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NUJ Active on 8 August, 2014


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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 8 August

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

Media plurality in Europe: We are in the final days of campaigning for this initiative. The deadline for signatures for a Europe-wide petition asking the EU to legislate against the concentration of media ownership and control in the hands of too few companies is Sunday 17 August. Sign the petition by clicking here and promote the petition on Twitter, Facebook, by email or on your blog. Read more about the campaign.

Gaza postcard campaign: The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is calling on affiliates and trade union members to make a commitment to peace and send a postcard to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to ask his support for the ITUC's five-point peace plan. You can send a free postcard via the ITUC website. NUJ members and branches can also send a message to the UN on Twitter using their address @UN You can find more about the peace plan and the campaign 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

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.

Work experience placements: the TUC has published guidance which aims to ensure work experience schemes are high quality and consistent with TUC principles. Guidance for union reps.

Our manifesto for equality: the North West TUC, in conjunction with North West Trade Union Education and North West unionlearn, is holding its annual equality conference in Manchester on Saturday 4 October. 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.

Britain Needs a Pay Rise:TUC national demonstration Saturday 18 October, see this website for transport and other details.

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: 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.

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