Surprisingly engaging ADM

Many of London Freelance Branch's motions were passed in a more or less recognisable form by the NUJ's Annual Delegate meeting (ADM, or conference) in Belfast in April. Other proposals, aimed at cutting the union's costs, but with implications for union democracy, were seen off or were dropped by those that had proposed them. There were unusually lively debates and controversies along the way. These included whether April's experiment making the Journalist online-only should be repeated, overturning last year's motion about an Israel boycott, guidelines on photographing children, the implications of the Drogheda Advertiser agreement's clause on the "use of cameras by reporters", "virtual meetings" for scattered freelances on the Continent, plans to make ADMs less dreadful, and a rather cheeky proposal for Ireland to rejoin the Commonwealth. There's more, and a report of the freelance sector bash, online.

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