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NUJ Active, 12 December 2014

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The consultation on the code of practice for the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 has been launched by the government. This is the law being used by the authorities to get hold of journalists' phone records without their knowledge. The NUJ is calling for independent, transparent, judicial oversight for accessing journalists' communications and new primary legislation to replace the existing RIPA powers with a "shield law" for journalists. Read the NUJ statements about RIPA on the union's website. Please add your comments, quotes and ideas to include in the NUJ's submission by emailing You can read the consultation on the website

The 2015 TUC Young Workers Conference will take place over the weekend of March 21 and 22 at the TUC, Congress House, London. If you are a member aged 30 and under and are interested in being an NUJ delegate or you are a branch secretary and want to make a nomination, please email by Friday 13 February.

NUJ London independent broadcasting and new media branch end of year party: Members and non-members welcome on Monday 15 December, starting at 18:30, at the Blacksmith & Toffeemaker, 292-294 St John St, London EC1V 4PA.

NUJ Netherlands winter social gathering: at Museum Grand Cafe-Restaurant 1e Klas, Amsterdam Central Station, on Wednesday 17 December at 17.30.

Local councils' media policy: earlier this year the National Association of Local Councils wrote to all parish councils advising them to adopt a new policy barring councillors from speaking to journalists without the written consent of the whole authority. The policy also banned journalists from contacting councillors directly; all contact would be made through the council clerk. The NUJ rejects this guidance as anti-democratic; if you have been affected by these guidelines can you please email

Tax return deadline: you can file your tax return only online for the 31 January deadline. Go on the NUJ website for more information and avoid being fined.

Wapping dispute exhibition: for the first time since the dispute ended, the story is being told from the point of view of the sacked workers and their trades unions.The exhibition runs from 9 January to 13 February, Friday-Monday 10.00-17.30, Tuesday-Thursday by appointment, at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ. More information on the NUJ events calendar.


Pregnancy, leave & parents: the TUC has brought out booklets explaining new rights which allow parents to share leave following the birth or adoption of their child. You can download them from the NUJ website.

The Magazine and Book Industrial Council has produced a recruitment leaflet. It can be edited to customise it for a workplace campaign and is also suitable for workplaces with unrecognised chapels. You can download it from the branch and chapel materials section on the NUJ website.

You can find NUJ publications, campaign, recruitment and branch materials on the NUJ website.


TUC youth campaign award: the award celebrates effective and innovative campaigning by young trade unionists in the UK. Nominations can be for individual and/or groups of young workers aged 30 or under. Please submit nominations to, by Friday 20 February.

The Georgina Henry/Women in Journalism award for innovation: a new annual journalism award to be presented at The Press Awards. The prize of &pound4,000 will be used to fund a project or pay for living expenses during work experience at two or more major national news organisations, arranged by the organisers. Georgina Henry, who died in February 2014, was a founding member of Women in Journalism and deputy editor of the Guardian. Closing date for entries is early January 2015. More details and how to apply on the WiJ website.

The British Sports Journalism Awards is the major national competition open to all sports writers, broadcasters and photographers, staff or freelance, working on air, online or in print. Deadline Monday 26 January 26. More information and how to apply on the Sports Journalists' Association website.

One World Media Awards: two new categories, one for reporting on refugee issues, sponsored by British Red Cross, and one for coverage of women's rights in Africa, sponsored by the African Development Bank have been launched this year. Now in their 27th year, the awards recognise and celebrate excellence in media coverage of the developing world. There are 15 categories in all, go to the award's website to see more details and how to enter. Deadline, Thursday 5 February.


Defend the judicial review: the government wants to restrict access to judicial review, a vital check on power which allows ordinary people to challenge decisions by the authorities. Find out more and take part in the campaign on the Liberty website.

Vigil for Chelsea Manning: it is Chelsea's 27th birthday on Wednesday 17 December. She is serving a 35-year prison sentence for whistleblowing and revealing to the public that the US army, the CIA and Iraqi and Afghan forces committed human rights violations. Join her supporters at 14:30-16:00 on the steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ

Voter engagement: the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee has asked if NUJ members can complete its survey on voter engagement .The NUJ took part in the committee's inquiry. You can read our submission on the NUJ website and the committee's report.


Intermediate Teeline shorthand: this 10-week course every Thursday from 22 January is for people with 50 wpm and who wish to revise their theory and increase their speed. More details and where to book on the NUJ website.

New dates for trade union training in 2015: latest dates of courses for reps and members in health and safety, negotiating skills, representing members, plus others can be found on the NUJ website. The full range of professional and trade union training and free workshops is also on the NUJ website. New dates in February for Getting Started as a Freelance and Pitch and Deal can be found in the professional training section.. To book training, email:

NUJ Wales training: the NUJ offers a programme of subsidised, practical courses in new media and core journalism skills, including how to build a website, how to run a campaign using social media and media law refresher sessions.

Training in Scotland: news about courses in Scotland.

Free workshops: Social Media for Beginners, Friday 16 January, London; Tools for goal-setting, Thursday 22 January, London; Finance for Freelances, Wednesday 28 January, Bristol. Book on the Federation of Entertainment Unions' website.


Join the NUJ online: please forward this email to colleagues and potential members and ask them to join the NUJ and apply online. Email recrutiment questions or queries to the NUJ:

Press cards: all members can apply for or renew their press card on the NUJ website.

Rates for the job: please (anonymously) submit actual rates and fees for freelance work in all media and encourage colleagues to do the same.

Update your NUJ membership records: log in to the NUJ website and make sure your membership details are up to date or call the membership department on 020 7843 3700 during weekday office hours.

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