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NUJ Active Friday 20 March

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 20 March

Events and action

FEU pre-election events on the policies on arts and the media: the Federation of Entertainment has organised a series of free events for members so they can quiz politicians, including shadow culture minister Chris Bryant, about their policies on the creative industries and add to the debate. They will be held: in Manchester on Thursday 9 April, 18.00-20.00 at the Mechanics Mechanics Institute, details of speakers and reserve your place on Eventbrite; in Cardiff on Friday 10 April at midday-14.00 at the Radisson Blu hotel, lunch provided, you can book your place at; in Birmingham on Tuesday 21 April, from 18.30-20.30 at the Arden Suite, Holiday Inn, contact 0161 848 8489; in Glasgow, on Wednesday 15 April at The Hampden Park stadium from 18.30-20.30, contact 0141 314 0060; and in London on Wednesday 22 April, at the Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, from 18.30-21.00. Find out more and reserve your ticket on the NUJ website.

Surveillance: Press Gazette has organised a public meeting on Monday 30 March at 6.30pm about journalists, surveillance and the police. How can the secret state learn to live with the fourth estate? The speakers include: Andy Trotter, former chief constable of British Transport Police ex ACPO media lead; Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief of Guardian News and Media; Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists; and Sir David Omand, former UK security and intelligence coordinator and an ex director of GCHQ. To book a place at the event visit the City University event page.

Major industrial summit for newspapers and agencies: the union's newspapers and agencies industrial council is holding an event for reps to discuss the challenges in the industry and how chapels and branches can respond, in Birmingham, from 10.30-16.00 on Saturday, April 25 at Unite's office, Transport House, 211 Broad Street, Birmingham B15 1AY. More information on the NUJ website. You can reserve your place by e-mailing

Equality: The NUJ has organised a public meeting followed by the Black members AGM. Diversity in the Media: why so hard to achieve? Come and hear Samantha Asumadu of Media Diversified and NUJ organiser Dominic Bascombe (formerly Father of the Chapel at the Voice) speak on this perennial problem. The meeting will take place in London, all welcome, on Thursday 9 April, at Headland House, Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP. To book a place, email Lena Calvert, NUJ equality officer:

Photography: the Birmingham and Coventry branch have organised a public meeting about news photographers as part of the NUJ local news matters campaign on Tuesday 14 April 7-9pm at Birmingham Council House. All welcome. For more information visit the event page on the NUJ website.

Is sexist abuse forcing women out of journalism?: since Gamergate, online trolling of women writing about technology seems to be at an all-time high. Academic researcher and journalist Catherine Adams is conducting a survey to try to find out the extent of sexist abuse and what can be done about it. If you're a woman who's ever written about tech, please help by answering these five short questions on SurveyMonkey. If you would be willing to offer any more information, please email me, or Tweet @catherinecadams

NUJ elections: Unfilled seats are available on a range of NUJ councils and they are open to nomination by branches. The deadline for nominations is 20 April 2015. Successive NUJ conferences (NUJ DM) have agreed that more needs to be done to reflect the union's diversity of membership, and more specifically, to persuade women members to take up seats on the NEC and on union councils and committees. There is also under-representation of young and disabled people, as well as those from Black or minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds. The union is encouraging members to volunteer and reminds chapels and branches to encourage members from under-represented groups to get involved in the union's democratic structures. Go to the full list of vacancies available on the NUJ website.

Ethics in the workplace: the NUJ is encouraging members in Ireland to take part in the initiative, organised by President Michael D Higgins, exploring the role of ethics in the workplace. Find out more and how to take part on the Ethical Workplace website.

Morgan inquiry appeal: Baroness Nuala O'Loan, chair of the Daniel Morgan independent panel, has made the following appeal: We are approaching the 28th anniversary of Daniel Morgan's murder. We want to hear from anyone who believes that they may have information which is relevant to our work. If you believe you have any such information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please contact us by email Go to the Justice for Daniel campaign website for more information.

Register to vote: young people, disabled people, migrants and ethnic minorities are the most largely underrepresented groups on the electoral register. The TUC and trade unions are taking part in the National Voter Registration Drive for 2015 to help raise awareness of voter registration in workplaces and add 250,000 new names to the electoral register. You can download the pack with leaflets and posters from the TUC website

Police inquiry: Peter Francis, former member of the Metrpolitan Police Force's Special Demonstrations Squad, has revealed that Unison, the Fire Brigades Union, the Communication Workers Union, National Union of Teachers, and the construction workers union UCATT, together with the family of Stephen Lawrence, anti-racist groups, civil society organisations and political campaigners were spied on by the police. Campaigners have welcomed the judge-led public inquiry into the abuse of women by undercover police officers but unions are calling for the remit of the inquiry to include the involvement of state agencies in the operation of blacklisting and the covert surveillance of lawful trade union activities. A petition has been launched to call on the Home Secretary to make assurances that the Official Secrets Act will not be used to prevent whistleblowers from making further disclosures to the inquiry.

Stand up to racism and fascism: join the national demonstration tomorrow, Saturday, 21 March, in London. Assemble at 12 noon at BBC Portland Place marching to Trafalgar Square. More details on the NUJ website.

Apple offer for NUJ members: Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the all-new Force Touch trackpad, fifth generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Graphics 6100, two times faster flash and longer battery life, bringing even more performance and capabilities to our pro customers. It has also updated the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air with fifth generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD Graphics 6000, and Thunderbolt 2, and added up to two times faster flash to the 13-inch MacBook Air. NUJ members can save up to £90 on MacBook Pro and up to £70 on MacBook Air by visiting the NUJ Apple Online Store.


Campaign for a diverse and independent media:sign the Media Reform Coalition's petition calling on the parties involved in the general election to include a manifesto commitment to new legislation to prevent damaging media concentration and to encourage a more plural media at both national and local levels.

Save BBC3: sign this petition to stop the BBC's plans to make the channel on-line only.


If you want to order NUJ mugs, pens, bags, leaflets and posters for your workplace then please complete the order form on the NUJ website. Some items are free, some have a price. Branches and chapels are encouraged to use their existing budgets to stock up and start recruiting new members. Check out what stock is currently available on the dedicated members-only recruitment materials page on the NUJ website and you can submit an order at the bottom of the web page.

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


Refugee festival Scotland: media award nominations are now open for journalists in Scotland reporting asylum and refugee issues. The awards are coordinated by the Scottish Refugee Council, British Red Cross and the NUJ. The awards recognise high quality, fair and accurate coverage. Journalists are invited to nominate their own work or the work of their colleagues. Entries can be drawn from news coverage, features or opinion pieces. For more information visit the Scottish Refugee Council website.

2015 Statistical Journalism Awards: anybody working in the media is eligible to enter a story making good use of statistics or data during the 2014 calendar year.The awards recognise writers and broadcasters for their good - and accurate - use of numbers. The entries will be judged by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS).There are four categories: regional journalism; investigative journalism; explaining the facts; and data visualisation. The deadline for nominations is 17.00 Friday 27 March. More information and how to apply on the RSS website.


Improve and add to your professional skills with courses including: Online journalism, Introduction to feature writing, Court reporting, Teeline, Addig PR to your Portfolio and many others. More information, where to book 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: Stress-busting for Freelances, Thursday 2 April, London. Book on the Federation of Entertainment Unions' website.


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