Category: NEWS

New Reach pay offer after strike action

More than 1,000 NUJ members, who work for Reach Plc, publishers of the Mirror, Express and dozens of regional newspapers and websites across the UK and Ireland, are currently being a balloted on a new pay offer.   This follows the rejection of the company’s 3% pay offer and the resulting one-day national strike. Members walked…

By Tony Sheldon 13/09/2022 Off

Freelancer Support Scheme

Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) fund has just opened the applications for the Freelancer Support Scheme that might be interesting for you or your community. The scheme provides grants of up to €20,000 to cross-border teams made up entirely of freelancers. It will also offer an extra layer of support through training, mentoring and networking…

By Admin 06/09/2022 Off

Freelancers’ home addresses to be kept under wraps

Freelance journalists, who work from home, will no longer be legally obliged to register their private address with the Chambers of Commerce, therefore making it public, according to a letter to parliament from the Minister of Economic Affairs, Micky Adriaansens. Freelancers will still, however, have to register a PO box or another alternative postal address.…

By Tony Sheldon 11/07/2022 Off

Breakthrough on freelancers pay rates

The Dutch journalists trade union (NVJ) are celebrating what it claims is a “breakthrough” for freelance reporters’ and photographers’ pay in a deal reached with the largest publishing house in the Netherlands, DPG Media. If agreed by NVJ members, it marks the end of a three-year campaign, backed by NUJ Netherlands, to establish a reasonable…

By Tony Sheldon 09/06/2022 Off

Journalists under threat

An international fact-finding mission led by the Amsterdam-based Free Press Unlimited has concluded that the increased polarisation of Dutch society, and threats from organised crime, pose a considerable risk to the safety of journalists working in the Netherlands. While overall the Netherlands remains a safe haven of independent media, ranking 6th  in Reporters Without Borders’…

By Tony Sheldon 14/04/2022 0

It is becoming increasingly unsafe for journalists to report in the Netherlands: international fact-finding mission finds

From Free Press Unlimited The Netherlands is internationally known for consistently having one of the highest levels of press freedom worldwide, ranking sixth on the 2021 World Press Freedom Index. However, attacks against journalists are on the rise, the international fact-finding mission on the safety of journalists in the Netherlands concludes. Established in close consultation with…

By Admin 08/04/2022 0

Ukraine Appeal

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has thrust our profession into the frontline, both to bear testimony to events on the ground, and in the information war for the truth. The NUJ Netherlands branch met this week to urge our members to back the NUJ’s appeal to support the safety fund and to remind journalists travelling…

By Admin 21/03/2022 0

Support to our sister organisations in Ukraine

As events surrounding the Russian invasion of Ukraine unfold journalists are doing a magnificent but extremely dangerous job. The NUJ together with its international trade union colleagues at the IFJ and EFJ are supporting our sister organisations in Ukraine and issuing advice on how to stay as safe as possible. See: Ukraine: journalists security and…

By Admin 25/02/2022 0

Help map the state of freelance journalism

Freelance journalists across Europe play a vital role in producing quality journalism that promotes healthy democracies and informed societies. Meanwhile, the community continuously faces increasing professional and personal challenges. Because of this, as part of the Freelance journalism Assembly, the European Journalism Centre foundation (EJC), with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is…

By Admin 22/02/2022 0

Reporting Sinterklaas – advice and updates

With the Sinterklaas festivities approaching here’s a reminder for reporters of the guidance available from your union. Reporting Piet in blackface; guidance from your union Meanwhile, London Freelance branch have covered the issue including a personal account from the Black Members Council Chair Emelia Kenlock Is the blackface zwarte piet ‘tradition‘ in decline?  And DutchNerws.nl have some…

By Admin 02/12/2021 0