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NUJ Active 30 May 2014

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 30 May

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

CIJ investigative journalism conference and summer school - Investigative Journalism: a New Stage: will focus on the new ways to do investigative journalism in the digital age, discussing issues such as financing investigations and digital storytelling. Key investigative skills are taught at the event (data journalism, understanding company accounts, advanced internet research, digital security). Speakers include Dana Priest - The Washington Post, Aron Pilhofer - the Guardian, formerly The New York Times and Julian Assange - Wikileaks. The event takes place in London 4 - 6 July at Goldsmiths. NUJ members get a discount on the price to attend. Find out more and book your place today.

TUC conference on greening the workplace - building the 'union effect' will take place at Congress House, London on Friday 11 July from 10.00. Register to attend the event

NUJ professional training: the full range of professional and trade union training and free workshops can be found on the NUJ website.To book training please email

Would you like the chance to learn about and get practical experience in reporting on breaking developments in cancer treatment? The European School of Oncology is offering to fund 15 health journalists to attend the 2014 Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology in Madrid 26 - 29 September. Find out more on the cancerworld website.

Moving into PR?: this event in Manchester, on 14 June will include advice, information and tips from PR professionals to help those thinking of moving into public relations. Book your ticket.

UK Conference of Science Journalists: the biennial conference of the Association of British Science Writers, Wednesday 18 June, London. Register for the event .

No More Austerity: demand the alternative march: join the People's Assembly demonstration on Saturday 21 June, which starts at 13.00 at the BBC HQ, Portland Place, London W1 1AA for the march to Parliament. Buy tickets for the Stand up Against Austerity: benefit gig, at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, 19.00, Monday 7 July. Performers include Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Stewart Lee, Shappi Khorsandi, Francesca Martinez, Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Hardy, Mark Steel, Jen Brister, Robin Ince, Kate Smurthwaite. The People's Assembly have also organised a Merseyside rally on Wednesday 11 June with Owen Jones, John Hendy QC and chaired by Carolyn Jones from the Institute of Employment Rights. Book your place today

Stand up to racism and fascism - No to Scapegoating Immigrants - No to Islamophobia conference on Saturday 14 June at TUC Congress House in London. Speakers include Diane Abbott MP, Claude Moraes MEP, Mohammad Taj - TUC President, Tony Kearns - Senior Deputy General Secretary, CWU, Dr Tommy Tomescu - Alliance against Romanian and Bulgarian discrimination, Aaron Kiely - NUS Black students officer, Gerry Gable - Editor of Searchlight. Find out more and book your place today. The TUC in London, the South East and the Eastern region have published Truth, lies and migrants: a guide to population and migration.

Controversy in Media - A Youth Perspective. A public meeting organised by the Youth Media Agency on Monday 9 June from 18:00. Speakers include NUJ Donnacha DeLong, Angela Phillips - Media Reform Coalition, Matteo Bergamini - Shout Out UK, Susana Giner - Youth Media Agency and Jonathon Heawood - Impress. Book your place today.

The women chainmakers festival returns for the tenth year to celebrate the historic dispute. In 1910 some 800 women Chainmakers from Cradley Heath withdrew their labour to fight for the minimum wage. Friday Night at the Chainmakers festival takes place in Sandwell on Friday 6 June. Visit the festival website for more details.

As part of the November 2014 TUC young workers month the TUC will be running its first ever young trade union leaders weekend at Ruskin College, Oxford 28-30 November 2014. Details about qualifying criteria and an application form can be found on the TUC website and if you plan to go please email:

Orgreave mass picnic and festival will take place on Saturday 14 June starting at 11.00 with Ken Capstick NUM, Dave Douglass NUM, Mike Mansfield QC, Women Against Pit Closures. Find out more on the campaign website.

A debate on older women in the labour market: speakers include Sharon Hodgson MP, shadow minister for women, families and equality issues, and Scarlet Harris, women's equality officer, TUC, on Monday 30 June, 16.30-18.30, Committee Room 8, House of Commons, SW1H 9NB. To reserve your place email Joy White

Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival: three days of music, speakers, poetry and stalls for all the family, 18-20 July.

Going the extra mile for NUJ Extra: Chris Morley, Northern and Midlands Organiser is walking the Pennine Way to raise funds for the NUJ hardship charity NUJ Extra. Donate today.

Surveys and research

The TUC and Scottish TUC have launched a survey on job insecurity. The main focus is zero hours, contract workers, agency workers and those in temporary work, but the TUC is also keen to hear from other workers who face problems of short-hours working, job insecurity and/or low pay. The findings will provide data for a campaign. Complete the survey, which closes on Friday 20 June. The TUC is also keen to hear from women who have been treated unfavourably while pregnant, on maternity leave, or on return to work; fill in the anonymous survey.

Internships: the NUJ is part of a steering group for Internstage, an EU-funded research project examining the varied experiences of internships, work placements and volunteering in six European countries. We are looking for case studies in the media or any other information. Please email

Professional and trade union training

Browse on 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. The website also includes free resources, including up-to-date information on the topics of media law and ethics, such as copyright and contempt of court, new media, such as Twitter lists, writing for the web and useful tips, such as calculating percentages.

Training in Scotland: news about courses in Scotland.

Training in Brussels: Confused by Twitter? What you need to know on Wednesday 18 June.

The new edition of the Wales TUC education service course booklet is now available, giving details of courses available for all union reps in Wales from September 2014 to July 2015. Download the booklet from the TUC website.

Sign the petition, join the action

Stop BSkyB from buying Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia: these acquisitions would give Sky effective control over two of Europe's largest pay-TV broadcasters and create a European pay-TV giant. Sign the petition calling on the European Commission to investigate the proposed acquisition and block any deal until all public interest issues have been addressed.

Ask your MP to sign the early day motion on media plurality: the NUJ and TUC back the campaign on media ownership. You can contact your MP via this website.

European initiative for media pluralism: if this petition achieves one million signatures, the EU commission must discuss issuing a directive to ensure that commercial media is independent from the state and the influence of powerful corporate owners.

Release detained Al Jazeera journalists: ask the Egyptian authorities to stop their persecution and call for the immediate and unconditional release of producer Mohamed Fahmy, correspondent Peter Greste, producer Baher Mohamed, and all other detained journalists.

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.

Bursaries, awards, fellowships and prizes

Mary Raftery Journalism Fund: applications are now open for funds for journalistic work which promote investigative coverage of issues serving the public interest and exposing injustices in Irish society. The deadline for applications is Friday 20 June at 5pm.

Jan Fairley Memorial Award: this is an award for an Edinburgh-based journalist at the start of his or her career writing about the arts. Jan was a world music journalist, passionate campaigner for human rights and an NUJ member. Closing date, Thursday 30 October 2014.

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