The NUJ’s head of publishing, Barry Fitzpatrick, has been elected as the union’s new deputy general secretary.
The announcement was made at a meeting of the union’s national executive council. The NUJ’s general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said Fitzpatrick was ‘widely known and respected across the media industries’and described him as a ‘determined champion of journalists and journalism”.
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‘His previous career as a leading print union official and activist means he has plenty of experience and the ability to work with all our colleagues in the media in defence of jobs, conditions and ethical standards,’she added.
Fitzpatrick said: ‘I am immensely proud to have been elected as Deputy General Secretary of the NUJ with a vote of confidence from our membership.
‘Journalists today face enormous challenges in defending both their jobs and professional standards in the public interest.
‘I look forward to meeting these challenges and working hard with Michelle, all of our officers and staff and most importantly our chapel officials and lay activists without whom there would be no NUJ.”