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NUJ Active 30 August

 

Last updated on 1 September 2013

Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 30 August

Join the NUJ online: the new NUJ website will allow potential members to apply to join the union online at www.nuj.org.uk, so make sure you sign up a colleage today. The website also allows you have access your membership profile and make any amendments.

Still locked out? NUJ Ireland women's conference, Saturday 21 September at 12.00 at the Teachers' Club, Dublin. To register for this free event, please contact Lena Calvert, NUJ equality officer via email lenac@nuj.org.uk Go to the the NUJ website for list of speakers and more details

Open meeting for 60+ members on Wednesday 2 October at Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP. It will start at 13.00 with light refreshments and finish at 16.00. Emily Georghiou from Age UK's policy and public affairs department is the keynote speaker. If you wish to attend, email Lena Calvert, NUJ equality officer at lenac@nuj.org.uk

Sun, sand, sea and Scotland: Scotland's role in empire, slavery and the Caribbean will take place on Thursday 10 October at 18.00, venue to be confirmed. Authors Christopher Dolan and Kei Miller will read from their latest books and actor David Hayman will discuss his latest documentaries highlighting links between Scotland and the British Empire. RSVPdominicb@nuj.org.uk For more on Black History month in your area, check the BHM website

Black, white and blue: race relations in a future Scotland: How will the Scottish Independence referendum affect black and minority ethnic communities? This free NUJ event will feature presentations from key individuals within the field of race equality on Wednesday 30 October, 17.30 registration and refreshments for 18.00-19.30, Jurys Inn Glasgow, 80 Jamaica Street G1 4QG. Booking required: for more information email dominicb@nuj.org.uk or telephone 0141 248 6648

Claudia Jones lecture 2013: Monday 28 October at Thomson Reuters HQ, Auditorium, 1st Floor, 30 South Colonnade, Thomson Reuters, Canary Wharf, London E14 5EP. Keynote speaker Dr Nicola Rollock's lecture will be Race and racism in a post-racial age: 20 years on since the murder of Stephen LawrenceMore details on the NUJ website and register atlenac@nuj.org.uk

Is the Netherlands a tax haven? Researcher Katrin McGauran will talk on tax avoidance in the Netherlands and its treatment in the media on Tuesday 24 September, 20.00, NUJ Netherlands, Amsterdam. See NUJ Netherlands website or contact info@nuj-netherlands.nl

End the intimidation of journalists and their families. Following the detention of David Miranda, the partner of a Guardian journalist, Free Press has opened a petition to the UK and USA governments. To find out more and sign, go to the Free Press website

Stand with Edward Snowden: this petition asks President Obama to "to ensure that whistleblower Edward Snowden is treated fairly" and denounces the PRISM programme as "one of the greatest violations of privacy ever committed by a government". Find out more on the Avaaz website

Freelances who contribute to Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness travel guides should check the fees offered for any revising work. The freelance office has received reports that rates now being offered are up to 60 per cent lower than those previously offered. Contactfreelanceoffice@nuj.org.uk if you have been affected by this change, and please raise with colleagues whether or not they are NUJ members. More information on the London freelance branch website

Zero hours: The NUJ is investigating whether any members are on or know of employers in the industry who are using zero-hours contracts. Email campaigns@nuj.org.uk

Winning the argument for welfare. The social security system is under attack. As the government justifies tougher cuts, this free event at the TUC, Friday 4 October, 10.00-16.00, will allow progressives to debate how best to fight back. More details on speakers and registration on the TUC website

Lots of new dates for training courses: details on the NUJ website and Cymru NUJ training website. For Scotland check the Scottish training website or email:joanm@nuj.org.uk The Federation of Entertainment Unions runs free and reduced-rate courses suitable for journalists, such as the free workshop Money Matters in London on Thursday 5 September. For more information visit the FEU website

Tutors wanted: do you have the talent and experience to improve the professional skills of NUJ members in the UK and Ireland? If yes, then you should consider becoming an NUJ professional training course tutor. More details on the NUJ website or emailtraining@nuj.org.uk

Free professional development events, supported by the Arts Council of Wales, which include developing your digital footprint and developing a presence on the web are being held in Cardiff and Swansea this autumn. For more details and to book a place

Training opportunities in Northern Ireland: new programme announced by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the North West Regional College. Prospectus can be found on the ICTU website or contact ICTU education officer, Kevin Doherty kevin.doherty@ictuni.org

The Thomson Foundation is sponsoring a new award, young journalist from the developing world, for the UK Foreign Press Association Awards<http://www.fpalondon.org/index.pl?section=11>. Journalists under 30, working in countries with a gross domestic product per capita of less than $20,000 will be eligible. Deadline: Wednesday 18 September. Find out more on the Thomson Foundation website

The International Federation of Journalists world congress in Dublin voted to renew the campaign to call on the Israeli authorities to recognise the IFJ press card. An international petition has been launched, available in English, Arabic, French and Spanish, addressed to UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon. Please sign the petition today

Don't go breaking my arts. Join a human chain in front of the National Gallery to protect arts funding, outside the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, Wednesday 18 September, 18.00. An evening of live entertainment follows at The 12 Bar Club, 26 Denmark St, London WC2H 8NJ (tickets £5 on the door). Read more about it on the Lost Arts website

To submit items for NUJ Active, please email campaigns@nuj.org.uk

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