Monthly Archives: April 2007

Report of the NUJ Student Conference

Student conference picThe one-day student conference at the centenary ADM in Birmingham was attended by eleven participants from Edinburgh, Falmouth, Cork, Essex, Nottingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Swansea and Gloucester.

Following agenda topics were discussed: how to set up and what to expect from a student chapel, exploitation during work experience and an NUJ/NUS arbitration agreement in cases of student media disputes.

In the discussions, students expressed their wishes for more training regarding student media and addressed the main problem of finding a properly paid job in the media after finishing their degrees.

General Secretary Jeremy Dear and the outgoing president Chris Morley also chatted with us students, whilst Linda King explained the NUJ training opportunities and courses.
Catherine Holmes structured the student conference, whilst Chris Wheal acted as back-up.

The students were also invited to stay for the duration of the Annual Delegate Meeting and to publish their musings, pictures, audio and video recordings in a blog.
Paul Bradshaw, Senior Lecturer in Online Journalism and Magazines at the UCE (University of Central England) Birmingham, organised this year’s live web reporting:
“I enjoyed the experience thoroughly, although it was exhausting! And I’m definitely inspired to recruit some more students from UCE.”

The student conference was also positively evaluated by the participants. Lucy MacLauchlan, fresher at the University College Falmouth, says:
“The Student Conferences was an amazing experience and I would definitely like to be more involved with the NUJ. It was also really interesting to meet other students and hear about their involvements with Journalism through their Universities.”

The event included a surprisingly large international input, with two Irish student delegates, and other participants originating from Hungary, Pakistan, Germany and France.
Ifran Raja, who is in progress to set up the first student chapel in Leeds, states:
“Well, I believe the NUJ student conference was a wonderful idea, especially for foreign students as they have more chances to see the British media closely, meet senior people in the media and they can create a perspective about the union as well. We don’t have such union activities in Pakistan for students nor in many other Asian countries such as Bangladesh, Thailand, India, Japan or China.”

Colin Brown, who studies film and broadcasting at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, says:
“ I really enjoyed being a student representative at the Conference and seeing the good work that the NUJ does. I never realised that the Union is involved in so many areas of important activity. We are very lucky to be part of such a progressive, caring and interesting Union”.

Blogging the NUJ ADM

NUJ bookbranch bannerPaul Bradshaw organised a blog run by students to report live from the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Annual Delegate Meeting (ADM) in Birmingham.

This year I took a lot of pictures for the 100 years of NUJ Flickr site. I also recorded some audio, but unfortunately my minidisc recorder was stolen back in Edinburgh, from Infoseed at The Forest Cafe, before I had a chance to edit it.

For me, it was luckily enough possible to write a lot for the blog because of having the old laptop with me but unfortunately the wireless connection did not work.
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Reports by me about the NUJ conference are:

St. Andrews

ruins of castle ruins of the cathedralMe and my friend went over to St.Andrews last weekend as the sun was shining for a day out.

It is still quite fresh, so got a cold. On the way back I spontaneously got a furry kiwi-tree. It is doing quite well though am not sure how to treat it correctly. A pity we don’t have that good of garden centres in Edinburgh, guess Dobbies is the nearest, but B&Q and Homebase are not that good, really. They don’t have specialist equipment such as roottrainers and rooting hormone and not even ceramic pots in every size. I went a bit overboard with plants lately I guess, the whole kitchen and the windowsill is all full of seedlings. Am trying out a lot of seeds haven’t tried before: lavendar, pepper, melons, and the houseplant coleus as well as fun plants such as receycling dates and citrus pips.