Watts happening

The happening is that Mark Watts is at it again, uncovering “scandals” about reds under the beds in the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) election for a new editor of the Journalist magazine.

The details (links open new windows)

All NUJ officials are full members of the NUJ and are as entitled to vote for, endorse or campaign for, any candidate in any election just as much as every other member of the NUJ.

Many candidates have NUJ officials backing them

Rich Simcox lists on his website (opens new window) Miles Barter, Chris Morley, Fiona Swarbrick, Jenny Lennox, Lawrence Shaw and Sue Harris.

Steve Usher’s original email to members listed Barry Fitzpatrick and Lena Calvert as supporters. Usher also has former deputy general secretary John Fray backing him.

Former general secretary John Foster, on the other hand, came out in support of Tim Arnold.

Frank Morgan is supported by Angie Austin and, although not a full-time official, Morgan has the backing of current NUJ president James Doherty.

What’s Watts whittering on about?

All these are perfectly legitimate and above board. What is Watts on about? How much investigative journalism does it take to get the inside track, rather than go down a blind alley?

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