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NUJ Active 17 October 2014


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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 17 October

Events and resources

TUC demonstration: Britain needs a pay rise. Join the NUJ tomorrow (Saturday 18 October) on the TUC's demonstration in London to make the case that we all need a pay rise. Meet us at zone 7 on Victoria Embankment and march through central London to a rally in Hyde Park. Find out more about the campaign and instructions on how to join the demo on the NUJ website. Join the NUJ and other trade unions on the march and support the campaign to improve the lives of working people.

Stand up for journalism: democracy and ownership in the age of big media and internet titans: Speakers include Michelle Stanistreet, National Union of Journalists general secretary; Granville Williams, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and editor of Big Media and Internet Titans; and Martin Shipton, chief reporter Media Wales. It takes place at Cardiff University on Wednesday 5 November at 17.00. More details and how to book your place on the NUJ events calendar.

Guidelines on bullying, harassment and discrimination for reps, officials and members: you can download the Federation of Entertainment Unions guide for staff members and freelances on the NUJ website.

If you are freelancing for Time Inc (former IPC magazines) can you please contact us at

Are you a full-time tech journo or PR? Then you should come along to the UKTJPR/NUJ pub quiz on Wednesday 22 October in central London. Email to get a ticket. Never heard of UKTJPR? It stands for UK technology journalists and PRs and if you're one of those, you should join the mailing list. You will receive tech news and invitations to exclusive parties/events. Go to the TechJPR website to join.

Mark Thomas: Cuckooed. The comedian and political activist's new show at the Tricycle Theatre, London, on 1 - 13 December, tells the true story of how he discovered his close friend was spying on him for Britain's biggest arms dealer. It won the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. Book your tickets now. Dates of other gigs in the UK can be found on Mark's website.

Learn how to keep yourself, your source and your story safe online: free one-day course at Goldsmiths, University of London, on Saturday 15 November. You will be taught what tools to use (and not use) under certain conditions and how to overcome state-level attacks against your communications. More details on the course and to book your place on the CIJ website.

Shared parental leave: how it works and will it make a difference? This free TUC seminar for trade unions and NGOs will explain how the new rights work and the issues unions and individuals will have to consider when negotiating policies and deciding what leave to take. It wil take place at Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3LS on Thursday 27 November from 09:30 to 13:00. More details and to reserve a place.

The Paul Foot Award is given for investigative or campaigning journalism. It was set up by the Guardian and Private Eye in memory of the journalist Paul Foot, who died in 2004. The winning entry for 2014 will be awarded £5,000, with the runner-up entries each receiving £1,000 at a ceremony in February. Deadline 17.00 on Monday 10 November. More details and entry form on the Private Eye website.

Election for editor of the Journalist magazine

Last chance to vote in the contest between Christine Buckley and Tim Dawson.There is a special insert about the election in this month's edition of the magazine, which you can download from the NUJ website. The ballot closes on Wednesday 5 November and the result will be announced on Thursday 6 November. If you have not recieved a ballot paper, please email to request a replacement paper


Crispin Aubrey Legacy Fund: NUJ member Mike Jempson is taking part in a sponsored walk on Sunday 19 October to raise money for the Crispin Aubrey scholarship, in partnership with the University of West of England. The award supports aspiring journalists to pursue a career in journalism with a focus on environmental or social justice issues. More details on the scholarship. You can sponsor Mike by sending a cheque to the the Crispin Aubrey Legacy Fund or you can fill out this form.

Reverse the £200,000 cut in funding to the People's History Museum, Manchester: sign the petition to protest about the cuts to the only museum in England dedicated to celebrating the history of working people. Read the response to the cuts by Unite general secretary Len McCluskey.


ITN apprenticeships: the broadcaster's academy is looking for eight school-leavers to join a new 18-month paid apprenticeship programme. It is seeking recruits from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds for the scheme. Find out more on the Facebook page.

Helping BAME professionals get back into TV: bookings are now open for Welcome Back, a new free event for BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) professionals on Wednesday 5 November at BBC New Broadcasting House in London. The day offers a series of panel sessions, hands-on training and one-to-one networking opportunities with industry talent managers and series/executive producers. More details and how to apply on the BBC academy website.

SERTUC Women's Rights Committee: free training seminar on women's issues, rights, equal pay and health and safety will take place on Friday 7 November from 10:00 to 13:00, at Unite, 33-37 Moreland Street, London EC1V 8BB. List of speakers and how to register.

New dates for trade union training in 2015: latest dates for 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.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: Creative Productivity on Thursday 23 October, in Birmingham. Finance for Freelances, Friday 14 November, London Book on the Federation of Entertainment Unions' website.


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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.

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