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NUJ Active July 25


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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 25 July

The NUJ website has an events calendar which gives details of events, conferences, branch meetings and training courses.

Editor of the Journalist magazine: the NUJ is inviting applications for the post of editor of the Journalist, the union's magazine for members.The post is subject to election by ballot of the membership every five years. It is a full-time position, based at the union's London office. Deadline for applications is noon, Wednesday 10 September. Further details on the NUJ website.

NUJ Ireland reps training: full time union officials help members every day, but the NUJ needs to have representatives in workplaces and regions who can also assist their colleagues on a daily basis. By taking this course on Thursday 25 September in Dublin, you can help to strengthen the NUJ in Ireland. Full details and how to book on the NUJ website.

Copyright and royalties payments: the NUJ had originally raised some questions about the terms of DACS Payback Scheme for 2014. It is now satisfied with the answers provided by DACS and is advising members to make claims. Full information about claiming your share of royalties payback revenue can be found on the DACs website.

Plagiarism survey: the Freelance Industrial Council is gathering information on how members discover their work is being plagiarised, as well as information about contracts. It's your last chance to contribute: Please complete the survey.

Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award: find out more about this award for young journalists working in the developing world. Deadline, 23.59 GMT Friday, August 29. More details and rules on eligibility.

Ross Pritchard Memorial prize: chance to win £750 for writing an essay on "Do the new arrangements between the Labour Party and trade unions promote the political interests of trade unionists?" Open to all trade unionists, closing date Saturday 18 October. Apply on the Facebook page.

Asian Media Awards: from journalists working in local newspapers and internet bloggers to TV presenters and PR experts, the event is dedicated to those who excel in the Asian and mainstream media. Deadline for entries,17.00 Monday 25 August. More details.

Support Locked-out workers: the Irish Congress of Trade Unions is calling on all trade unionists to support 70 members of SIPTU locked out by waste disposal company Greyhound Recycling after they refused to accept pay cuts averaging 35 per cent. The workers have been displaced by others engaged by employment agencies. Union members in the Dublin area have been asked to contact Greyhound Recycling to protest at their actions on 1890 989 998. Callers should request that the company allow workers return to work on the existing collective agreement terms pending negotiations. A boycott is not being suggested at this stage. The ICTU is also encouraging branch and individual donations. Subscriptions to the SIPTU Greyhound Workers Support Fund may be made to Account Number: 75188183. Branch Code: 90-00-33. Bank Identified Code: BOF11E2D. IBAN: IE31 BOFI 90003375 1881 83

TUC Young Workers Open Forum on jobs and employment: join the debate to discuss how young workers can get the fair deal they deserve. Unite the union, Transport House, 211 Broad Street, Birmingham B15 1AY, on Saturday 2 August, 12:00 to 15:00. More details.

Stop the massacre in Gaza: demonstration organised by Stop the War coalition, in London 26 July. Assemble at noon at the Israeli Embassy, 2 Palace Green W8 4QB and march to parliament. More details.

Professional and trade union training

There are places left on Introduction to feature writing Tuesday 29 July and you can sign up for or our Teeline shorthand courses for beginners and intermediate level. The 10-week courses with twice-weekly lessons start in September. New dates for Getting started as a freelance, 5 September and Pitch and Deal, 19 September. The full range of professional and trade union training and free workshops can be found on the NUJ website.To book training please email

Browse the website link NUJ training to see the full range of courses on offer from the NUJ, TUC, General Federation of Trade Unions and Federation of Entertainment Unions. See dates for courses for trade union representatives.

Courses in Wales: NUJ Training Wales offers a programme of subsidised, practical courses in new media and core journalism skills, including how to build a website and how to run a campaign using social media.

Training in Scotland: news about courses in Scotland.

Free workshops: Write that book and get it published, Thursday 21 August, in Brighton, and Creative productivity, Thursday 4 September, in Newcastle. Book on the Federation of Entertainment Unions website.

NUJ update

Join the NUJ online: potential members can apply to join the union online. Please encourage your colleagues to join the union. Any queries can be emailed to

All members can apply or renew their press card via the NUJ website.

Rates for the job: please (anonymously) submit actual rates and fees for freelance work in all media - online especially welcome - and encourage colleagues to do the same.

Update your membership details: log in to the NUJ website and make sure your membership details are up to date.

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