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NUJ Active 8 November

Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 8 November

The NUJ website now has an events calendar which give details of events, conferences, branch meetings and training courses. Click on the event title for more information.

Finding work and getting paid for it this essential seminar for freelances will address the two most difficult things in their working lives - finding work and then getting paid for it, 13.00-14.30 on Saturday 9 November in Dublin.

London protest to free Aljazeera journalists in Egypt A protest to demand the release of an Aljazeera reporter and cameraman who remain in detention in Egypt. The protest will take place on Tuesday 12 November from 4.30-6.30pm outside the Egyptian Embassy, 26 South Street, London, W1K 1DW.

NUJ student and young members' conference: top media names and industry experts will discuss how to get started in journalism, NUJ ethics and how to get active in the NUJ. In London on Saturday 16 November. RSVP

Tackling sexism and racism in music videos: Debate on women and music videos at 17.00-19.00, Monday 11 November, Houses of Parliament, London. Admittance by RSVP only at

No woman that can't be cured: how does the media treat gay women? Women in Journalism and Diva magazine event. In London on Thursday 21 November.

The future of investigative journalism in Ireland: conference hosted by the Centre for Conflict Resolution Journalism and the NUJ. In Dublin on Saturday 23 November, 14.00-17.00.

Creating without Conflict: book your free seat at the launch of a major survey on bullying in the media and entertainments industries and take part in a conference which aims to look how unions can play a part in tackling the problem. London, Tuesday 19 November. Also Dealing with bullying and harassment: this three-hour session will help you deal with bullying and harassment in the workplace. In London, Thursday 21 November. salary survey: take part in the definitive survey on salaries within UK book and journal publishing. The closing date is 20 December.

Pitch and Deal: the role-play-based training day to polish your pitching and double your dealing, Friday 15 November at NUJ HQ. Places still available.

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 Basic writing for journalism; Finding work and getting paid for it; Features journalism and Writing for the web.

Training for reps in Manchester: sessions will be held in the regional office, 111 Piccadilly M1 2HX, running from 18.00-20.30 on the Friday, continuing on the Saturday from 10.00 to 16.00. Travel and accommodation can be arranged on request. If you are interested in Health & safety on 29-30 November or Stage 1 basic reps on 31 January to 1 February, register at

Sign the petition

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 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.

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.

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 days 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 2014, 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 5 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.

Rosemary Goodchild Award: the annual £500 prize awarded by FPA celebrates the best writing about sexual health issues.