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RIP Quality Journalism 10 September 2006

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Journalism Matters – death by a thousand cuts?

Public meeting, London: 11 October 2006

Top-level journalists and an MP will be speaking to media workers in London about the threat to our democracy being brought about by the savage cuts inflicted on newsrooms in recent months and years.

The meeting of NUJ journalists aims to build a campaign of action as part of the union’s Journalism Matters campaign, launched this year at the Annual Delegates’ Conference.

It is part of a series of regional gatherings being organised. High profile speakers such as Roy Greenslade and former journalist Chris Mullin MP will be on the platform.

In recent months the cuts to jobs and budgets in newsrooms across the media have been particularly savage.

Those cuts mean there are fewer journalists to hold those in authority to account. Less time to go out on jobs and make contacts, and more time spent re-writing press releases or agency copy.

The threat to quality journalism damages democracy – it is not only journalists who should be concerned.

NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said:

“In recent years journalists have become increasingly anxious about the pressure on the quality of their work. At the same time, insecure and difficult working conditions continue to prevail.

“Squeezed editorial budgets, media convergence and increased competition have also had consequences, not least on quality.

“Quality journalism is not only important to journalists but to everyone. Good journalism is a central pillar of democratic societies, providing the information and public debate upon which we depend.”

The details of the meeting are as follows:

Wednesday 11 October

Guardian Newsroom, 60 Farringdon Road
7pm (Drinks and buffet provided from 6.30pm)

Speakers:
Roy Greenslade (journalist/author, professor of journalism, media commentator)
Hugh Muir (Guardian, reporter for London)
Chris Mullin MP (former journalist, author of Error of Judgement)
Jo Bowring (local reporter, Newsquest)

For more information on the Journalism Matters campaign go to journalismmatters.org.uk.

To discuss the campaign or event call Helene Mulholland at helene.mulholland@guardian.co.uk, 07894 857314, or Paula Dear at paula.dear@bbc.co.uk – 07743 539050.

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