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2014 AGM motions

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Motion 1 – Emergency motion

Proposed by the the President

As you will know, we sadly lost our President, Charlie Harris, earlier in the year. As a result of his death our Vice-President, Paul Leighton, stepped up to the role of President a year earlier than was expected. This has caused a difficulty with forthcoming elections for Council and Vice-President.

Although elections for both would, under normal circumstances, take place at the end of this year (2014), the Vice-President would have to take up office in one-year’s time, necessitating an election for a new VP at the end of next year (2015), too. This would then mean the elections would be out of sync and, therefore, financially inefficient.

One way to resolve this issue, and the one adopted by Council, is for the current Council to remain in office for a further year (until the end of 2015) and then conduct elections for VP and Council at the same time. We would still potentially need an election for VP at the end of this year, but it would mean that from 2016 onwards the VP and Council elections would happen at the same time.

To do this, however, the proposal would have to be put before the members at the AGM, and the members would have to formally adopt the proposal. The final wording of the motion will be available in the next couple of weeks but if you have any observations or queries about what is being proposed you may contact the General Secretary on 020 7252 1187 or memberservices@cioj.co.uk.

Proposed motion:

Because of extenuating circumstances, Council proposes that its tenure for 2013-14 be extended for a further 12 months, to be terminated at the end of 2015.  After which period the situation would revert to standing order 16.

Motion 2 – Institute Communications

Proposed by Ken Brookes 

Add new Standing Order 39 and renumber appropriately existing Standing Order 39 and all subsequent Standing Orders.

Communications

39.1 As from 1st January 2015, the primary method of communication between Head Office and members shall be email or other electronic means agreed between Council, individual members and the General Secretary.

39.2 It shall be the responsibility of each member to provide a suitable email or approved other electronic address to which official communications may be sent, and to notify Head Office as and when any changes occur in this address.

39.3 Exceptionally, members may opt to receive communications by regular postal mail, instead of or in addition to electronic communication. The Institute shall endeavour to ensure safe and prompt delivery of communications but shall not be responsible for any delay or failure to deliver.

Motion 3 – Title change

Proposed by Ken Brookes

With immediate effect the operating title of the General Secretary is changed to Chief Executive.

Motion 4 – Ethics and Journalism

Proposed by Liz Justice

Trespass, theft and hacking aside, should all journalists be asked to sign up to codes of ethical conduct and not just held to the letter of the law?  If so, what should they be?

The Institute considers that all journalists should be held to an ethical code and asks Council to form the basis of a code that may be attached to the Institute’s code of conduct.

Motion 5 – Freelance safety

Proposed by Rosaline Burnham

Recently an NBC freelancer has tested positive for the Ebola virus.  He is 33 years old and has been in Liberia for three years.  The day before he contracted the virus he was hired as a second cameraman for the network’s medical correspondent.  During the Gulf War NBC’s safety record was abysmal. CBS issued staff with anti-chemical weapon suits, NBC’s response was inadequate.

I move that we address the safety of journalists in conflict zones, particularly how to protect commissioned freelancers who have no institutional support from media organisations. What happens to the family in the event of kidnapping or death?

Motion 6 – RIPA misuse

Proposed by Mark Croucher

The Institute notes with concern the actions of the Metropolitan Police and their use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to circumvent the legal protections afforded to whistleblowers and journalistic sources, and considers this the latest in a string of assaults upon civil liberties in the guise of anti-terrorism. Most recently this has involved the accessing of a senior political journalist’s telephone records in order to identify the source of his information in a case the reporting of which had serious political repercussions for the Government. Of equal concern are the number of police forces which, since these actions came to light, have refused to supply under Freedom of Information legislation details regarding whether they have used the same methods in similar circumstances and/or details of how many times they may have done so.

As a consequence, the Institute resolves:

1/. To commit itself fully to the ‘Save our Sources’ campaign which aims to halt this and similar circumventions of the law by those who are charged with upholding it, and urges all concerned with the preservation of a free press to also lend their support.

2/. To urge the Information Commissioner to overrule police forces who are attempting to conceal their misuse of anti-terror legislation to pursue journalistic sources and force them to release details

3/. To condemn the actions of the Metropolitan Police specifically for circumventing the requirements for obtaining a Production Order under the terms of the Police & Criminal Evidence Act and evading the requisite judicial oversight.

4/. To write to chief constables and Police and Crime Commissioners and remind them that their primary duty is to uphold the law, not to bend it to suit short term political purposes in the pursuit of political crimes which have caused embarrassment to police forces and their political masters.

5/. To demand of HM Government that they take swift, appropriate action to uphold the principles of law and demonstrate their commitment to the freedom of the press by enforcing that which is required under British statute law and under the terms of international treaties to which the United Kingdom is a signatory. “

2014 CIoJ AGM – emergency motion

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Emergency motion

As you will know, we sadly lost our President, Charlie Harris, earlier in the year. As a result of his death our Vice-President, Paul Leighton, stepped up to the role of President a year earlier than was expected. This has caused a difficulty with forthcoming elections for Council and Vice-President.

Although elections for both would, under normal circumstances, take place at the end of this year (2014), the Vice-President would have to take up office in one-year’s time, necessitating an election for a new VP at the end of next year (2015), too. This would then mean the elections would be out of sync and, therefore, financially inefficient.

One way to resolve this issue, and the one adopted by Council, is for the current Council to remain in office for a further year (until the end of 2015) and then conduct elections for VP and Council at the same time. We would still potentially need an election for VP at the end of this year, but it would mean that from 2016 onwards the VP and Council elections would happen at the same time.

To do this, however, the proposal would have to be put before the members at the AGM, and the members would have to formally adopt the proposal. The final wording of the motion will be available in the next couple of weeks but if you have any observations or queries about what is being proposed you may contact the General Secretary on 020 7252 1187 or memberservices@cioj.co.uk.

Proposed motion:

Because of extenuating circumstances, Council proposes that its tenure for 2013-14 be extended for a further 12 months, to be terminated at the end of 2015.  After which period the situation would revert to standing order 16.

2014 CIoJ AGM

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2014 CIoJ AGM – October 25

The Institute’s AGM will be held on October 25 at the Civil Service Club in Whitehall.

This is the members’ chance to meet the President and Council of the Institute, to hear about the activities and achievements of the Council’s sub-committees, the Professional Practices Board and the various CIoJ charity committees, and to help shape the policies and programme of the CIoJ and the IoJ (TU) for the year ahead.

There will also be a dinner after the meeting, which all members are welcome to attend. The cost will be £25.

We very much hope you will be able to come along next month and we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

Please register your attendance by contacting Diane at memberservices@cioj.co.uk or call 020 7252 1187.

We look forward to seeing you on October 25!

 

FREELANCE DIVISION – Agenda for AGM

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FREELANCE DIVISION

Agenda for AGM

To be held on Tuesday 22ndJuly, 2014, at 11.30am

At CIoJ Headquarters

 

1. Apologies for Absence

2. Approval of 2013 Minutes

3. Matters Arising

4. Chairman’s Report

5. Treasurer’s Report and Approval of Accounts for 30 December 2013

6. Training – a Dead Duck?

7. ES Fund – Competition for Students, Freelancers, Research Grant for active members, or Freelance Division section on website?

8. Newsletter – rebirth or oblivion?

9. Need of new Committee Members, especially a Secretary

9. Any Other Business.

10. Dates for next Committee Meeting and AGM 2015

11. Lunch at the Mayflower (1-2.30pm) then coffee and cake at HO

12. Talk by Paul Leighton, CIoJ President (3.00pm)

13. Talk by author and new committee member, Michael Evans (3.30pm)

14. Socialising over drinks at HO, and in the Courtyard (weather permitting)

Freelance AGM 2014

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The Freelance AGM will now be held at 11.30am on Tuesday 22nd July at CIoJ HO.

After the AGM, we lunch at The Mayflower, a historic pub close to HO. Then it’s back to HO for two talks. CIoJ President, Paul Leighton, will take questions from the floor, and author/new committee member, Michael Evans, will describe how he made the move from freelance journalism into specialist writing and book publishing.

Do bring your input to our AGM – or talk with us informally afterwards – about matters that concern you as a freelancer. This will help us – your Committee – to plan events over the coming year.

Please note that all who attend the AGM are welcome to join us for lunch if they RSVP our Entertainment Officer, Hannah Valize.

To book a place for the AGM and lunch, and to facilitate post-AGM catering arrangements, please email: <hannah-valize@ntlworld.com> The deadline for booking is 17 July.

The Freelance Committee will cover the cost of lunch and a round of drinks at the Mayflower, about 10 minutes’ walk from both Canada Water station and HO. (Extra drinks at the pub are to be paid for individually.)

After the AGM and lunch, the Institute will provide coffee, cake and wine back at HO so that members can socialise in a relaxed way, and enjoy the talks by Paul and Michael.

2 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 2XU *

Map: http://bit.ly/OfNtoX

*The nearest Railway Station is at Canada Water and can be accessed via the Jubilee Line, the Docklands Light Railway, and the Crossrail Line. Buses 135, 277, D3, D7, and D8 also travel to Canada Water. There is short-term parking at Tesco, behind Dock Offices.

 

Seminar: Health for Journalists

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Health for Journalists

The Freelance Division, CIoJ, will present an Interactive Seminar at HO on 11 July, 2014

Our health and fitness expert, Chris Field, will discuss the social implications of health, and the importance of looking after ourselves, before he opens the floor to questions.

Main Presentation

The seminar will include various aspects of nutrition and practical fitness, from simply walking upstairs to much bigger challenges. However, the emphasis will be on finding a “way of life”that works for you. You are welcome to ask about topics like metabolism and disease; nutrition v. supplements; finding the right routine; the blood sugar cycle, food groups, and the influence of advertising on both children and adults, to name just a few.

Chris Field

 Chris Field 

Father, Personal Trainer, Nutritional Advisor, Corporate Health Consultant.

“As an advisor to Barclays, BMW, pharmaceutical groups and a variety of retail groups, I have built an understanding of the need for relevant fitness training for the professional.”

Chris cut his teeth with military applicants, uniformed services and the “lose weight, tone- up” brigade, as well as appearing on television to help those in need of extreme weight loss. He found that the best results were achieved through taking advantage of natural movements and training for life situations.

He says, “Life is stressful enough without having to worry about missing opportunities because you didn’t keep moving.”

Health for Journalists will run for about five hours, starting at 11am on 11 July. There will be a light, healthy lunch for those who attend and a practical hand-out at the end of the day.

A one-off event, this is open to all members of the media. Cost: £35 for CIoJ members, and £50 for non-Institute members. To ensure your questions are covered, send them in advance to: dianec@cioj.co.uk

Organiser

Vivienne DuBourdieu, Chairman, Freelance Division.

This one-off session, Health for Journalists, is open to all journalists. Cost £35 for CIoJ members, £50 for non-members.

PLEASE BOOK YOUR PLACE BY 4 JULY. RING DIANE COOPER ON: 020 7252 1187

VENUE:  The Chartered Institute of Journalists, 2 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, LONDON, SE16 2XU

By tube:  Canada Water (Jubilee and London Overground lines).

By bus:  188, 1 and 47.

How to get to CIoJ offices:  Dock Offices is about 70 yards from Canada Water Underground Station; a walk of approximately four minutes. As you exit Canada Water tube station, look down the road for a clock tower. The clock tower is part of the Dock Office building. Walk around to the back of the building into the courtyard, via the path at the side of the building, and Number 2 can be found in the corner.

 

Presidential handover – 3 April 2014

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Come along and welcome the new president as he takes up his new role with the Institute.

All members are invited to attend this free event but you will need to book your place so that we may reserve a place.

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Our guest speaker will be Simon Richards, Chief Executive of The Freedom Association. For those not familiar with the Freedom Association, it is best described as ” a non partisan, libertarian pressure group dedicated to fighting for individual liberty and freedom of expression” and it’s views on press regulation closely match our own.

The event will take place at the Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, London SE1 – close to Waterloo station – from 6.30 – 9.00pm. Guests are welcome.

Drinks and light refreshments will be available.

Contact Diane – dianec@cioj.co.uk – to put your name down for the event.

 

2013 AGM Evening Dinner

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On the evening of the AGM members will be having dinner at the club. If you wish to join us you will be more than welcome. The cost will be £25 which will be payable in advance. Please let Diane know if you wish to attend – memberservices@cioj.co.uk .

The menu for the meal will be:

Starter: – Melon and exotic fruit cocktail

Main: – Roast lamb shank with tomato and rosemary jus

Dessert: – triple chocolate mousse

Tea/coffee and mints

NOTE: If you have any special dietary requirements please inform us when you book.  Also, you must book by October 8, because the venue needs final figures a week ahead of the event.

 

Motion by Freelance Division – AGM 2013

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Add to Standing Order 7

7.4 Subject to a minimum payment to be decided by Council from time to time, no Member shall be required to pay, by way of annual subscription, more than one per cent of net (after-tax) income. Members claiming this concession shall on request provide acceptable evidence of net income for their previous tax year.

 

PPB Motion on Guarantee of Media Freedom – 2013 AGM

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The Institute believes the government and Parliament should press ahead ‘without delay’ for legislation to assert a constitutional freedom of the media as a stand alone Act of Parliament. Journalism is facing an unprecedented attack on its rights and freedoms and needs greater protection and independence in order to maintain its role as a watchdog and guardian of democracy.

Whilst the Institute is critical of many recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry, we would support the proposal for a legislative declaration of media freedom that is equivalent to the provision asserting the independence of the judiciary:

GUARANTEE OF MEDIA FREEDOM

(1) The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and other Ministers of the Crown and all with responsibility for matters relating to the media must uphold the freedom of the press and its independence from the executive.

(2) The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport must have regard to:

(a) the importance of the freedom and integrity of the media;

(b) the right of the media and the public to receive and impart information without interference by public authorities;

(c) the need to defend the independence of the media.

(3) Interference with the activities of the media shall be lawful only insofar as it is for a legitimate purpose and is necessary in a democratic society, having full regard to the importance of media freedom in a democracy;” (Page 1780 of Volume 4 of the Leveson Inquiry Report 2012)