub-editor and a photographer position became available.

The positions are for a fixed-term contract until the end of 2011. Anyone interested must send a CV and covering letter to our editor Gary O’Keeffe: by August 31.

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Job advert: Part-time trainee reporter position

As part of the agreement we’ve been granted a part-time reporter position, this advert was published in our papers last week:

Anyone interested in applying needs to send a CV and covering letter to our editor Gary O’Keeffe.

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Reports from NUJ launch

Monday night saw the NUJ launch their national campaign to save local newspapers in Enfield.

New general secretary of the union Michelle Stanistreet addressed a gathering of residents from Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and parts of south Hertfordshire about the problems within the industry which has led to a reduction in local journalists and regional coverage.

Leader of Enfield Council Doug Taylor and Barnet Unison branch secretary John Burgess addressed the need for local newspapers to hold the authorities to account.

Chief photographer Anne-Marie Sanderson reminded those gathered about the difference local newspapers make to individual lives.

Thais Portilho-Shrimpton from Newsquest’s south London papers spoke about their recent dispute over redundancies to the group’s sports and leisure reporters.

Eric Gordon, editor of the Camden New Journal spoke about alternative models of ownership and Barry Fitzpatrick, head of publishing for the NUJ also spoke about how newspapers change hands and the need for investment if regionals are to provide in-depth quality news coverage.

Here is the NUJ’s write up from the night:

Here are a selection of images:

And here is a YouTube video of NUJ local campaign launch.

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Reminder: National campaign to protect local journalism launches on Monday

Here is a leaflet from the NUJ about the campaign launch on Monday:

We hope you can come and join us.

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Enfield nine strike a deal with Tindle

THE Enfield Nine have called off their second strike following concessions from management.

Following a successful day of negotiations Tindle has agreed to reverse its policy of non-replacement agreeing to a six month moratorium on present staffing levels – guaranteeing that if anyone in editorial leaves over this period they will be replaced. They have also agreed an extra reporter to work for half the week to help out with the current workload. The situation after six months will then be reviewed.

It has also withdrawn redundancy consultation notices issued to staff on the eve of their first walk out.

Jonathan Lovett FOC at North London & Herts Newspapers said: “It has been a long, hard struggle but we are satisfied with the result and now look forward to working together with Tindle to ensure our papers are returned to the quality publications which our readers deserve. We have many ideas for the future of our papers and we look forward to sharing them with the Tindle management across the table.”

Enfield hosts the launch of a national, National Union of Journalists campaign on Monday, July 4 to save local newspapers. It starts at 6.30pm at The Dugdale Centre in Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS. There will be a range of speakers followed by a Q&A session with The Enfield Nine. All are welcome.

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Enfield Nine launch a campaign with NUJ to save quality local newspapers

A ONE hundred per cent ‘Yes’ vote in favour of strike action was the result of the second ballot at North London & Herts Newspapers, owned by Sir Ray Tindle.

The rock-solid declaration – which included the editor joining the ballot for the first time – was the result of management’s refusal to meet or even discuss the desperate situation at the Enfield-based papers, where two thirds of the newsdesk have left without being replaced.

Even before their two-week strike two months ago there were just THREE reporters churning out nine newspapers. Since then, one of the three has handed in her notice, meaning they are now faced with the impossible situation of TWO reporters writing nine papers with no word on her replacement. Not only that but since the action, management has cut freelance cover for photographic, production and editorial.

Jonathan Lovett, Father of the Chapel, said: “The latest cuts and suicidal policy of non-replacement is final proof that Tindle couldn’t give a damn about quality papers. The man who claims he is the saviour of local newspapers is, in our experience, the destroyer as he runs once loved, award-winning publications into the ground – an insult to our readers. The battle for the soul of the local press is raging up and down the country and now is the time for chapels, journalists and concerned readers to stand up and be counted before it is too late and fantastic local papers that once made a difference in their communities are consigned to the scrap heap.”

In recognition of their fight the National Union of Journalists has chosen Enfield as the launch pad for a national campaign to save local newspapers. The public forum will take place at 6.30pm on Monday, July 4 at the Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, London Road, Enfield Town, EN2 6DS. A range of speakers including MPs and the new general secretary of the NUJ, Michelle Stanistreet, will be followed by a Q&A session featuring the Enfield Nine. All are welcome.

Notes for editors:

* North London & Herts Newspapers comprises: The Enfield Advertiser, The Edmonton Advertiser & Herald, The Winchmore Hill Advertiser & Herald, The Haringey Advertiser, The Enfield Gazette, The Barnet & Potters Bar Press, The East Barnet Press & Advertiser, The Edgware & Mill Hill Press, The
Hendon & Finchley Press.

* To find out more search:
Facebook for Gazette, Advertiser and Press on Strike
Twitter: @StrikeGazAdPres
Phone: Father of the Chapel, Jonathan Lovett, on 07917 871 421

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Sir Ray receives an invitation

Last week Andy Love MP tabled an EDM about our dispute and the NUJ Parliamentary Group wrote to Sir Ray Tindle.

Here is an extract of the letter inviting him to meet with a delegation of MPs and trade union representatives in order to resolve our dispute “amicably”.

“The Group supports the local philosophy of the Tindle Newspapers group and endorses the words of Brian Doel, the Group Managing Director who is quoted as ‘we’ve kept each title very local with local editors and subs and reporters as much as possible.  They know most about the community they serve’.  However we believe that the situation at the North London and Herts newspaper group is somewhat different to this philosophy.  For example, we are led to believe that local management has taken a decision to dispense with all the freelance photographers who were relied upon to cover evening and weekend jobs; a regular sub-editor who assisted with the subbing of the newspapers and a journalist used for occasional holiday cover have all been dismissed.

As you will know these steps, and the exhausting of the negotiating procedures, left the NUJ with no alternative but to ballot their members at the group for industrial action.  Consequently NUJ members at the Group took industrial action for two weeks between April 18 and April 29 2011.  We are informed that the NUJ is conducting a fresh ballot on industrial action and that the previous strike was well supported by the local community.

In order to resolve this dispute amicably for all parties and to preserve quality local newspapers we would like to invite you to meet with a delegation of MPs and trade union representatives from the NUJ to discuss this case as soon as possible.”

Click her for the full letter: NUJ Parliament Group Letter to Sir Ray Tindle

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