Anti Social Media

Advances in technology bring as many advantages as they do disadvantages, and Saturday afternoon at the conferences show both sides of this. I’ve opted to dip out of this session and rest after two days of serious debate and serious socialising, but my colleagues from BBC London provide a good summary of events. Firstly, the…

Handbags, Peanuts and Quavers

Despite the subdued nature of some delegates this morning – presumably reflecting my own hangover – there’s been plenty of shouting. The Finance paper is normally pretty fiery, but even moreso this year because of the Union’s financial crisis. Even before we get down to debating the controversial subs increase, a long line forms of…

A Radio Station, a Piper and a hangover

Conferences cam be relentless affairs. Sitting in a hall for the best part of seven hours, attempting to interpret arguments and counter arguments can all be very confusing and draining. Which is why socialising is an equally important part of post conference business. On Friday night I met up with Simon, a former student member…

Member of Honour

To many outsiders, the idea of slapping a colleague on the back at a works do means nothing. But this isn’t just any other slap on the back. Each year the NUJ bestows its highest accolade – the Member of Honour – on a senior member. And this year it’s the turn of John Barsby…