NUJ Meeting Set for Herald Group Freelancers

Freelance contributors to The Herald group of newspapers are being offered the chance to tap into the expertise of an intellectual property lawyer, before agreeing to new terms and conditions – including copyright – being offered to them by the group.
The event, at a venue to be confirmed in Glasgow, is being organised for Wednesday evening by the National Union of Journalists.
It follows new terms and conditions being offered by the group – comprising The Herald, the Sunday Herald and Evening Times – to freelancers, with agreement a prerequisite for future commissions. Among the minimum fees being offered are £30 for a sports match report and £115 for a reporting or sub-editing shift.

Also attending will be NUJ officials, with advice on how to best react to what is being offered. The contract – reported here by allmediascotland – initially prompted the NUJ to issue a suggested letter of response (here).
For more information, email Alice McCarney, here.
Update: The NUJ has lined up lawyer, Campbell Deane, to attend.
Comment: Perhaps £115 per shift is not so low – argues Craig McGill in his blog, who says it could be a lot worse. Read it here.

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