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NUJ Active Friday 20 February

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 20 February

Events and action

Masterclass on reporting the NHS: with the NHS becoming one of the most controversial issues in the general election campaign, how do reporters, writers and PRs find the stories and represent them fairly? This free masterclass, with an expert panel, on Thursday 19 March, 18.30-21.00, Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Rd, London WC1X 8D, aims to show how. Speakers include: Andrew Gregory, health editor, The Mirror; Shaun Lintern, senior reporter, Health Service Journal; Professor Allyson Pollock, professor of public health research at Queen Mary, University of London; Dr John Lister, senior lecturer in journalism, Coventry University; Caroline Molloy, editor, Our NHS/Open Democracy. More information and how to book on the NUJ website.

The Drum Online Media Awards 2015, which recognise journalistic excellence in digital journalism, has launched its call for entries. Award categories include: best site for news-led journalism; best local/regional news site; best specialist site for journalism; best use of social media; online editor of the year; and digital writer of the year.The deadline for entries is Friday 13 March at 17.00. Find out more and how to enter on the NUJ website.

Journalism Entrepreneurship Summit: journalism entrepreneurship isn't new. What is new is the level of interest among seasoned and would-be entrepeneurs, business start-up support agencies, funders, policy makers, educators and researchers concerned about the health of the fourth estate. NUJ vice-president, Tim Dawson, joins a panel of experts on the subject on Friday 27 February, 9.00-17.30, Campus London, 4-5 Bonhill St, Shoreditch EC2A 4BX. More information and how to book on the event's website.

NUJ vacancies: the NUJ is a democratic and campaigning union and represents all sectors of the media industry. One way members can get involved is by volunteering to stand for election for the union's councils - by geographic area or by sector. The union wants to promote fair representation on its councils and committees, so we encourage young members, black members, disabled members and women members to stand for vacancies. The deadline for nominations for current vacancies is 20 April 2015. You can learn more about the union's democratic structures and how to be nominated on the NUJ website.

Fair Pay Fortnight: from 16 February to 1 March the TUC is running a series of events to raise awareness about Britain's cost of living crisis. The list of events and more information can be found on the the TUC website. NUJ branches and chapels are encouraged to get involved. For support and assistance email

Protection of sources survey: Can you take part in a 10-question, multiple choice survey for student member Charles Heasman's degree dissertation at Dublin Institute of Technology, on the protection of sources in an age of enhanced technological surveillance capabilities. Click here to complete the survey.


No privatisation at National Gallery: day of action on Thursday 26 February and rally outside the gallery at 13.30. Sign the petition by clicking here.

Early day motions: Please ask you MP to sign the following: EDM 719 Restrictions on Press Freedom in Turkey; EDM 585 on the Closure of Local Newspapers, EDM 352 on Safeguarding Journalists and their Sources, EDM 670 on the Defence of Journalists and Freedom of Expression and EDM 796 on the Transfer of National Gallery staff to the private sector. You can contact your MP via the Write to Them website.


You can find NUJ publications, campaign, recruitment and branch materials on the NUJ website.


European Journalism Centre is calling for applications for its Innovation in Development Reporting grant programme. Journalists and media organisations can submit applications until Wednesday 25 February on the EJC website. The programme aims to advance creative reporting of international development issues.


Last chance to sign up to March's professional courses, which include How to build your own website; Getting the most out of business and trade journalism; Boost your income and job security; Get started in InDesign; Online journalism; and Introduction to feature writing. More information, where to book and all other professional courses on the NUJ website. Dates for reps' training can be found at on the NUJ website. 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: Tools for Goal Setting, Wednesday 11 February, London; and Negotiation for Freelances, Friday 13 February, London; Negotiation for Freelances, Wednesday 4 March, Colchester. Book on the Federation of Entertainment Unions' website.


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Rates for the job: please (anonymously) submit actual rates and fees for freelance work in all media and encourage colleagues to do the same.

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