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NUJ Active Friday 6 February

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 6 February

Events and action

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.

Move on Up North: the careers and networking event for black, Asian and minority ethnic media professionals returns for a 10th session, this time at MediaCityUK in Salford. Broadcasting executives from across the spectrum will be available for partipants to pitch ideas and/or to seek advice on career progression. This is an event for media professionals; applicants will need to show evidence of their industry experience. Presentations, workshops and networking opportunities will add to the value of the day. Deadline for applications: Wednesday 25 March. You can book and find out more on the event's website.

LGBT History Month: list of trade union events for February on the TUC website.

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: debate with economist Constantin Gurdgiev and Frank Keoghan, TEEU (Technical, Engineering & Electrical Union) president, Friday 27 February at 19.30pm, Wynns Hotel, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1, hosted by Joan Collins TD. The co-organiser is NUJ member, Therese Caherty.

Missing children: researchers at the University of Portsmouth are trying to find out how journalists and news editors make decisions on stories about missing children. The study aims to understand what newsmakers consider the key characteristics of such news stories. The study will help improve working relationships with the police and NGOs which support families of children who have been reported missing. Participants are asked to fill out a short, anonymous survey. For more information, email Dr Karen Shalev Greene at

WOW: the Women of the World Festival returns to London's Southbank Centre from 1-8 March for its fifth birthday. With talks, debates and performances, it celebrates the achievements of women and girls and explores the obstacles still facing them. More information on the Southbank Centre website.

With Banners Held High: an Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom event. This is a rich mix of music, film, drama, debate and exhibitions on Saturday 7 March at the Unity Works, Wakefield. Main speaker: Dennis Skinner MP. More information on the campaign's website.

The Centre for Investigative Journalism Investigative Film Festival: this annual event features some of the world's best investigative documentaries from 20-22 March in association with the University of Westminster. More details on the CIJ 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


To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Campaign for Freedom of Information and raise funds to continue its important work, you can buy a special edition T-shirt featuring a design created by the political cartoonist Steve Bell from the FOI website.

Dispute at the National Gallery: members of the PCS union have been taking action against the gallery's plans to privatise the jobs of 400 of their 600 staff. Please sign a petition against the sell-off and also for the reinstatement of one of the union's reps who has been suspended. You can find more details on the dispute and sign the petitions on the PCS website.

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 and EDM 670 on the Defence of Journalists and Freedom of Expression. 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.


If you want to upgrade or learn new skills, plan ahead for your professional development. The NUJ has courses on shorthand, feature writing, court reporting, financial journalism, book publishing and adding PR to your portfolio. Learn new ways to boost your income and improve your job security. There are lessons in how to build a website for under £50, InDesign and online journalism. There are also dates for popular perennials, Get Started as a Freelance and Pitch and Deal. You can find out more about the courses and how to book on the NUJ website.

New dates for trade union training: latest dates of courses for reps and members in health and safety, negotiating skills, representing members, plus others can be found 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.


Join the NUJ online: please forward this email to colleagues and potential members and ask them to join the NUJ and apply online. Email recrutiment questions or queries to the NUJ:

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.

Update your NUJ membership records: log in to the NUJ website and make sure your membership details are up to date or call the membership department on 020 7843 3700 during weekday office hours.

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