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NUJ Active 22 November

Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 22 November

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.

The future of investigative journalism in Ireland: there are still free places at tomorrow's, Saturday 23 November, conference hosted by the Centre for Conflict Resolution Journalism and the NUJ in Dublin.

Action on blacklisting: the NUJ has launched a campaign on blacklisting and surveillance and is encouraging members to find out what information the authorities are holding on journalists. Read NUJ member Mark Thomas's comment piece, the legal Q+As and a model letter for members to use to find out what information the authorities hold about you.

The IFJ international day of action for the campaign to end impunity for violence against journalists takes place on Saturday 23 November. All journalist unions and associations have been asked to take part and support the campaign. The first stage focuses on the countries with the highest death tolls of journalists, Iraq, Pakistan and Russia, and calls for investigations into the killings to bring their perpetrators to justice. The NUJ has sent letters demanding an end to impunity to the embassies of the three countries. You can do the same. To find out more about the campaign visit the NUJ website.

The Great Youth Unemployment Lockout: more than 5.5 million young people in Europe are unemployed and almost half of them are in precarious jobs. This event examines the trade union response to the problem and the implications for the new European Youth Guarantee, London Saturday 23 November.

State surveillance, counter-terror powers and global securitisation strategies: the NUJ, the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC), Statewatch, the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF) and the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers have organised a public meeting on state surveillance at NUJ headquarters on Tuesday 10 December. The speakers include Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary; Tony Bunyan, director of Statewatch; Rob Evans, Guardian journalist; Matthew Ryder QC, of Matrix Chambers,; Les Levidow, CAMPACC; Kat Craig, Reprieve, vice-president of Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers. To reserve your place please email

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 closed 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. Please RSVP Sarah Kavanagh

Developing Activism: The Unions21 engagement seminar: this half-day conference on Friday 29 November, in London, will give insight and advice on how trade unions can encourage an active and engaged membership.

Women in the workplace survey: Opportunity Now, Business in the Community's gender campaign, is calling for 100,000 women aged 28-40 to participate in a survey of unprecedented scale into their experiences at work. Men are also invited to take part. The survey closes Sunday 15 December. salary survey: take part in the definitive survey on salaries in the UK book and journal publishing industry. The closing date is 20 December.


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 include: Economics for journalists Tuesday 3 December; You're hired Friday 6 December; Get noticed Thursday 12 December.

Diversifying your Portfolio: this workshop will help you explore how to use all the great skills and talents you have to diversify your career (often to support your core work), increase your choices, efficiency and your earning potential, Friday 13 December, London.

Training in Wales: how to be a freelance, Wednesday 11 December, plus other training news.

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, running from 18.00-20.30 on the Friday, continuing on the Saturday from 10.00 to 16.00. Travel and accommodation can be arranged on request. If you are interested in health and safety (29-30 November) or Stage 1 basic reps (31 January to 1 February), register at

Sign the petition

Justice for Journalists in Turkey: sign the petition supporting an urgent appeal against the life sentences given to Turkish journalists.

Scrap the gagging law: tell Andrew Lansley MP and Lord Wallace to fix or scrap the bill which will curb political campaigning by charities, voluntary and civic groups and unions in the run up to an election.

Make all lobbyists sign the register: the government's lobbying register would result in less than 1 per cent of lobbying activity being publicly registered. The bill must be amended to include all lobbyists, including those working in-house.

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 Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for support for the freedom of movement for Palestinian journalists 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 days 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

Medical Journalists' Association Winter awards: the MJA awards are open to members and non members. The association is particularly keen to hear from regional journalists. Deadline online entries, 19.00, Monday 25 November, by post, Tuesday 26 November.

Rosemary Goodchild Award: the annual £500 prize awarded by FPA celebrates the best writing about sexual health issues. Deadline Friday 29 November.

Orwell journalism prize: entries close on 15 January 2014, 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.