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NUJ Active 6 December

Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 6 December

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.

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

Remembering Stockport Messenger dispute 30 years on: meeting on the anniversary of the National Graphical Association strike at the Stockport Messenger newspaper group, owned by Eddie Shah, Thursday 12 December, 18.30, at the Peterloo Room, Mechanics' Institute, 103 Princess St, Manchester.

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

Save the goulash: support a co-op set up to take over the Gay Hussar, Hungarian restaurant in Soho, London and haunt of leftie scribes.

Support gender equality work: the International Federation of Journalists has opened a special account for donations to promote gender equality.

Domestic violence survey: the TUC is conducting an anonymous survey to find out more about how domestic violence affects working life and the role that employers, colleagues and union reps can play in supporting those experiencing domestic abuse. Deadline 1 February.

Freedom of expression awards: nominate a journalist for the Index on Censorship award recognising courageous and determined investigative journalism.

Truth, lies and migrants: this seminar will help arm trade union representatives with the facts on population and migration. It will discuss common beliefs and scare stories about migrants on Wednesday 18 December, at Unite the Union, Tony Benn House, Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6AY.

TUC and Equal Opportunities Review, Discrimination Law Conference: this conference gives trade unions, law centres and other voluntary organisations the opportunity to hear from leading barristers on legislative developments and landmark equality cases, Friday 17 January, at Congress House, London, WC1B 3LS

Professional and trade union training

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 Get noticed Thursday 12 December. Check the events section of the website for courses in the new year.

Diversifying your portfolio: this workshop will help you explore how to use your skills and talents to diversify your career (often to support your core work), increase your choices, efficiency and 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. Stage 1 basic reps will run from 31 January to 1 February, starting at 18.00 on Friday and from 10.00 to 16.00 on Saturday. Travel and accommodation can be arranged on request. Register at

Sign the petition, join the action

In defence of public interest and the prosecution of journalists: ask your MP to sign the early day motion (EDM) asking the director of public prosecutions to ensure that journalists are able to pursue stories in the public interest, without fear of prosecution.

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

Banning of journalists at football grounds: ask your MP to sign the EDM condemning football clubs, such as Newcastle Utd, Nottingham Forest, Crawley Town, Port Vale and Rotherham United, which have banned press from their facilities.

European Initiative for Media Pluralism: sign the petition supporting a pluralist democratic debate through free exchange of ideas and information in the European Union.

Join a lobbying bill day of action: meet your MP on Tuesday 10 December from 12.30 at the House of Commons. 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 proposed 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. Who's watching your data?: sign the petiton to keep union membership lists confidential. Stop the lobbying bill data grab.

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 EDM calling for support for the 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 day 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

Orwell journalism prize: entries close on 15 January, 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.