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LFB meets students at City University, London

LFB SPOKE to over 300 postgraduate students of journalism at City, University of London in October. As far as anyone can remember this is the first time that City, University of London has invited us to talk about the value of the NUJ. City is seen as having one of the best and the largest departments in the UK for journalism.

LFB speaking to students at City University; Photo: Francesca Marchese

Branch members addressed students at City University on 1 October

The opportunity arose during the previous weekend. We had spoken with the head of the journalism department, Professor Suzanne Franks, who copied in senior lecturers: Richard Evans booked us for Saturday 3 December and Dr Paul Lashmar contacted us in the last days of September.

Paul, who is the deputy head of the department of journalism, told us he wanted to focus his lecture on ethics. So Sarah Kavanagh, who is the staff member assigned to the NUJ Ethics Council, delivered a detailed speech about the NUJ Code of Conduct. He had already collaborated with her in the past in different universities.

After Sarah's speech the recruitment group (LFB Committee's Larry Herman and myself) plus Branch Co-Secretary Phil Sutcliffe introduced London Freelance Branch and replied to students' questions about membership and our branch's activities.

A new version of the NUJ's recruitment leaflet was distributed and the students all looked interested and engaged. The NUJ delivered an effective message ("Join us, it is good for you,") in a 30-minute slot.

Phil Sutcliffe, Paul Lashmar, Larry Herman, Francesca Marchese; Photo: Sarah Kavanagh

The crew at City University on 1 October: L to R Phil Sutcliffe, Paul Lashmar, Larry Herman and Francesca Marchese

Our host was happy with the result, which is encouraging for future meetings. The NUJ already has direct contacts inside City and Goldsmiths, with future meetings planned at both of these and also at the University of Westminster.

So, if any LFB members know lecturers in journalism departments at Brunel, University of East Anglia (UEA), Birkbeck or others, please contact the Freelance. Watch this space for details of other similar events at other higher education institutions.

I really would like to thank Larry Herman and Phil Sutcliffe for sharing their experience at the City event and Senior Campaigns and Communications Officer Sarah Kavanagh and Freelance Organiser Pamela Morton, both of the NUJ, for their support and trust.

  • This article was last modified at the request of the author on 08/11/18