Both Bernie Corbett, a former treas-urer and organiser for the NUJ, and national executive council freelances’ representative Kevin Cooper have confirmed that they are to stand in the September election for a new general secretary of the NUJ.
- November 1, 2017
- October 13, 2017
- September 13, 2017
Corbett is now general secretary of the Writers’ Guild but was until recently NUJ organiser for freelances and had previously been organiser for national and provincial newspapers in the south.
He went on staff at NUJ head-
quarters in 1996 after taking the voluntary role of general treasurer for five years.
Corbett worked for the Birmingham Post, the Brighton Evening Argus, The Guardian and The Independent, mostly in senior sub-editing roles.
Cooper, a freelance photographer based in Northern Ireland, said that, after his industrial and professional dealings on behalf of members, he had been approached by a large number of NUJ activists to stand in the election.
He has had a high profile in defending journalists in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and the peace initiative, including Ed Moloney, northern editor of the Sunday Tribune, who faced jail for refusing to reveal sources.
By Jean Morgan