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NUJ Active January 9, 2015

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 9 January

Learn new skills and boost your income in 2015

The new suite of professional courses for this year has now been launched. If you want to upgrade or learn new skills, this is the time to plan ahead for your professional development. There are 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 in 2015: 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: Social Media for Beginners, Friday 16 January, London; Tools for goal-setting, Thursday 22 January, London; Finance for Freelances, Wednesday 28 January, Bristol; and Negotiation for Freelances, Friday 13 February, London Book on the Federation of Entertainment Unions' website.

Events and action

Make media ownership an election issue: Media Reform has been funded to campaign on media ownership throughout 2015 and is holding a public organising meeting at 18-20.00 on Wednesday 21 January in room 112, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0PD. All welcome. Media Ownership Reform: a case for action pdf.

Human Rights Act: join an event at Ruskin College, Oxford, on Friday 9 January at 19.00, with Liberty's Shami Chakrabarti on why the act must not be scrapped. More details on the college website.

News International Wapping Dispute: exhibition at the St Bride Foundation, off Fleet Street, London, on 9 January to 13 February. More information on the NUJ website.

Tax return deadline: you can file your tax return only online for the 31 January deadline. Go on the NUJ website for more information and avoid being fined.


The Magazine and Book Industrial Council has produced a recruitment leaflet. It can be edited to customise it for a workplace campaign and is also suitable for workplaces with unrecognised chapels. You can download it from the branch and chapel materials section on the NUJ website.

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


TUC youth campaign award: the award celebrates effective and innovative campaigning by young trade unionists in the UK. Nominations can be for individual and/or groups of young workers aged 30 or under. Please submit nominations to, by Friday 20 February.


Picturehouse: sign the petition asking the cinema chain to pay its workers a living wage.


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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