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NUJ Active 19 September 2014

 

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 19 September

NUJ elections 2014

Following the NEC shortlisting on 11 September, the candidates for the Editor of the Journalist election are Christine Buckley and Tim Dawson. There will be a special insert about the election in the October edition of the magazine. Ballot papers will be sent out on Wednesday 1 October and the ballot will close on Wednesday 5 November. The result will be announced on Thursday 6 November. Make your vote count.

The London freelance branch have organised candidate hustings on Wednesday 1 October at 19.00 in London at NUJ Headland House in Kings Cross. If you can't attend but want to ask a question or find out more information email: londonhust2014@gmail.com

Events

Take me to your leader: the crisis in leadership in BAME Britain - Claudia Jones memorial lecture. The lecture will take place at 18.30 on Thursday 16 October in London and will be hosted by Thomson Reuters. Patrick Younge will be the guest speaker. He has spent over 22 years working in the media industry in the UK and internationally. He is an executive broadcaster with international experience at senior levels in journalism, commissioning, production, public service television, digital media and pay TV. He began his career at London Weekend TV and has worked for the BBC, Channel 4 and the Travel Channel Media (USA). At this year's event, Patrick will explore the lack of leadership roles for Black and minority ethnic people across the UK. Book your free ticket to attend.

Will and Testament is a moving and informative tribute to NUJ member Tony Benn. Tony participated extensively in the making of the film, which was completed prior to his death in March 2014. The film will be released at cinemas from 3 October. Prior to the main cinema release, distributor Praslin Pictures are hosting a series of screenings in towns and cities across the UK that have a special significance to Tony Benn's life and political career, taking place in Manchester on 8 September, Chesterfield 9 September, Leeds 10 September, Glasgow 11 September, Liverpool 15 September, Cardiff 18 September, Oxford 22 September, Bristol 23 September, ending in London on 24 September. You can buy a ticket on the event website.

Mental health awareness seminars: The Wales TUC have announced a series of events in September focused on mental health in the workplace. For the first time, the seminars are open to all union representatives. Using a combination of workshops and presentations, experts in the field of mental health will cover topics such as removing the stigma of mental health, setting up an effective workplace policy, supporting the family and mental health first aid. Visit the TUC website for more information.

TUC demonstration: Britain needs a pay rise. The TUC have called a demonstration in London to make the case that Britain needs a pay rise. The demonstration will take place on Saturday 18 October and begins with a march through central London, culminating in a rally in Hyde Park. People are currently facing the biggest squeeze on their incomes since Victorian times, and wages have fallen in real terms every year since 2010. We believe that as growth returns to the UK economy, everyone should get a fairer share in the recovery. The time has come for Britain to get a pay rise. Find out more about the campaign on the NUJ website.

From Stress to Success: The London freelance branch have organised a one day practical workshop to learn about stress, how to manage it and how to insulate against it. The event will be pragmatic and interactive, concentrating on practical skills that can be used and that can benefit our everyday lives. The event takes place at the London Welsh centre and will cost 10 pounds for NUJ members including lunch and refreshments. More details are available on the NUJ website.

Big Youth Debate: The current government's policies on jobs and housing are failing young people. Trade unions are concerned about the crisis of representation of young people both at work and in society. Turnout at the 2010 general election amongst 18 to 24 year olds was just 43 per cent and fewer than than one in 10 of workers aged 16 to 24 are members of a union. So the TUC have organised an event to discuss issues that matter to young people on Saturday 15 November in London. NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet is one of the speakers. Find out more on the NUJ website.

New guidelines

Reporting on LGBT issues: The NUJ has launched new guidelines for reporting on LGBT issues for all media workers. Available on the NUJ website.

Updated race reporting guidelines: The union has updated its race reporting guidelines and they are available on the NUJ website.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) have published good practice guidelines and advice on principles and standards for journalists processing personal data. Access their comprehensive guidance and their quick guide on the NUJ website.

Support

The Sun's political editor Tom Newton Dunn's mobile phone records and call data to the newsdesk were seized by police to expose journalistic sources. In response the NUJ has backed the Press Gazette campaign to save our sources and is encouraging all members to sign the petition now and find out more on the NUJ website.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is appealing to journalists across the world to contribute to a special solidarity appeal set up to provide financial aid to journalists in Gaza who are desperately in need of help. IFJ's Palestinian affiliate, the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate (PJS), estimates that 42 journalists and their families have been displaced in Gaza, 14 of them have had their houses completely destroyed and need emergency shelter. 25 have been injured and require medical treatment while 10 media facilities were also damaged in the bombing. Donations can be sent to the IFJ international safety fund. More information on the NUJ website.

NUJ official David Ayrton is doing a sponsored walk for the Ashanti Development charity. The charity is run by NUJ life member Penny David and provides water, education and medical facilities for Ghanaian villages. Please consider sponsoring the walk, every penny goes to the Ghanaian villages. Find out more about the charity on their website and email David to support and donate: DavidA@nuj.org.uk

Research

The cabinet office are currently seeks views on draft regulations for a statutory register of consultant lobbyists. The NUJ are gathering feedback from members to inform the union's submission. Read the draft regulations. Email your views and suggestions to the NUJ magazine, book, PR and communications department: mbprc@nuj.org.uk

Workplace mediation and trade unions: friends or foes? The University of Central Lancaster is conducting a survey to ask trade union representatives (paid and lay officials) about their experience of dealing with individual union members' disputes in the workplace. You can complete the survey online on the university's website.

PEN American Center invites NUJ members to participate in a groundbreaking international survey of writers and people associated with the literary and journalism communities. The survey is part of an important effort to understand the impact of new surveillance technologies on free expression. The survey will take about 10 minutes. Your responses are anonymous. You can complete the survey online and if you have any questions please email Ann Duffett: aduffett@thefdrgroup.com

Awards

Education journalism awards: the Chartered Institute of Public Relations' annual awards are now open for education journalists across the UK. Deadline noon on Friday 26 September. More details and how to enter.

Training

Book now for our autumn training courses. The full range of professional and trade union training and free workshops can be found on the NUJ website.To book training please email: training@nuj.org.uk

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.

Higher education discounts for trade union members: a number of universities and colleges that work with unionlearn, the TUC's learning and skills organisation, offer discounts for union members. For more information visit the TUC unionlearn website

Updates

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