Fairfax And Freelancers

Fairfax And FreelancersThe petition launched by the Alliance in July asking Fairfax to withdraw its latest contributor copyright agreements and start negotiating with its contributors on a fair and equitable basis gathered 370 signatures. Alliance Federal Secretary Chris Warren has written to Fairfax to explain that the contracts deprive Fairfax contributors from their means of income as freelancers at a time where Fairfax word rates remain low. The letter also acknowledges the importance of moral rights to ensure the continuing integrity of journalists' work.

News Ltd EBA Final Draft

News Ltd EBA Final DraftThe final draft of the News Ltd Metropolitan Newspapers Collective Agreement is finished. Local delegates are now checking the document prior to signing by both the Alliance and News Ltd. Once signed, pay offices will increase pay rates by 4% from the next pay, with the back pay processed in the following pay period.

Border Stands Out

Border Stands OutCathy Border, Ten News State Political Editor, has been named the recipient of the 2007 Most Outstanding Contribution to Queensland Journalism Award. The lifetime achievement Award was announced at tonight's Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre presentation dinner for the 2007 Queensland Media Awards. Landline's Sally Sara and Pip Courtney shared the Award for Journalist of the Year for their work ?Black Dog? on depression amongst rural Australians. For more information visit the Queensland Media Awards web site.

South East Australia Regional Media Awards 2007

South East Australia Regional Media Awards 2007Members of Media Section of the Alliance are invited to enter the inaugural South East Australia Regional Media Awards 2007. The awards are open to members who work in rural and regional newsrooms south of the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales through to and including Victoria, and east of the Northern Territory and South Australian borders. The Awards are in twelve categories and recognise and encourage excellence in the profession.  The entry requirements and categories can be downloaded here.

Sydney Fairfax Freelance Meeting 9/8/2007

Sydney Fairfax Freelance MeetingSydney-based freelance contributors to Fairfax are invited to join a meeting at the Alliance offices, 245 Chalmers Street, Redfern on Thursday 9th August at 12.30pm. The meeting will address the main concerns over the Fairfax copyright contract for contributors, the new Media Alliance freelance copyright model contract and future Alliance strategies for tackling unfair copyright contracts. You can RSVP for the meeting by following the read more link. Don't for get to sign our petition asking Fairfax to withdraw its latest editorial and photographic contributor copyright agreement located here.


Alliance Condemns Leak Threats

ImageThe Alliance has condemned the AFP's attempts to identify the source of a leaked police interview with accused terrorist supporter Dr. Mohamed Haneef and the Government's threats of legal action. ?This Government is obsessed with the source of leaks rather than focusing attention on the content of the leaks, and fixated with controlling information rather than addressing issues of national importance,? Alliance Federal Secretary Christopher Warren said. Haneef's barrister has admitted to releasing the documents but denies any wrong doing. Read full press release.