The National Committee of the Football Writers’ Association is acutely aware that in this unparalleled climate of uncertainty, so many of our members will be facing an incredibly testing time.
Freelance journalists, whose work and opportunities have dried up immediately with the suspension of all professional football until April, make up a large percentage of our membership and these are obviously worrying times for them.
With that having been brought into sharp focus in the past 24 hours, the FWA has contacted several MPs who have pledged to highlight the plight of the self-employed, including freelance journalists, and who have serious concerns about the measures taken to protect both rights and incomes.
Our chair, Carrie Brown, has already made representations on behalf of those members potentially affected and Carrie will continue to follow-up to add the FWA’s voice to what is becoming an insistence the Government put in protective measures.
We have also set up a working group under the leadership of National Committee member, Philippe Auclair. The intention is to formally constitute a group of freelance writers and broadcasters in order to provide a focal point for affected journalists to turn to in these unique circumstances.
Philippe would like to gain the views and input of as many journalist as possible, both members and non-members and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact the FWA directly via Executive Secretary, Paul McCarthy (email@example.com).
It is impossible to predict what will happen next in football and our industry but we pledge to offer support and advice wherever possible so please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Football Writers’ Association