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NUJ Active Friday 7 March 2014

Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 7 March 2014

Tomorrow is international women's day. The NUJ on twitter is @NUJofficial and to mark women's day we have asked union twitter followers - if you could combat sexism in the media, what would you want to do? Tweet us suggestions. #NUJ #womensday

Join a women's day special walking tour in Dublin: celebrate some of the many women who were important in the rebellious years from 1911 to 1916, notably the 1913 Lockout and 1916 Rising. The route traces some of the key stories and places, including Jacob's biscuit factory on Bishop Street, the Women's Suffrage campaign, the 'Antient Concert Rooms' on Great Brunswick [now Pearse] St, and ending at the new Rosie Hackett bridge and Liberty Hall. Booking essential, tickets are free, donations appreciated. Meet tomorrow at 10.50am, at the site of the former Jacob's factory - on the steps of DIT Aungier St.

Jan Fairley award: An award for newer arts journalists with an Edinburgh connection and an international outlook has been established by the NUJ Edinburgh freelance branch in memory of a colleague and writer who was a passionate campaigner for human rights, a lifelong promoter of world music, and had strong connections with Latin America.

I Am Visible events: As part of international women’s day, this is a global celebration of women from all walks of life with events, training workshops and topical debate. “I Am Visible” is dedicated to putting the spotlight on individuals, businesses and campaigns all doing their bit to support women and inspire the next generation to dream without boundaries.

A Bridge for Rosie: Celebration of the Rosie Hackett bridge, brought to you by the Irish Women Workers Union Commemorative Committee and SIPTU at Liberty Hall, Dublin on Saturday 8 March from 7-10pm with Tara Flynn, Kitty Holland, Justine McCarthy, Catherine Ann Cullen, Rachael Hegarty, Nessa O'Mahony, Mary Russell and Enda Wyley

#IWD events are happening everywhere: why not challenge sexism in the media and get active on international women's day?

The WOW festival: Takes place this weekend in London and features speakers discussing topics from politics to afro hair; fat activism to women in the military; being a lesbian to ‘neurotrash’ along with ‘How To’ sessions, life drawing, mentoring workshops and the WOW Marketplace.

TUC Young Workers' month: the NUJ has launched a recruitment video for students and young members, please help the union to recruit new members. Ask a colleague to join the union today.

Brighton branch meeting: The home secretary has ordered a public inquiry into undercover police. Investigative journalist Rob Evans is guest speaker at Brighton and Sussex branch on Tuesday 11 March.

The media, the police and the miners' strike: book launch for Settling Scores by NUJ member Granville Williams, at the council chamber, Leeds civic hall, Calverley Street, Leeds at 7pm Thursday 13 March. Speakers include: Nick Jones, former BBC correspondent; Barbara Jackson, Orgeave Truth and Justice Campaign; and Ray Riley, former miner Frickley colliery, South Elmsall.

NUJ Netherlands branch meeting: the branch will be joined by the organisation Voices of Women Media to speak out about their experiences and show a film made by young migrant women. The meeting is on Tuesday 18 March 8pm in Amsterdam.

The Association of British Science Writers Awards for Britain and Ireland are now open for entry: The NUJ Stephen White Award for best communication and reporting of science in a non science context is included. The Award is made in memory of Stephen White, a highly influential science communicator and NUJ member who sadly died in 2010. The Award is possible due to a bequest by Stephen’s wife Elizabeth.

Stand up against racism and fascism: a day of action against racism to mark UN anti-racism day. Parade from Parliament Square to the rally in Trafalgar Square, London, from 11.00, Saturday 22 March.

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, freelances and external suppliers. Each event will feature masterclasses from experienced audio professionals. The events will be held in: Cardiff, Thursday 20 March and Belfast, Thursday 27 March.

Fair Pay fortnight: the TUC is organising a series of events across England and Wales from Monday 24 March to Friday 4 April to raise awareness about Britain's living standards crisis. Find out what is happening in your area and join the campaign for fair pay and good jobs. Let us know if you are planning to campaign:

The Price of a pay rise and the case for increasing pay for workers in the North West: A free event on Tuesday 25 March at 6pm. Speakers include John Hendy QC, Tim Roache, Professor Jill Rubery, Professor Roger Seifert and Duncan Weldon.

ETUC demonstration on Friday 4 April in Brussels, the slogan is - A new path for Europe - fighting for investments, quality jobs and equality. Brussels branch is organising to attend, for details email:

Family Law Seminar: with major changes in the way family law matters are reported in the Republic of Ireland the NUJ and the Courts Service are hosting a seminar on family law reporting for NUJ members in Dublin on 5 April 2014. A keynote address will be given by Judge Rosemary Horgan, President of the District Court, who will outline the new in camera laws on family and childcare court reporting, address the issue of reporting guidelines and answer the question "What is a bone fide reporter?" Other speakers include: Dr Carol Coulter, Director of Childcare reporting project, Gerry Curran M.A. Media Relations Advisor, the Courts Service/NUJ Cathaoirleach. Register online using password: dolphin.

Wales TUC equality briefing: an opportunity for trade union equality representatives from across Wales to meet with other reps on Thursday 10 April 10am-4pm.

Fighting austerity after the referendum: Paul Holleran, NUJ Scottish organiser, will be one of the speakers at a Trade Union Co-ordinating Group meeting on Monday 14 April, discussing the fight against austerity at the Scottish TUC Congress

Britain needs a pay rise: the TUC is organising a demonstration in London for all trade union members under the banner of "Britain needs a pay rise". It will take place on Saturday 18 October and will begin with a march through central London, culminating in a rally in Hyde Park. Speak to your local branch or chapel and ask local trades council about regional organising and transport.

Latest CPBF podcast online: Bulling in the workplace-stopping the silence.

Professional and trade union training

It’s YOUR union so why not get trained and get involved?

Reps training Ireland: Representing members on collective and industrial issues training in Dublin on Thursday 15 May. For members of chapel committees, branch committees, the Irish Executive Council or anybody interested in getting involved in the union. It is crucial that the NUJ continues to have representatives in workplaces and regions who can assist colleagues every day. Whether you are a veteran activist who wants to brush up on your skills or somebody who has never been a union representative, this training day will be about the do’s and don’ts of representing your colleagues. If you want to attend please book a place by emailing:

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.

Courses in Wales: NUJ Training Wales offers a programme of subsidised, practical courses in new media and core journalism skills. Upcoming courses include: how to build a website; drive traffic to your website and how to run a successful social media campaign.

Training in Scotland: news about courses in Scotland.

Free FEU training workshops: including how to write that book and get it published, London, 21 March.

Sign the petition, join the action

Support NUJ member of honour Mordechai Vanunu: The Supreme Court finally heard his appeal on 25 December. At the hearing Justice Asher Grunis declared "the restrictions are intended to prevent future dissemination of classified material" and the evidence showed that the plaintiff "was still a source of classified information, and is not hesitant to disseminate the information". This remarkable statement was made despite the fact that it is over 28 years since Mordechai last worked at Dimona, the nuclear research centre, and all of 10 years since his 18 year sentence in Ashkelon prison ended. On 21 April 2014 it will be the end of the 10 years since Mordechai walked out of Ashkelon to cheering supporters from around the world. What can Mordechai know that could still be a threat, after over a quarter of a century, to Israel's secret development and stockpiling of nuclear weapons? Only that he was the person that blew the whistle and he is still being punished for that, despite having served 18 years in prison, much of it in solitary confinement. As 21 April approaches we are planning and hoping to raise Mordechai's profile and the fact that he is still being held in Israel against his wishes. He is still being harassed and he is still not a free man. Sign the petition and help the campaign - we are not free until Vanunu is free.

Disabled access now: An NUJ disabled student member has asked the union to promote her petition to make the government publish the cost of making stations accessible.

Sign the peition to defend journalists' rights to inform the public: The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has launched a joint petition with the European publishers' association (European Newspaper Publishers' Association, European Publishers Council and European Magazine Media Association) calling on the EU policy-makers to ensure a journalistic exemption being made in the latest European data protectuion law reform.

Release detained Al Jazeera journalists: ask the Egyptian authorities to stop their persecution and call for the immediate and unconditional release of Canadian-Egyptian producer Mohamed Fahmy, Australian correspondent Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed and all other detained journalists.

Wanted! a million free press supporters: Journalists who want to work for freer and more diverse media have the chance to sign a Europe-wide petition asking the EU to legislate against the concentration of ownership and control in the hands of too few companies.

Save legal aid to protect access to justice for all: sign the petition asking David Cameron to halt the cuts to legal aid.

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

NUJ update

NUJ DM 2014: The final agenda and report for NUJ delegate meeting (NUJ DM) have been added to the dedicated section on the website.

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