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NUJ Active Friday 3 October 2014

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 3 October


TUC demonstration: Britain needs a pay rise. The TUC has organised a demonstration in London to make the case that Britain needs a pay rise on Saturday 18 October. It begins with a march through central London, culminating in a rally in Hyde Park. People are facing the biggest squeeze on their incomes since Victorian times and wages have fallen in real terms every year since 2010. Find out more about the campaign on the NUJ website. Join the NUJ and other trade unions on the march and support the campaign to improve the lives of working people.

Journalism in the age of mass surveillance: the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) are holding an international conference, hosted by Guardian News & Media, to discuss key concerns about press freedom and explore practical ways of safeguarding journalists and their sources. It will take place on Thursday 16 October at Kings Place in London from 09.00-17.00. Speakers include Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, Jim Boumelha, IFJ president, Massimo Mucchetti from Corriere della Sera, Gavin Millar QC from Doughty Street Chambers, Mark Thomas, comedian and political activist, Bernie Lunzer, US Newspaper Guild president, and Izza Leightas, Western European researcher, Human Rights Watch. More details on the NUJ website. To attend, RSVP by 8 October to

From Stress to Success: the London freelance branch has organised a one-day practical workshop to discuss stress, how to manage it and how to insulate against it. The event will be pragmatic and interactive, concentrating on practical skills that can benefit our everyday lives. The event takes place at the London Welsh Centre, Saturday 18 October, and will cost &pound10 for NUJ members, including lunch and refreshments, and £25 for non-members. More details are available on the NUJ website.

Freelance Forum, Dublin is a regular one-day event designed to keep freelance journalists up to date with the latest developments in their industry. Aimed at writers and photographers, it hopes to cover print, broadcast and online, it is organised by Dublin Freelance NUJ branch and will be held on Monday 20 October, 10.00-16.30, at Buswell's Hotel, Molesworth Street. The programme of events is available on the Dublin branch website. Places can also be reserved at the same address. Attendance at the Forum is €10 for NUJ members and €25 for non-members.

Going Freelance, Manchester: a new course for professional photographers who are going freelance or thinking about it will be held on on Saturday 1 November. and To book and more details on the NUJ website.

Women to Blame: 40 years of struggle in Ireland for abortion and contraception. A multimedia exhibition which opens Thursday 6 November in Film Base in Dublin's Temple Bar, will visually represent the events before, during and after 1983 when article 40.3.3 was inserted into the Irish Constitution via referendum. Many journalists were in the vanguard of this movement and feature in the exhibition: Mary Maher, Mary Holland, Mairin De Burca, Anne-Marie Hourihane, Nell McCafferty, Roisin Boyd and more. This project needs funding. If you would like to support it please go to the Facebook page.

Big Youth Debate: the government's policies on jobs and housing are failing young people. Trade unions are concerned about the representation of young people at work and in society. Turnout at the 2010 general election among 18 to 24 year olds was just 43 per cent and fewer than than one in 10 of workers aged 16 to 24 are members of a union. 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 on the NUJ website.


Editor of the Journalist magazine: you should have recieved your ballot paper for the election contest between Christine Buckley and Tim Dawson. There is a special insert about the election in this month's edition of the magazine. The ballot closes on Wednesday 5 November and the result will be announced on Thursday 6 November. If you are eligible to vote, but have not recieved a ballot paper by 8 October then please email to request a replacement ballot paper


The NUJ has condemned police misuse of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) to access material from journalists and their sources. The latest case involves Kent Police obtaining the phone records of Mail on Sunday news editor David Dillon and freelance journalist Andrew Alderson. London's Metropolitan police have also admitted they secretly obtained the phone records of The Sun's political editor Tom Newton Dunn. The NUJ has called on the Interception of Communications Commissioner to launch an urgent review of these powers and their use to access journalistic material and sources. Sign the Press Gazette petition to Save our Sources and find out more on the NUJ website.


Book now for our autumn training courses. The full range of professional and trade union training and free workshops can be found on the NUJ website.To book training please 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.

Higher education discounts for trade union members: a number of universities and colleges that work with unionlearn, the TUC's learning and skills organisation, offer discounts for union members. For more information visit the TUC unionlearn website.

Free workshops: How to drive traffic to your website, Friday 10 October, in London and Creative Productivity on Thursday 23 October, in Birmingham Book on the Federation of Entertainment Unions' website.


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Press cards: all members can apply for or renew their press card on the NUJ website.

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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