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NUJ Active 10 January 2014

Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 10 January

The NUJ website has an events calendar which gives details of events, conferences, branch meetings and training courses. Click on the event titles below for more information.

DM Eastbourne 11-13 April: close of amendments and confirmation of motions and DM nominations is 13:00 on Monday 10 February. The preliminary agenda is available on the website.

TUC young workers' conference: if you would like to be nominated to represent the NUJ at this conference and are aged under 27 on 22 March, please contact It takes place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March at Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. Read about last year's conference

Investigating state secrecy: the Justice and Security Act: the NUJ has organised a training event on Wednesday 15 January, 18.00-20.00 with the Open Justice Project, a network of lawyers, NGOs and academics opposed to the introduction of closed courts.The event is free for NUJ members and £10 for non-members. Speakers include David Rose, Mail on Sunday reporter, Eric Metcalfe, barrister and former director of human rights policy at JUSTICE, and Isabella Sankey, Liberty's policy director. RSVP

Claim against ProQuest: back copies of the NME and other IPC titles are available on a website called ProQuest, for a fee. Much of the content is owned by freelances, but no one has asked their permission.The NUJ is preparing a claim on behalf of its members. Any member who has not already done so should contact the freelance office on

The Sound Matters: the BBC Academy is presenting a series of free events to raise awareness of loudness and audibility issues in TV sound among BBC staff, indies, freelancers and external suppliers. Each event will feature masterclasses from experienced audio professionals. The events will be held in: London, Monday 20 January; Salford, Wednesday 29 January; Glasgow, Wednesday 5 February; Bristol, Tuesday 4 March; Cardiff, Thursday 20 March and Belfast, Thursday 27 March.

Ethics council research project: The NUJ ethics council wants to know what incentives, such as freebies or gifts, or threats, such as being denied access to information or events, have been used to try to influence the way a story is reported. Please complete this confidential online questionnaire.

Twitter threats: Lauren Percy , a journalism student NUJ member, would like to know if cyber threats have an effect on the way female journalists contribute to Twitter. If you would like to be interviewed for this project, contact

Exploring the changing nature of journalists' work: researchers at Cardiff university would like to interview journalists about their work. Contact Holly Higgins at

Professional and trade union training

NUJ training: see the full range of professional and trade union training courses on offer from the NUJ, TUC, General Federation of Trade Unions and Federation of Entertainment Unions. See dates for courses for reps from stages 1 to 3.

Tools for goal-setting: free FEU workshop, Wednesday 19 January, London. This course will help keep you motivated to get what you want from your career.

Courses in Wales, including more details on mentoring and coaching (ILM Certificate) Wednesday 15 and Monday 27 January plus a WordPress website workshop (free to NUJ members) Wednesday 22 January.

Training in Scotland: news about courses in Scotland.

Training for reps in Manchester: sessions will be held in the regional office, 111 Piccadilly M1 2HX. Stage 1 basic reps courses will run from 31 January to 1 February, starting at 18.00 on Friday and from 10.00 to 16.00 on Saturday. Travel and accommodation can be arranged on request. Register at

Sign the petition, join the action

Lobbying Bill : sign the petition to persuade peers to back vital amendments to the bill, which remains an unacceptable threat to democracy and freedom of speech.

Who's watching your data?: sign the petiton to keep union membership lists confidential. Stop the lobbying bill data grab.

Anabel Hernández: ask your MP to support early day motion (EDM) 909 which salutes the bravery of the Mexican journalist and calls on the Mexican authorities to ensure the safety of investigative journalists.

In defence of public interest and the prosecution of journalists: ask your MP to sign EDM 795 asking the director of public prosecutions to ensure that journalists are able to pursue stories in the public interest without fear of prosecution.

Justice for journalists in Turkey: sign the petition supporting an urgent appeal against the life sentences given to Turkish journalists.

Freedom_of_Movement_for_Palestinian_Journalists: Palestinian Journalists have launched a global petition to campaign for an end to attacks and violations of freedom of movement. Please sign the campaign petition and ask your MP to sign EDM 739

NUJ update

Join the NUJ online: potential members can apply to join the union online. Any queries email

All members can apply for a press card via the website.

Rates for the job: please submit day rates, shift and lineage rates and encourage colleagues to do the same.

Update your membership details: log in to the NUJ website and make sure your membership details are up to date.

Bursaries, fellowships and prizes

Orwell journalism prize: entries close on 15 January, the judges are Robin Lustig, Michael Parks and Paul Anderson.

Reuters Institute fellowship programme: the programme enables journalists to conduct research at Oxford University. Applicants must have a minimum of five years' experience. Deadline, noon Friday 31 January.

The Headlinemoney media awards: the nominations for financial services journalism and PR are open and run throughout the month of January. The winners will be revealed at a dinner and presentation ceremony at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in London on Wednesday 7 May.

The Wills writing awards: in memory of journalist and amateur jockey Martin Wills, this competition is for creative writing (fact or fiction) with a horseracing theme by people aged under 25, resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. There are cash prizes for winners, plus lunch with Jilly Cooper. Deadline, Friday 28 February.

Paul Robinson bursary: sponsored by the NUJ and BBC Northern Ireland, this £1,000 bursary is open to journalism students. Deadline, end of March.