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Guardian & Observer chapel branch of the
National Union of Journalists

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In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed:
they must be fit for it; they must not do too much of it; and they must have a sense of success in it.

John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (1819-1900)


Job losses – a threat to local democracy

Please ask your MP to sign this Early Day Motion, which is being put by Bishop Auckland MP Helen Goodman and is supported by the NUJ:

That this House is concerned by the announcement that Johnston Press, which publishes titles including the Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Evening Post, Lancashire Evening Post, The Scotsman and Derry Journal, is to cull almost 100 editorial posts; notes that this announcement comes just days after Newsquest announced that up to 25 journalist posts are to be axed across its Scottish titles; further notes that year-on-year cuts in jobs and closure of newspaper titles have resulted in the loss of 5,000 editorial roles in local and regional press, and the closure of more than 150 newspapers since March 2011; believes that local and regional news coverage is an essential feature of civic life and a healthy democracy; and therefore calls for active government intervention to prevent the destruction of these vital community assets and to establish a short, sharp inquiry to produce a coherent strategy for defending local journalism.


The Guardian and Observer NUJ chapel congratulates Kath Viner on her appointment as editor-in-chief.

We have a unique process for the appointment of our editor-in-chief. The indicative ballot of editorial staff, in which 839 Guardian and Observer journalists voted, and the hustings which preceded it, is now firmly cemented at the heart of that process.

The open and transparent system that the chapel has developed over the past two decades gives our incoming editor an unparalleled position in the media and we look forward to working with her.


Casuals and zero hours contracts

It has been again suggested publicly that casuals who work for the Guardian and Observer do so on zero-hours contracts. Read the NUJ chapel's statement on this.


Defending press freedom
– publish and be proud

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger is due to appear before the House of Commons home affairs select committee tomorrow to answer questions about our publication of the NSA and GCHQ surveillance revelations leaked by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Guardian and Observer NUJ chapel, representing the overwhelming majority of journalists at both titles, strongly supports the editor's decision to publish this information of vital public interest and his defence of the freedom of the press to hold government and corporate interests to account.

The chapel emphatically rejects the attacks on the Guardian over the Snowden leaks and welcomes the support offered from all over the world for the Guardian's role in bringing this information into the public domain.

We believe publication of the NSA/GCHQ stories is exactly what independent media organisations should be doing. The editor's stand has the full backing and confidence of Guardian News and Media journalists.

The Guardian and Observer NUJ chapel, 2 December 2013.


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London Capital Credit Union

Following another set of fruitful talks between the NUJ chapel and the company it will now be possible for staff to join the local credit union - a savings and loans co-operative.