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NUJ Active 20 December

Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 20 December.

A time for giving: please consider contributing to NUJ charities this Christmas. NUJ Extra is a fund which helps members who have fallen on hard times. Donate to NUJ Extra here. Or you can donate to the George Viner Memorial Fund which, since 1986, has helped more than 150 Black and ethnic minority students obtain the training they need to get a job in journalism. Donate via the NUJ website today.

Support gender equality work: the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has opened a special account for donations to promote gender equality.

Donate to the Philippines Disaster: the Irish Congress of Trade Unions is urging members to donate to the Philippines disaster fund. The money will be used to send Filipino nurse members from the Irish community to work in the hospital, practically destroyed, in Tacloban; the remaining funds will be sent to the Philippine Nurses Association.

Help your local foodbank this Christmas: back the Unite and the Daily Mirror's Christmas appeal. Find out more and make a donation at the Going to Work website.

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

Investigating state secrecy: the Justice and Security Act: the NUJ has organised a training event on Tuesday 15 January with the Open Justice Project, a network of lawyers, NGOs and academics opposed to the introduction of secret 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, Shazia Khan, partner, employment and professional discipline at Bindmans LLP and Tariq Sadiq, special advocate and barrister at St Philips Chambers, nominated for Liberty's 'human rights lawyer of the year' for 2013. Please 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. Would any member who has not already done so please contact the NUJ freelance office on

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.

When I Had My Baby: every year about half the pregnant women in the workforce experience discrimination. If you have experienced bad treatment at work, Valuing Maternity wants to hear your story (it can be anonymous).

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.

Courses in Wales including more details on mentoring and coaching (ILM Certificate) Wednesday 15 & Monday 27 January and 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

In defence of public interest and the prosecution of journalists: ask your MP to sign the early day motion (EDM) 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.

European Initiative for Media Pluralism: sign the petition supporting a pluralist democratic debate through free exchange of ideas and information in the European Union.

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

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. The NUJ parliamentary group has launched an EDM calling for support for the campaign. Please sign the campaign petition and ask your MP to sign the EDM

NUJ update

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

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

Rates for the job: please submit day rates, shift rates 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 Journalism Fellowship Programme: the programme enables journalists to conduct research at Oxford university. Applicants must have a minimum of five years' experience. Deadline, midday Friday 31 January.

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

Seasons greetings from the NUJ and all the best for 2014.