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NUJ Active, 5 September 2014

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 5 September

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

Introduction to privacy and information security: As a journalist you need to be able to protect your sources, yourself and your story.This means securing content and meta-data relating to communications. This free workshop organised by the NUJ and Centre for Investigative Journalism at NUJ Headland House, London, on Wednesday 17 September will show you how. More details. You can register by emailing

NATO Summit, Newport, Wales: guidance for NUJ members when dealing with police or private security personnel and emergency legal numbers for the duration of the event.

Guidelines for reporting on LGBT issues: The NUJ has launched new guidelines for reporting on LGBT issues for all media workers. They can be downloaded from the NUJ website. The union has also updated its race reporting guidelines, which can be found on the NUJ website.

Going Freelance: a new course for professional photographers who are going freelance or thinking about it. More details and to book for Saturday 15 September in London and book for Manchester on Saturday 1 November.

Reps Training: new dates in autumn for reps courses at all levels can be found on the NUJ website.

New newsletter from the Black Members' Council: the Black Members' Council (BMC) issued a new newsletter to all Black members on Thursday 4 September. If you did not get a copy, and would like to receive it, then please contact the NUJ to check your details and add your name to the BMC subscription list, by emailing

Journalists working with traumatic imagery: is conducting a survey to see the effect of working with graphic pictures or video footage and what steps can be taken to diminish these effects in the short or long-term. Please complete the anonymous survey.

Find an expert: a free resource to help journalists find "broadcast-ready" commentators for TV, radio or print has been launched. The database was produced in response to the Expert Women campaign, which noted that male experts outnumbered female experts by 4 to 1 on TV and radio news programmes. The database does also include men. To find out more and sign up.

Fringe meetings at TUC Congress: Building the Fight against Austerity, Monday 8 September, at 12.45, in Hall 12, BT Convention Centre, Liverpool, and The Great Pay Robbery,Tuesday 9 September, 5.30pm, Suite 4, Jury's Inn (opposite the Convention Centre). Speakers and more information on the TUCG website.

No More Murdochs: making the media an election Issue. Labour Party conference public meeting on Monday 22 September, 18.30, Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS. Speakers include John McDonnell MP, Rachel Broady, Ann Field and Granville WIlliams.

Protection for Whistleblowers: a day of action has been organised in support of whistleblowers and a new law to protect them. Assemble at Parliament Square, London, at noon on Wednesday 10 September. At 14.00, protesters will blow their whistles. More details on the campaign.

East Timor:The International Federation of Journalists is supporting East Timor journalists on an urgent campaign to protest against an impending new press law which undermines a free media and puts journalists under threat of prosecution. Please sign the petition.

Education journalism awards: the Chartered Institute of Public Relations' annual awards are now open for education journalists across the UK. Deadline noon on Friday 26 September. More details and how to enter.

Professional and trade union training

You can sign up for or our Teeline shorthand courses for beginners and intermediate level. The 10-week courses with twice-weekly lessons start in September. New dates for Getting started as a freelance, 5 September and Pitch and Deal, 19 September. Book now for our autumn courses. The full range of professional and trade union training and free workshops can be found on the NUJ website.To book training please email

Browse the website link NUJ training to see the full range of 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 how to build a website, how to run a campaign using social media and media law refresher sessions.

Training in Scotland: news about courses in Scotland.

Free workshops: Run a successful social media campaign, Thursday 11 September, London; How to shoot and edit video with an iPhone or iPad, Friday 12 September, London; Developing assertiveness, Friday 26 September, Bristol . Book on the Federation of Entertainment Unions' website.

Higher education discounts for trade union members: a number of universities and colleges that work with unionlearn, the TUC's learning and skills organisation, offer discounts for union members. More details

NUJ update

Join the NUJ online: potential members can apply to join the union online. Please encourage your colleagues to join the union. 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.

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