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NUJ Active on 27 August



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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 22 August

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

Women in broadcasting: the House of Lords Communications Committee is holding an inquiry into women in news and current affairs broadcasting. The NUJ will be submitting evidence and would like to hear from you if you are a woman member working in broadcasting or have recently worked as a broadcast journalist. Can you please fill in this short short survey. Details of the inquiry.

The Big Youth Debate: jobs, homes & voice. Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, will be joining speakers at a TUC Young Workers' Month event on Saturday 15 November to discuss progressive and radical approaches to address the problems young people face. Full list of speakers and how to book on the NUJ website.

Going Freelance: a new course for professional photographers who are going freelance or thinking about it. More details and to book for Saturday 15 September in London and book for Manchester on Saturday 1 November.

Reps Training: new dates in autumn for reps courses at all levels can be found on the NUJ website.

Special seminar on tax for the self-employed: accountancy firm HW Fisher will be covering tax and NI for the self-employed; setting up in business; self-assessment; allowable expenses; operating via a limited liability company and other topics. The final hour will be devoted to a Q and A session. In London, Tuesday 16 September. Free for members, £15 for non-members. More details on the NUJ website. To reserve a place, email

Meeting on the situation in Ukraine: Book branch would like to extend an invitation to all members to attend its next meeting at 6.30 on Tuesday 2 September, at Headland House, NUJ London HQ, to hear NUJ member and Russia and east European expert Simon Pirani speaking on aspects of the situation in Ukraine, with particular reference to trade unionists. More details on the NUJ events calendar.

Climate change and financial investments:this free training workshop, supported by the NUJ, Unison and the responsible investmen charity, ShareAction, will provide an overview of the relationships between climate change and financial investments. By working through case studies and taking part in group discussions, attendees will become better equipped to assess their funds' climate risk exposure and understand how to take to start tackling them. At 10.15-13.00, Thursday 4 September, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY. RSVP Katherine Baird on 020 7403 7806 or More details on the NUJ events page.

March for Marriage: activists, allies, lobby groups, trade union members, families and friends will be taking to the streets of Dublin on Sunday 24 August, assembling at 14.30 at City Hall, in a non-partisan, united attempt to persuade the government to open the existing civil marriage laws to same-sex couples.The event is supported by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and affiliates. More details.

Higher education discounts for trade union members: a number of universities and colleges that work with unionlearn, the TUC's learning and skills organisation, offer discounts for union members. More details

Fringe meetings at TUC Congress: Building the Fight against Austerity, Monday 8 September, 12.45, Hall 12, BT Convention Centre, Liverpool, and The Great Pay Robbery,Tuesday 9 September, 5.30pm, Suite 4, Jury's Inn (opposite the Convention Centre). Speakers and more information on the TUCG website.

Media and Journalism Fellowships: American journalist Angela Washeck has compiled a useful list of international media and journalism fellowship programs for the Mediashift site.

Professional and trade union training

Places still available on the two-day course Creative writing for journalists, starting Thursday 28 August. 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: Creative productivity, Thursday 4 September, in Newcastle; Run a successful social media campaign, Thursday 11 September, London; and How to shoot and edit video with an iPhone or iPad, Friday 12 September, London. Book on the Federation of Entertainment Unions' website.

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