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NUJ Active Friday 2 May 2014

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 2 May

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

World Press Freedom Day is being celebrated around the world on Saturday 3 May. Unesco is co-ordinating events The Bristol Radical Film Festival is celebrating WPFD at the Cube Cinema, Monday 5 May, 20.00 with guest speaker Iraqi journalist Qays Najim. More information on the BRFF website

What journalists should know about digital media and the law: this event in Dublin on Saturday 10 May, organised by the NUJ, discusses how to use social media, social media and defamation, and intellectual property rights.

General Federation of Trade Unions "Next Generation Festival" for young union members will be held from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 May, Loughborough.

International conference on health journalism: the NHS is facing huge cuts and sweeping changes. How can journalists and PRs respond in an ethical and informed way? The First, Do No Harm conference brings together a host of experts from journalism and health to discuss the issues at Coventry University from Wednesday 14 - Friday 16 May.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers: a seminar, chaired by Andrew George MP, will allow community members, policy makers, media professionals and others to debate how Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are represented in the media. It will be held in the Thatcher room, Portcullis House, 18.30-20.30 on Wednesday 14 May.

UK Conference of Science Journalists the biennial conference of the Association of British Science Writers, Wednesday 18 June, London. The plenary will discuss 'sexism in science journalism' and 'reproducibility in science'. Other sessions will take a look at new models for funding journalism and how to make science spectacular online. Practical advice includes how to run your own business and being freelance. If you are new to the field, 'Dragon's Den: pitching to editors' provides the opportunity to pitch stories live to three top editors from The Times, Nature and Research Fortnight. Register here now

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 . You can donate here.

Surveys and research

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 of good practice and bad or any other information. Please contact us at

UNESCO is conducting a short, anonymous survey to investigate the types of harassment faced by journalists. Please complete the survey online. For more information or questions,

Research into citizen journalism: an NUJ member is conducting research into how citizen journalism has affected the role of professional journalism in reporting conflict. You can take part in the survey here. For more information you can contact Jack Howson by email at

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 reps. Learn how to get started as a freelance on Friday 16 May and how to market your work and negotiate better deals at the Pitch and Deal course on Friday 23 May.

Reps training, Ireland: a day for members on collective and industrial issues training will be held in Dublin on Thursday 15 May, for anybody interested in getting involved in the union. If you want to attend, please book a place by emailing:

Courses in Wales: NUJ Training Wales offers a programme of subsidised, practical courses in new media and core journalism skills. Forthcoming courses include: how to run a successful social media campaign and shooting and editing video on iPhones and iPads.

Training in Scotland: news about courses in Scotland.

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

Free FEU training workshops: including developing assertiveness, Wednesday May 14, in Birmingham. Creative productivity, Thursday May 22, in London.

Ruskin College, Oxford is recruiting for October 2014 entries. The prospectus for the MA course in International Labour and Trade Union Studies is now available. Open day 7 June. Contact Ian Manborde

Higher Apprenticeship and degree programme for creative industries: the BBC and Pearson College are launching in September a scheme for those looking for a career in business management within the creative industries. The two-year programme is aimed at those without a degree and opens up entry into the creative industries to the broadest range of backgrounds.

Sign the petition, join the action

Ask your MP to sign the early day motion on media plurality. The NUJ and TUC back campaign on media owenership. 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 in every state must be widely owned to ensure their independence 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 Canadian-Egyptian producer Mohamed Fahmy, Australian correspondent Peter Greste, Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed and all other detained journalists.

Save legal aid to protect access to justice for all: sign the petition asking David Cameron to halt the cuts to legal aid.

NUJ update

Join the NUJ online: potential members can apply to join the union online. If you have any queries, email

All members can apply or renew their press card via the 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

The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize:in association with the Guardian and Observer, this comeptiton requires an 800-word article showing a passion for science and the potential to encourage the general public to consider, question and debate key issues in science and society. Deadline Sunday 11 May.

NCTJ Journalism Diversity Fund: the deadline for the next set of applications is Wednesday 14 May at 5pm.

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

The European Journalism Centre grants: supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, these grants reflect the centre's two main aims: safeguarding, enhancing, and future-proofing quality journalism in Europe; and supporting initiatives towards press freedom in emerging and developing countries. Deadline, 23 July.

Jan Fairley Memorial Award: this is to help an Edinburgh-based journalist at the start of his or her career recognise arts journalism with an international outlook. Jan was a orld muisc journalist, passionate campaigner for human rights and an NUJ member. Closing date, Thursday 30 October 2014.

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