MPs call for better salariesfor journalists

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By David Rose

MPs are being urged to back a campaign to persuade newspaper employers to increase the low pay of journalists.

Burton MP Janet Dean and David Kidney, MP for Stafford, have put
down a Commons motion contrasting the £10,000 starting salary of many
graduate trainee journalists with the £20,300 average graduates earn
entering other industries.

The motion calls on the newspaper
industry to work with the NUJ to create a satisfactory pay structure
that recognises academic qualifications, experience and “dedication to
the industry”.

“Some senior journalists earn as little as £20,000
a year, forcing many experienced members of the profession to seek
alternative employment,” Dean and Kidney complained.

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