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NUJ Active Friday 24 January

Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 24 January

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.

DM Eastbourne 11-13 April: close of amendments and confirmation of motions and DM nominations is 13:00 on Monday 10 February. The preliminary agenda is available on the website.

The NUJ has vacancies on NUJ councils starting in April. The union wants to encourage more members to take part in NUJ democracy, work and decision-making. The full list of vacancies is on the NUJ website.

The NUJ is concerned about the growing number of online threats to journalists. We are building up a database of incidents to collect the evidence, provide guidance to members and campaign. If you have evidence from Twitter, Facebook or other social media, please provide details and email:

Photographs of journalists at work wanted: the NUJ is looking for pictures of journalists from the 1940s to 1970s to use in union recruitment campaign materials. If you have anything suitable please email us at

Reporting on the NHS is the topic for discussion at the London Freelance Branch meeting at 19.00, Monday 10 February, at Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

TUC young workers' conference: if you would like to represent the NUJ and are aged under 27 on 22 March, please email It takes place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March at Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. Read about last year's conference

Ethics council research project: the NUJ ethics council wants to know what incentives, such as freebies, gifts, or threats, such as being denied access to information or events, have been used to try to influence the way a story is reported. Please complete this confidential online questionnaire.

Football v Homophobia: free workshop for journalists on gender, sexuality and sport, with a special focus on football. Industry experts Juliet Jacques (Guardian, New Statesman), Shelley Alexander (BBC sport) and Musa Okwonga (ESPN, Independent) will speak at the BBC Sport event on In London, Wednesday, 12 February.

Domestic violence, impacts at work survey: the TUC (England) , ICTU (Ireland) and STUC (Scotland) are conducting a survey to find out more about how domestic violence affects working life and the role that employers, colleagues, and union reps can play in supporting those experiencing domestic abuse. Deadline Saturday, 1 February.

The People's College is holding two lecture series: Trade unions in a time of change will run on Thursday evenings from 18.30 to 20.00 from 6 February at Congress House, 31/32 Parnell Square, Dublin, and Irish revolution 1913 - 1923 will run on Wednesday nights from 5 February at the INTO Learning Centre at 38 Parnell Square.

South West TUC health & safety conference: speakers at the conference in Exeter, on Wednesday 12 February, will include Hugh Robertson, TUC health and safety policy officer.

Claim against ProQuest: back copies of the NME and other IPC titles are available on a website called ProQuest, for a fee. Much of the content is owned by freelances, but no one has asked their permission.The NUJ is preparing a claim on behalf of its members. Any member who has not already done so should contact the freelance office on

The sound matters: the BBC Academy is presenting a series of free events to raise awareness of loudness and audibility issues in TV sound among BBC staff, indies, freelancers and external suppliers. Each event will feature masterclasses from experienced audio professionals. The events will be held in: Salford, Wednesday 29 January; Glasgow, Wednesday 5 February; Bristol, Tuesday 4 March; Cardiff, Thursday 20 March and Belfast, Thursday 27 March.

Professional and trade union training

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. See dates for courses for reps from stages 1 to 3.

Tools for goal-setting: free FEU workshop, Wednesday 29 January, London. This course will help keep you motivated to get what you want from your career.

Courses in Wales: NUJ Training Wales offers a programme of subsidised, practical courses in new media and core journalism skills.

Training in Scotland: news about courses in Scotland.

Training for reps in Manchester: sessions will be held in the regional office, 111 Piccadilly M1 2HX. Stage 1 basic reps courses will run from 31 January to 1 February, starting at 18.00 on Friday and from 10.00 to 16.00 on Saturday. Travel and accommodation can be arranged on request. Register at

The People's College at 31 Parnell Square, Dublin, is offering basic introductory IT training as part of the Benefit 4 programme. This will be delivered over a number of evenings. For more information contact Fionnuala Richardson

Sign the petition, join the action

Save legal aid to protect access to justice for all: sign this petition to protest against cuts to legal aid.

Stop the judicial harassment against union members in Turkey: hundreds of members and leaders of the trade unions have been arrested, detained, prosecuted and tried for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and to peacefully demonstrate. Sign the petition and this one Justice for journalists in Turkey: supporting an urgent appeal against the life sentences given to Turkish journalists.

Freedom of movement for Palestinian journalists: Palestinian journalists have launched a global petition to campaign for an end to attacks on the media and the refual to issue press cards. Please sign the campaign petition and ask your MP to sign EDM 739

Anabel Hernández: ask your MP to support early day motion (EDM) 909 which salutes the bravery of the Mexican journalist and calls on the Mexican authorities to ensure the safety of investigative journalists.

In defence of public interest and the prosecution of journalists: ask your MP to sign EDM 795 asking the director of public prosecutions to ensure that journalists are able to pursue stories in the public interest without fear of prosecution.

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 for a press card via the website.

Rates for the job: please submit day rates, shift 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

Reuters Institute fellowship programme: the programme enables journalists to conduct research at Oxford University. Applicants must have a minimum of five years' experience. Deadline, noon Friday 31 January.

The Headlinemoney media awards: the nominations for financial services journalism and PR are open and run throughout January. The winners will be revealed at a dinner and presentation ceremony at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in London on Wednesday 7 May.

The Wills writing awards: in memory of journalist and amateur jockey, Martin Wills, this competition is for creative writing (fact or fiction) with a horseracing theme by people aged under 25, resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. There are cash prizes for winners, plus lunch with Jilly Cooper. Deadline, Friday 28 February.

Paul Robinson bursary: sponsored by the NUJ and BBC Northern Ireland, this £1,000 bursary is open to journalism students. Deadline, end of March.