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NUJ Active 27 June 2014


NUJ Active – news and events from your union

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 27 June

The NUJ website has an events calendar which gives details of events, conferences, branch meetings and training courses.

Journalism is not a crime: next steps to free jailed journalists in Egypt: Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, will chair a meeting on Monday 30 June at Headland House, with speakers including Paul Mason, Channel 4, Jim Boumelha, president of the International Federation of Journalists, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Michael Hodgkin, FoC at Al Jazeera English and other broadcasting organisations. Come along and show your solidarity with Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy, who have been sentenced to seven years in jail and Baher Mohamed who was sentenced for 10 years. Please RSVP for this event by emailing The NUJ will be delivering a letter to the Egyptian embassy deploring the travesty of justice of the sentenced journalists and intimidation of journalists in Egypt. Please add your signature by emailing

Future of the BBC: the NUJ's Parliamentary Group will launch the union's campaign for reform of the BBC in the run up to the charter renewal on Monday 14 July, Committee Room 9, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. All welcome.

Making journalism pay in the digital age: a networking event held by NUJ Oxford branch, Thursday 3 July at 19.00, upstairs in the St Aldates Tavern, opposite Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates. Speakers include: Tim Dawson, NUJ vice-president, Guardian writer Steven Mathieson and Sonja Francis the editor of More details and how to book

Sexism in the media: event at Goldsmiths, University of London, Wednesday 2 July, 18.30-20.30, with speakers Laurie Penny, journalist and blogger, Reni Eddo Lodge, Feminist Times, Stephanie Davies-Arai, No More Page 3 and Lis Howell, department of journalism, City University. More details on Facebook. It is a free event, but you need to book your place.

Sign up for our Teeline shorthand courses for beginners and intermediate level. The 10-week courses with twice-weekly lessons start in September. The full range of professional and trade union training and free workshops can be found on the NUJ website.To book training please email

Sign the petition

Who owns your media? Find out from the Media Reform Coalition's shocking infographic and sign the petition for media plurality

Boycott the Brixton Ritzy and all Picturehouse Group cinemas: NUJ members are being urged to boycott this cinema group because it does not pay its staff the London Living Wage. Read about the dispute and sign the petition

Professional and trade union training

Browse the website link NUJ training to 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. See dates for courses for trade union representatives.

Courses in Wales: NUJ Training Wales offers a programme of subsidised, practical courses in new media and core journalism skills, including Pitch and negotiate on Wednesday 2 July.The website also includes free resources on a range of topics.

Training in Scotland: news about courses in Scotland.

Free Federation of Entertainment Unions workshops: dealing with the chaos of freelancing, Friday 11 July, London and business motivation for creatives, Friday 25, London. More details on the FEU website.

NUJ update

Join the NUJ online: potential members can apply to join the union online. Please encourage your colleagues to join the union and any queries can be emailed to

All members can apply or renew their press card via the NUJ website.

Rates for the job: please (anonymously) submit actual rates and fees for freelance work in all media - online especially welcome - 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.

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