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NUJ Active 11 July 2014


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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 11 July

The NUJ website has an events calendar which gives details of events, conferences, branch meetings and training courses.

#FreeAJStaff: Wednesday 16 July marks 200 days of the imprisonment of Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. The NUJ is campaigning for their release and the release of all Egyptian journalists who have been attacked and denied the right to press freedom. Join the protest at 13.00 by Tweeting/Facebooking pictures of yourself and colleagues wearing a gag. Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Egypt's president, has acknowledged that the heavy sentences have had a "very negative" impact on his country's reputation, saying he wished they had never been put on trial. We must continue to put pressure on this shameful regime. Tweet and send your pictures to and read about the NUJ's campaign meeting.

Future of the BBC: the meeting on Monday 14 July in Parliament has been cancelled and will be rearranged for autumn, date tbc.

Public lobby outside The Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand in London on Tuesday 22 July,9.30, as the Independent Police Complaints Commission is challenged over an incident on 20 March 2010, when Unite Against Fascism protested against the English Defence League in Bolton's Victoria Square. Find out more on the justice4bolton website.

Immigration in the Media: Coalition for Media Plurality public meeting in London on Wednesday 16 July. Speakers: journalists Jon Danzig and Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi; Guy Taylor, Joint Commission for the Welfare of Immigrants and Des Freedman, chair of the Media Reform Coalition. Book for this free event now.

Defending human rights in Gambia: the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group is holding a panel discussion in support of human rights in the Gambia at the House of Commons on Wednesday 16 July. Speakers: Dr. Amadou Scattred Janneh, Gambian former political prisoner and author; Paul Dillane, Amnesty International;Jim Boumelha, International Federation of Journalists president; Katy Clark MP. More information and RSVP.

#FreeMediaRace: the race is on to collect 1 million signatures to demand a European Commission directive on a free and diverse press. Find out more and sign the petition.

Britain needs a pay rise: TUC demonstration on Saturday 18 October. Make sure it is on your branch's agenda. More information on the TUC website.

The Richard Beeston Bursary: this award is for an aspiring British foreign correspondent to spend six weeks abroad on a fellowship with The Times newspaper. A further award is available for a young Israeli, Lebanese or Palestinian journalist to spend six weeks on secondment to The Times in London. Deadline for applications Monday 29 September. More details.

Images of the Past: an exhibition of photographs by taken by NUJ member photographer Martin Jenkinson, who died in 2012, marking the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike will be on show until the end of the month at the Harland Cafe, 72 John Street, Sharrow, Sheffield S2 4QU.

Professional and trade union training

Still places left on Improving your English broadcasting skills, Tuesday 22 July and Introduction to feature writing Tuesday 29 July and you can sign up for or our Teeline shorthand courses for beginners and intermediate level. The 10-week courses with twice-weekly lessons start in September. The full range of professional and trade union training and free workshops can be found on the NUJ website.To book training please email

Browse the website link NUJ training to see the full range of courses on offer from the NUJ, TUC, General Federation of Trade Unions and Federation of Entertainment Unions. See dates for courses for trade union representatives.

Courses in Wales: NUJ Training Wales offers a programme of subsidised, practical courses in new media and core journalism skills, including how to build a website and how to run a campaign using social media. Wales TUC mental health awareness seminars: for all reps, focused on the topic of mental health in the workplace. North Wales: Thursday 25 September, 9.30-16.00, Village Urban Resort Chester St David's, Ewloe, Nr Chester, Flintshire, CH5 3YB and South Wales: Tuesday 30 September, 9.30 - 16.00, Cardiff City Football Stadium, Leckwith Rd, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF11 8AZ Register now.

Training in Scotland: news about courses in Scotland.

Free Federation of Entertainment Unions workshops: Dealing with the Chaos of Freelancing, Wednesday 23 July, Bristol; Business Motivation for Creatives, Friday 25 July, London. More details on the FEU website.

NUJ update

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