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NUJ Active on Friday 4 April

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Welcome to NUJ Active onFriday 4 April

Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 4 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.

What all journalists need to know about the Defamation Act 2013: this act is now in force and has introduced major changes which affect how journalists work. Tamsin Allen and Athalie Matthews of Bindmans law firm will guide members through the changes at NUJ Headland House, London, on Wednesday 16 April at 18.30. Free for members. Register at

Jonathan Heawood has launched The IMPRESS Project to establish a press regulator which protects press freedom and upholds decent standards of journalism. He would be very happy to talk about his plans for IMPRESS at local NUJ meetings anywhere in the country. More information about the project is published in a comment piece by Jonathan on the NUJ website. If you want to request a speaker for an NUJ event, email

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

Journalists and post-traumatic stress disorder: NUJ member Sian Williams is carrying out a survey of those who have reported from a war or disaster zones. The questionnaire takes 6-10 minutes to fill in, is anonymous and confidential. It is designed to try to understand how we adapt after working on difficult and traumatic news stories and what lessons can be learned to protect ourselves and our colleagues. If you have any queries email

Family law seminar: major changes have been made in the way family law matters are reported in the Republic of Ireland and the NUJ and the Courts Service are hosting a seminar on family law reporting for NUJ members in Dublin on 5 April. Register online using password: dolphin.

NUJ Freelance Forum, Dublin: The NUJ Freelance Forum is a regular one-day seminar organised by the Dublin Freelance NUJ branch. The next forum will take place on Monday 7 April at Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street.The opening session includes commissioning editors talking about what they are looking for when you pitch. Further details, including booking information and a programme for the day, is available on the branch website. If you require any further information, please email:

Tony Benn: the ideas that could shape our future: event to celebrate the legacy of Tony Benn, Wednesday 9 April, 19.00- 20.30, Committee Room 9, House of Commons. Speakers include: John McDonnell MP, Hilary Wainwright, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Andrew Fisher, Ellie Mae O'Hagan, Ian Lavery MP.

Wales TUC Equality Conference 2014: sign up to attend the second Wales TUC Annual Equality Conference on Thursday 10 April, at the Village Hotel, Ewloe, North Wales. Catch up on current information on equality issues in Wales and how they affect trade unionists.

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.

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.

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 2014.

Free FEU training workshops: including developing assertiveness, 25 April 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

Britain Needs a Pay Rise : ordinary people are not sharing in the proceeds of economic growth, and millions of low-paid workers are becoming trapped in an unbreakable cycle of poverty. Sign the TUC petition to David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg asking them to make fair pay for everyone a central part of their 2015 manifesto.

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.

Free Journalist Mohamed A. Mudey: sign the petition in support of the Somali journalist sentenced to prison in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for 27 years. His charges have been described as "ludicrous" by the International Federation of Journalists.

NUJ update

NUJ DM 2014: the final agenda and report for the NUJ delegate meeting have been added to the dedicated section on the website. Watch the website for daily updates from DM.

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

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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