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NUJ Active Friday 31 October 2014

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 31 October

Events and resources

Young Workers' Month: November is the TUC's Young Workers' Month and the NUJ is hosting a number of events. It is asking branches and chapels to put on events and include as an agenda item ways to encourage young journalists and PR workers to join the union. The aim of the month is to highlight the issues young workers face, such as unpaid internships, poor pay, bullying and lack of training and to encourage union activism among young people. To mark the month, the NUJ has a special offer for anyone aged 30 or under who joins in November. They will receive a 25 per cent discount on their subscriptions (full membership or temporary) for three months.They can join online on the NUJ website.

The TUC's website has a list of the month's events put on by other unions. It is encouraging young workers to blog during the month. If you are interesting in submitting a blog email

Big Youth Debate: the government's policies on jobs and housing are failing young people and trades unions are concerned about the representation of young people at work and in society. Turnout at the 2010 general election among 18 to 24-year-olds was just 43 per cent and fewer than one in 10 of workers aged 16 to 24 are members of a union. The TUC has organised an event to discuss issues that matter to young people on Saturday 15 November in London. NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet is one of the speakers. Find out more and book your free place on the NUJ website.

Get the best deal: how to pitch for work and get paid properly: this free Federations of Entertainment Unions practical workshop, on Thursday 27 November in London, is aimed at younger members (aged 30 and under). You will learn the basics of pitching your work and negotiating fair rates of pay. Don't get ripped off: find out techniques to promote your work and get paid properly for it. There are limited places on this course, so book early. Reserve your place on the FEU website.

NUJ Young Workers' networking group: the union is a good place for young members to swap information and get young people's issues high on the union's agenda. We will also be putting on a number of networking social events throughout the year. If you are interested in setting up the group or taking part, get in touch with NEC member Alex MacDonald at

Stand up for journalism: democracy and ownership in the age of big media and internet titans: speakers include Michelle Stanistreet, National Union of Journalists general secretary; Granville Williams, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and editor of Big Media and Internet Titans; and Martin Shipton, chief reporter Media Wales. It takes place at Cardiff University on Wednesday 5 November at 17.00. More details and how to book your place on the NUJ events calendar.

Mark Thomas: Cuckooed. The comedian and political activist's new show at the Tricycle Theatre, London, on 1 - 13 December, tells the true story of how he discovered his close friend was spying on him for Britain's biggest arms dealer. It won the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. Book your tickets now. Dates of other gigs in the UK can be found on Mark's website.

Learn how to keep yourself, your source and your story safe online: free one-day course at Goldsmiths, University of London, on Saturday 15 November. You will be taught what tools to use (and not use) under certain conditions and how to overcome state-level attacks on your communications. More details on the course and to book your place on the CIJ website.

The Freedom of Expression Awards: nominate your candidates to the Index on Censorship's award for fighters for free expression. Deadline Thursday 20 November. More details and how to enter on the Xindex website.

Media Workforce Survey 2014: if you work in film, animation, VFX, games, TV, radio, digital media or a supporting industry, please spare just 10-15 minutes to complete the anonymous survey to help the industry and your career.

Take a Stand: a tribute to Manning, Assange and Snowden has been organised by Italian sculptor Davide Dormino.This evening of tributes, talks, film, food and drinks on Wednesday 26 November at 19.30 will take place at the Frontline Club, London. More information on the club's website.

Election for editor of the Journalist magazine

Last chance to vote in the contest between Christine Buckley and Tim Dawson.There is a special insert about the election in this month's edition of the magazine which you can download from the NUJ website. The ballot closes on Wednesday 5 November and the result will be announced on Thursday 6 November. If you have not recieved a ballot paper, please email to request a replacement paper


Support the FBU strike: firefighters have announced four days of strikes in England, commencing on 31 October until 4 November. This follows the Department for Communities and Local Government's refusal to bring any new offer to the table over pensions, despite two months of talks. Visit your nearest picket line. A message from FBU general secretary Matt Wrack on the dispute.


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. The full range of professional and trade union training and free workshops is also 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, Friday 14 November, London. Book on the Federation of Entertainment Unions' website.


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 week day office hours.

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