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NUJ Active on 16 May

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 16 May

The NUJ website has an events calendar which gives details of events, conferences, branch meetings and training courses. Click on the event titles below for more information.

New programme of NUJ professional training: whether you want to learn to build a website, take high-quality pictures on your smartphone, become a video-journalist, travel writer, publish a book or add PR skills to your freelance portfolio, the NUJ can help. As an NUJ member you will receive discounted rates on these competitively-priced courses that will meet all your career needs. The full range of professional and trade union training and free workshops can be found on the NUJ website .To book now email

There are just a few places left for Pitch and deal on Friday 23 May.

Moving into PR?: this event in Manchester, on 14 June, organised by the NUJ's Public Relations and Communications Council, presents advice, information and tips from PR professionals to help those thinking of moving into public relations. Book your ticket.

Settling Scores: London open meeting, 19.00-20.30, Wednesday 28 May, Housmans Book Shop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX. Speakers: Nick Jones and Tony Harcup both contributors to the CPBF book marking the 30th anniversary of the great miners'strike. Chaired by Pat Holland (CPBF).

UK Conference of Science Journalists: the biennial conference of the Association of British Science Writers, Wednesday 18 June, London.The plenary will discuss sexism in science journalism and reproducibility in science. Other sessions will take a look at new models for funding journalism and how to make science spectacular online. Practical advice includes how to run your own business and how to become a freelance. If you are new to the field, 'Dragon's Den: pitching to editors' provides the opportunity to pitch stories live to three top editors from The Times and Nature and Research Fortnight. Register now

No More Austerity: demand the alternative march: join the People's Assembly demo on Saturday 21 June, which starts at 13.00 at the BBC HQ, Portland Place, London W1 1AA (Oxford Circus tube) for the march to Parliament. Buy tickets for the Stand up Against Austerity: benefit gig, at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, 19.00, Monday 7 July. Performers include Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Stewart Lee, Shappi Khorsandi, Francesca Martinez, Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Hardy, Mark Steel, Jen Brister, Robin Ince, Kate Smurthwaite.

The Centre for Investigative Journalism summer school: a mixture of keynote lectures and discussions, talks and hands-on workshops. Speakers include Dana Priest of the Washington Post and Julian Assange, 4-6 July, Goldsmiths College, University of London. Special NUJ rates.

A debate on older women in the labour market: do current labour market policies acknowledge the special challenges faced by older women? What kind of changes should older women be seeking? Speakers include Sharon Hodgson MP, shadow minister for women, families and equality issues, and Scarlet Harris, women's equality officer, TUC, on Monday 30 June, 16.30-18.30, Committee Room 8, House of Commons, SW1H 9NB. To reserve your place email Joy White

Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival: three days of music, speakers, poetry and stalls for all the family, 18-20 July.

Going the extra mile for NUJ Extra: Chris Morley, Northern and Midlands Organiser is walking the Pennine Way to raise funds for the NUJ hardship charity NUJ Extra. Donate today.

Surveys and research

The TUC and Scottish TUC have launched a survey on job insecurity. The main focus is zero hours, contract workers, agency workers and those in temporary work, but the TUC is also keen to hear from other workers who face problems of short-hours working, job insecurity and/or low pay. The findings will provide data for a campaign. Complete the survey, which closes on Friday 20 June. The TUC is also keen to hear from women who have been treated unfavourably while pregnant, on maternity leave, or on return to work; fill in the anonymous survey.

Internships: the NUJ is part of a steering group for Internstage, an EU-funded research project examining the varied experiences of internships, work placements and volunteering in six European countries. We are looking for case studies in the media or any other information. Please email

Research into citizen journalism: an NUJ member is conducting research into how citizen journalism has affected the role of professional journalism in reporting conflict. Take part in the survey. For more information you can contact Jack Howson by email

Professional and trade union training

Browse on the website link NUJ training to 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 trade union representatives.

Courses in Wales: NUJ Training Wales offers a programme of subsidised, practical courses in new media and core journalism skills. The website also includes free resources, including up-to-date information on the topics of media law and ethics, such as copyright and contempt of court, new media, such as Twitter lists, writing for the web and useful tips, such as calculating percentages.

Training in Scotland: news about courses in Scotland.

Training in Brussels: Confused by Twitter? What you need to know on Wednesday 18 June.

Free FEU training workshops: including Creative productivity, Thursday May 22, in London; Negotiation for freelances, Friday 6 June, Brighton; and How to drive traffic to your website, June 13, London.

Higher apprenticeship and degree programme for creative industries: the BBC and Pearson College are launching a scheme for those looking for a career in business management within the creative industries. The two-year programme which begins in September is aimed at those without a degree and opens entry into the creative industries to the broadest range of backgrounds.

Sign the petition, join the action

Stop BSkyB from buying Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia: these acquisitions would give Sky effective control over two of Europe's largest pay-TV broadcasters and create a European pay-TV giant. Sign the petition calling on the European Commission to investigate the proposed acquisition and block any deal until all public interest issues have been addressed.

Ask your MP to sign the early day motion on media plurality: the NUJ and TUC back the campaign on media ownership. You can contact your MP via this website.

European initiative for media pluralism: if this petition achieves one million signatures, the EU commission must discuss issuing a directive to ensure that commercial media is independent from the state and the influence of powerful corporate owners.

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

NUJ update

Join the NUJ online: potential members can apply to join the union online. If you have any queries, email

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.

Bursaries, awards, fellowships and prizes

Medical Journalists' Association summer awards: prizes for a range of categories of medical journalism. All submitted material must have been published or broadcast between May 30, 2013 and May 27, 2014. Deadline end of this month. Any queries, contact Philippa Pigache at

Mary Raftery Journalism Fund: applications are now open for funds for journalistic work which promote investigative coverage of issues serving the public interest and exposing injustices in Irish society. The deadline for applications is Friday 20 June at 5pm.

Jan Fairley Memorial Award: this is an award for an Edinburgh-based journalist at the start of his or her career writing about the arts. Jan was a world music journalist, passionate campaigner for human rights and an NUJ member. Closing date, Thursday 30 October 2014.

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