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
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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