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NUJ Active on Friday 18 April

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 18 April

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.

Delegates Meeting: a special DM edition of NUJ Informed will be out soon. You can read the DM round-up on the NUJ website.

Ethics and Society: journalism and the internet: second debate on ethics and society initiated by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, in Dublin, Thursday 24 April. Speakers include: Kevin O'Sullivan, editor, The Irish Times; Padraic Reidy, editor, Index on Censorship; Susan Daly, editor, The and Seamus Dooley, NUJ Irish Secretary.

Reclaim the media: UK Coalition for media pluralism: public meeting on Monday 28 April in Committee Room 8, House of Commons, to open a serious debate on the need to limit the concentration of media ownership and to increase the range of voices in the local and national media. Speakers include: Tom Watson MP (chair), Caroline Lucas MP, John McDonnell MP, Michelle Stanistreet. Register to attend here

Fighting austerity after the referendum: Paul Holleran, NUJ Scottish organiser, will be one of the speakers at a Trade Union Co-ordinating Group fringe meeting on Monday 14 April, discussing plans to fight against austerity after the Scottish referendum at the Scottish TUC Congress

Workers' Memorial Day: will be celebrated on Monday 28 April and this year's theme is "Protecting workers around the world through strong regulation, enforcement and union rights". List of local events on the TUC website

London Labour Film Festival: a host of diverse and stimulating films, screening from 28 April-2 May, celebrate global social commitment through the art of cinema.

Apprenticeships and Equality: is a joint conference hosted by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, the National Apprenticeship Service and the TUC in London on Tuesday 29 April.

May Day: this year's parade organised by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions will take place on Thursday, 1 May. Assemble at 18.00 in the Garden of Remembrance,. #DublinMayDay.

London May Day Organising Committee: march and rally "Trade Union Rights - Workers' Rights - International Solidarity". Assemble Clerkenwell Green, London, at noon Thursday 1 May. March starts at 13.00 to Trafaglar Square for rally.

International Workers' Day: Wales in a Social Europe: Thursday 1 May from 11:45 to 12:30, National Assembly for Wales.

Tribute to Tony Benn: Thursday 1 May from 19:00 to 21:00 in The New Room, John Wesley's Chapel, 36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE. Free event, but pre-registration is essential.

What Journalists Should Know About Digital Media and the Law: this event in Dublin on Saturday 10 May, organised by the NUJ, discusses how to use social media, social media and defamation, and intellectual property rights.

General Federation of Trade Unions "Next Generation Festival" for young union members will be held from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 May, Loughborough.

International conference on health journalism: the NHS is facing huge cuts and sweeping changes. How can journalists and PRs respond in an ethical and informed way? The First, Do No Harm conference brings together a host of experts from journalism and health to discuss the issues at Coventry University from Wednesday 14 - Friday 16 May.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers: a seminar, chaired by Andrew George MP, will allow community members, policy makers, media professionals and others to debate how Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are represented in the media. It will be held in the Thatcher room, Portcullis House, 18.30-20.30 on Wednesday 14 May.

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 . You can donate here.

UNESCO is conducting a short, anonymous survey to investigate the types of harassment faced by journalists. Please complete the survey online. For more information or questions,

Journalism and ethics: Can you help an NUJ student member with research which explores journalists' understanding of ethics and asks for examples of situations in which their own ethical beliefs were put under pressure by work commitments. You can fill in the survey here. Any questions, email Nate Kett at

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 reps. Learn how to get started as a freelance on Friday 16 May and how to market your work and negotiate better deals at the Pitch and Deal course on Friday 23 May.

Reps training, Ireland: a day for members on collective and industrial issues training will be held in Dublin on Thursday 15 May, for anybody interested in getting involved in the union. If you want to attend, please book a place by emailing:

Courses in Wales: NUJ Training Wales offers a programme of subsidised, practical courses in new media and core journalism skills. Forthcoming courses include: driving traffic to your website; how to run a successful social media campaign; and shooting and editing video on iPhones and iPads.

Training in Scotland: news about courses in Scotland.

Training in Brussels: two forthcoming courses, Pitch and Deal on Saturday 26 April and Confused by Twitter? What you need to know on Wednesday 18 June.

Free FEU training workshops: including developing assertiveness, Friday 25 April, in London and Wednesday May 14, in Birmingham. Creative productivity, Thursday May 22, in London.

Ruskin College, Oxford is recruiting for October 2014 entries. The prospectus for the MA course in International Labour and Trade Union Studies is now available. Open day 7 June. Contact Ian Manborde or telephone 01865 759 653.

Sign the petition, join the action

ShareAction: shareholders are voting on executive pay, let's get them to fix poverty wages instead. Send an email to your pension fund and tell it to vote against excessive pay at the top and poverty pay at the bottom.

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

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 in every state must be widely owned to ensure their independence from the state and the influence of powerful corporate owners.

Save legal aid to protect access to justice for all: sign the petition asking David Cameron to halt the cuts to legal aid.

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 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

NCTJ Journalism Diversity Fund: the deadline for the next set of applications is Wednesday 14 May at 5pm.

Black Minority Ethnic Young Columnist of the Year: this competition launched by UK charity the Citizen Journalism Educational Trust, The-Latest.Com and the Guardian is open to people aged 18-24. No previous journalistic experience or qualification is needed. Deadline: 5pm on Friday 2 May.

Mary Raftery Journalism Fund: applications are now open for funds for journalistic work which promote investigative coverage of issues serving the public interest and to expose injustices in Irish society. The deadline for applications is Friday 20 June at 5pm. A workshop will be held on Friday 25 April for prospective applicants.

The European Journalism Centre grants: supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, these grants reflect the centre's two main aims: safeguarding, enhancing, and future-proofing quality journalism in Europe; and supporting initiatives towards press freedom in emerging and developing countries. Deadline, 23 July.

Jan Fairley Memorial Award: this is to help an Edinburgh-based journalist at the start of his or her career recognise arts journalism with an international outlook. Jan was a orld muisc journalist, passionate campaigner for human rights and an NUJ member. Closing date, Thursday 30 October 2014.

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