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NUJ Active, Friday 14 November 2014

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Events and resources

Q&A on the ABC of media power. Join investigative journalist John Pilger and Des Freedman, chair of the Media Reform Coalition, at the launch of Freedman's new book 'The Contradictions of Media Power' on Tuesday 18 November, at 18:00, Goldsmiths, University of London, Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre Lewisham Way, London. More information and how to book on the NUJ website.

One Rogue Hack: as part of Bristol NUJ's 2014 Benn lecture, former Daily Star staffer Rich Peppiatt - a "recovering tabloid hack" - presents his film and answers questions at the Cube cinema, Dove Street South, Bristol, on Friday 21 November, 19.30. More details on the NUJ's events calendar.

Media Manifesto: join the Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom and Media Reform Coalition's launch of an initiative to promote communication rights and media reform in the run-up to the general election, on Monday 1 December, 18.30-20.00, Committee Room 10, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. More details on the NUJ website.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: the NUJ PR & Communications branch welcomes all NUJ members and colleagues to hear John Hilary, executive director, War on Want, explain the dangers of TTIP to democracy, workers' rights and the environment - and discuss how we can resist it, at NUJ's London HQ, Headland House, London, on Tuesday 2 December. More details on NUJ events calendar.

Secrecy Surveillance and Censorship: the 2014 Logan Symposium brings together key figures in the fight against invasive surveillance and secrecy. This three-day event takes place from 5-7 December at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London. More information, list of speakers and booking on the event's website.

The Welsh media awards are open to all journalists, photographers and camera operators who work in Wales, and their entries must have been produced in Wales for an audience in Wales. The deadline for entries is 17.00 on Friday 28 November (17.00 on Friday 9 January for student entries). The awards event will be held at the Cardiff Marriott Hotel on Thursday March 19. More details and how to enter on the Journalists' Charity website.

Day of the Imprisoned Writer: please join Irish PEN and Front Line Defenders at the Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, on Saturday 15 November, as part of the Dublin Book Festival, at 18.00. More information on the speakers and how to book your free ticket on the festival website.

Young Workers' Month: November is the TUC's Young Workers' Month and the NUJ has a special offer for anyone aged 30 or under who joins this month.They will receive a 25 per cent discount on their subscriptions (full membership) for three months.They can join online on the NUJ website. Big Youth Debate: the government's policies on jobs and housing are failing young people and trades unions are concerned about the representation of young people at work and in society. The TUC has organised an event to discuss issues that matter to young people on Saturday 15 November in London. NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet is one of the speakers. Find out more and book your free place on the NUJ website. Get the best deal: how to pitch for work and get paid properly: this free Federation of Entertainment Unions practical workshop, on Thursday 27 November in London, will teach the basics of pitching your work and negotiating fair rates of pay. Reserve your place on the FEU website. NUJ Young Workers' networking group: the union is a good place for young members to swap information and push up young people's issues high on the union's agenda. We will also be putting on a number of networking social events throughout the year. If you are interested in setting up the group or taking part, get in touch with NEC member Alex MacDonald at


Kobane benefit gig: the Kurdish Red Crescent is co-ordinating aid for refugees on the Syria/Turkey border, on Sunday 23 November, at 19.30, Bloomsbury Theatre, Gordon Street, London. Find out who is on the bill and how to get a ticket on the NUJ website.

Aid for Ebola: support the Public Services International appeal for aid for the families affected by Ebola. More details and how to donate on the PSI website.

Free Chelsea Manning: sign the the Amnesty International petition calling on President Obama to release her. Chelsea is serving a 35-year prison sentence for whistleblowing and revealing to the public that the US army, the CIA and Iraqi and Afghan forces committed human rights violations. She claimed she released the information in the public interest.


New dates for trade union training in 2015: latest dates of courses for reps and members in health and safety, negotiating skills, representing members, plus others can be found on the NUJ website. The full range of professional and trade union training and free workshops is also on the NUJ website. New dates in February for Getting Started as a Freelance and Pitch and Deal can be found in professional training. To book training, email:

NUJ Wales training: the NUJ 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: Finance for Freelances, Friday 14 November, London; Business Motivation for Creatives, Friday 28 November, London ; Dealing with Setbacks: how the tough keep going, Wednesday 3 December, Bristol; Social media for beginners, Thursday 4 December, London. Book on the Federation of Entertainment Unions' website.


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