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NUJ Active Friday 6 March

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 6 March

Events and action

Federation of Entertainment Unions event on policies for the arts & the media: NUJ members are invited to an event to ask politicians about their policies on the media and arts on Wednesday 22 April, at the Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA. Chaired by Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary. Speakers include Chris Bryant, shadow minister for the arts, Martin Dobson, Green party spokesman for culture, media & sport, other party speakers to be confirmed. Find out more and reserve your ticket on the NUJ website.

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 publishing@nuj.org.uk

Diversity in the Media: the NUJ Black members' annual general meeting will be asking why it is 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. To be held on Thursday 9 April, at Headland House, Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP To book a place, email Lena Calvert, equality officer at lenac@nuj.org.uk

Interception of communications and equipment interference, draft codes of practice: the NUJ is putting in a submission to this consultation and would like your feedback. You can read the consultation document on the gov.com website (Deadline, Friday 20 March at 23:45) and send your contributions to campaigns@nuj.org.uk

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.

Making the media an election issue: Media Manifesto launch, Wednesday 18 March at 18.30,Committee Room 9, House of Commons.It will be hosted by John McDonnell MP, plus speakers from the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF) and Media Reform Coalition. All welcome. More details at the CPBF 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.

Facebook for photographers and videographers: a closed Facebook group for NUJ members who are professional photographers and videographers has been set up called Union Photographers & Videographers. All NUJ visual journalists are encouraged to join and participate.

Freedom of Information training: making a FOI request is straightforward but making an effective request can be more difficult. This practical course at the Human Rights Action Centre, London EC2A 3EA, on Wednesday 22 April, will help campaigners, journalists and others make the most of the Act and the parallel Environmental Information Regulations and describes how to challenge unjustified refusals. Find out more and book a place.

Media freedom:The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is conducting a survey regarding legal restrictions on journalists and media freedom. The aim is to provide an overview of legal restrictions on journalists and media freedom to EU policy-makers. The information will be used by the EFJ to push for legislative action and political support to ensure that journalists can enjoy their rights to freedom of expression. Please complete this short EFJ survey.

Support

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.

Privacy International (PI) has launched a campaign and platform allowing people to ask the UK's surveillance court, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, if GCHQ has spied on them illegally. This follows the recent legal victory which found intelligence sharing from the NSA to GCHQ prior to December 2014 was unlawful. You are entitled under British law to find out whether you were illegally spied on. For more information and to sign the petition visit the PI website.

Resources

Copyright: the BBC has produced a new website, Copyright Aware, explaining the subject of copyright, your rights and the rights of others on the BBC website.

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

Awards

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.

Finnish scholarship: thisisFINLAND is a foreign correspondents' programme from 10-28 August.The programme, organised by the Finnish embassy, includes briefings on various subjects, meetings with Finnish professionals and visits to business enterprises, cultural sites and institutions. It also includes a weekend stay as the guest of a Finnish family.To be eligible you must have been born between 1986 and 1995. Deadline for applications Sunday 15 March, 23.59. Find out more and how to apply on the Finnish embassy website.

Training

Last chance to sign up to March's professional courses, which include 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. Also, new courses in Teeline shorthand. 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: training@nuj.org.uk

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: Dealing with Setbacks, how the tough keep going! Thursday 19 March, London; Stress-busting for Freelances, Thursday 2 April, London. Book on the Federation of Entertainment Unions' website.

Updates

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: recruit@nuj.org.uk

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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