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NUJ Active January

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 23 January

Events and action

NUJ vacancy for assistant organiser (AO), newspapers, agencies & new media. This is a 12-month, fixed-term contract, based at the National Union of Journalists head office, London. The AO will work across the sectors, reporting into the newspapers, agencies & new media national organiser. This is a new role, with a focus on boosting recruitment. The job will also include associated personal cases. You can find the job specification and where to apply on the NUJ website. Deadline for completed application forms, noon Friday 6 February.

Are you a domestic extremist?The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers lecture on Tuesday 27 January at 18.30-20.00, Basement Lecture Theatre (GSB01), School of Law, London Metropolitan University, 16 Goulston Street, London E1 7TP, includes contributions from NUJ members Jess Hurd, photojournalist and Jason Parkinson, videojournalist; and Shamik Dutta, solicitor for the six journalists challenging the London Metropolitan polices's "domestic extremist" database. Read about the NUJ's legal challenge.


Good practice in workplace mental health seminar: this free TUC conference will feature presentations illustrating positive work with employers to achieve mentally-healthy workplaces and good practice in trade union support for members with mental ill health. The seminar will be of interest to union officers, representatives and activists and takes place from 9.00-13.00, on Thursday 5 February at TUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London. More details and how to book on the TUC 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.


National voter registration drive: the week starting Monday 2 February is to be the focus of a drive by the TUC and member trade unions to campaign to encourage people to join the election register. Young people, disabled people, migrants and ethnic minorities are the most largely under-represented groups and the campaign aims to add 250,000 new names to the register by asking people to sign up in the workplace. You can find out more and download posters and resources from the Bite the Ballot 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.


One Rogue Reporter, Manchester: screening of the must-see film by former Daily Star reporter turned comedian, Rich Peppiatt, on Tuesday 17 February at 18.30, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge St, Manchester. More information and how to book tickets on the NUJ website.


The life and legacy of Claudia Jones: a SERTUC race relations committee event, Friday 6 March, 18.00, at Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS will celebrate the life of the Black nationalist and campaigner for freedom. More information from Laurie Heselden: 020 7467 1292 and You can download the flier on the SERTUC events website.



The NUJ 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.


The Wills writing award, to commemorate journalist Martin Wills, has £3,500 in prizes, including £500 for a new Tweeting competition. The awards are for writing on a horseracing theme and are open to young people resident in the UK and Republic of Ireland. There are three categories: under 26, under 19 and under 15. The deadline is Saturday 28 February. More details on the Wills Award 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.


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: Finance for Freelances, Wednesday 28 January, Bristol; Tools for Goal Setting, Wednesday 11 February, London; and Negotiation for Freelances, Friday 13 February, London. Book on the Federation of Entertainment Unions' website.


Early day motions.Can you please ask you MP to sign the following: EDM 719 Restrictions on Press Freedom in Turkey; EDM 585 on the Closure of Local Newspapers and EDM 670 on the Defence of Journalists and Freedom of Expression. You can contact your MP via the Write to Them website.

NHS workers in England will be taking strike action on Thursday 29 January for 12 hours from 9.00 to protest against the government-imposed pay freeze. Ambulance workers will take action from 12 noon to midnight. Please show solidarity with NHS colleagues by visiting picket lines and by sending messages to your local health workers.


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.

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