Can the media be cooperative?
NUJ conference with Paul Mason and others
THE NUJ is holding a conference on cooperative models at Goldsmiths, University of London on 21 May. Speakers include Paul Mason (Newsnight economics editor), Ed Mayo (Co-ops UK chief executive), Aidan White (International Federation of Journalists), Granville Williams (Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom) and solicitors who've been working with co-ops in other sectors. Registration is free. The conference will debate ideas around workers' cooperative, mutual and trust models and other alternative models for journalistic initiatives, and consider possible outcomes.
Building on the success of LFB's successful New Ways to Make Journalism Pay conference, workers' cooperatives umbrella organisation Co-ops UK has expressed an interest in providing support form journalistic initiaves.
To give some practical examples, the West Highland Free Press has become an employee-owned co-op in recent years, and NUJ members have started a South Wales News Coop in Port Talbot. While not yet formally a cooperative, Camden New Journal is run according to cooperative ideals, and its founding editor Eric Gordon said at the New Ways conference that CNJ was working towards formally registering as a co-op. (See here for a report on an LFB meeting last year looking at possible "mutual" models for journalistic enterprises.)
The conference is on Saturday 21 May, 10:30-4:30pm at the New Academic Building, Goldsmiths, Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE12 6NW (nearest London Overground: New Cross / New Cross Gate).
For details, email LFB secretary Tom Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.