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NUJ Active on Monday 17 February

Welcome to NUJ Active on Monday 17 February

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.

Newsquest strike: members on Newsquest titles in Bradford, York and Darlington have voted in favour of a 24-hour strike on Tuesday 18 February over the transfer of production to a subbing hub in Newport, Wales, which will result in job losses. Tweet messages of support at #NQstrike or send messages of solidairty to @NUJYork, @nujdarlington @NUJBradford and visit Facebook Keep The Echo Northern. Ask your MP to sign early day motion 1088 You can contact your MP via this website

Join the demonstration calling for the release of all detained journalists in Egypt. Journalists are under threat in Egypt, six have been killed and many more injured covering events. Join the NUJ London demonstration at 11.30-13.00 on Wednesday 19 February, calling for the Egyptian authorities to free all those in jail, including Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed of Al-Jazeera, and demanding an end to the crack-down on journalists doing their job on the streets of Cairo and the rest of the country. Sign the petition and read the NUJ briefing on the situation in Egypt.

Undercover, how the police used infiltration and intimacy to monitor activists: investigative journalist Rob Evans is guest speaker at Brighton & Sussex branch on Tuesday 11 March.

The NUJ has vacancies on NUJ councils starting in April. The union wants to encourage more members to take part in NUJ democracy, work and decision-making. The full list of vacancies is on the NUJ website.

The NUJ is concerned about the growing number of online threats to journalists. We are building up a database of incidents to collect the evidence, provide guidance to members and campaign. If you have evidence from Twitter, Facebook or other social media, please provide details and email:

Photographs of journalists at work wanted: the NUJ is looking for pictures of journalists from the 1940s to 1970s to use in union recruitment campaign materials. If you have anything suitable, please email us at

The great British rip off: how can we tackle the living standards crisis?: the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) is organising a series of events where working people and trade unionists will have the chance to discuss the cost of living crisis with a panel of MPs, trade union officials and economic experts. There are two events: in London at 18.00 on Wednesday 12 March and in Newcastle at 18.00 on Thursday 13 March.

WOW women of the world festival: talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls at London's Southbank Centre, Wednesday 5 March to Sunday 9 March.

Trade union events for LGBT history month: see events for the rest of the month.

Stand up against racism and fascism: a day of action against racism has been called across Europe to mark the United Nations international day for the elimination of racial discrimination, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966 to commemorate the day in 1960 when South African police killed 69 people in Sharpeville. Parade from Parliament Square to the rally in Trafalgar Square from 11.00, Saturday 22 March.

The sound matters: the BBC Academy is presenting a series of free events to raise awareness of loudness and audibility issues in TV sound among BBC staff, indies, freelances and external suppliers. Each event will feature masterclasses from experienced audio professionals. The events will be held in: Bristol, Tuesday 4 March; Cardiff, Thursday 20 March and Belfast, Thursday 27 March.

Britain needs a pay rise: the TUC is to organise a mass demonstration in London under the banner of "Britain needs a pay rise". It will take place on Saturday 18 October and will begin with a march through central London, culminating in a rally in Hyde Park.

Professional and trade union training

NUJ training: 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.

Courses in Wales: NUJ Training Wales offers a programme of subsidised, practical courses in new media and core journalism skills.

Training in Scotland: news about courses in Scotland.

Free workshops: on boosting your confidence at Colchester on Wednesday 26 February and getting your cv noticed in London on Friday 7 March.

Sign the petition, join the action

Stop the judicial harassment of union members in Turkey: hundreds of members and leaders of trade unions have been arrested, detained, prosecuted and tried for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and to demonstrate peacefully. Sign the petition and another Justice for journalists in Turkey: supporting an urgent appeal against the life sentences given to Turkish journalists.

Freedom of movement for Palestinian journalists: Palestinian journalists have launched a global petition to campaign for an end to attacks on the media and the refual to issue press cards. Please sign the campaign petition and ask your MP to sign EDM 739

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 for a press card via the website.

Rates for the job: please submit day rates, shift and lineage rates 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, fellowships and prizes

The Wills writing awards: in memory of journalist and amateur jockey Martin Wills, this competition is for creative writing (fact or fiction) with a horseracing theme by people aged under 25 and resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. There are cash prizes for winners, plus lunch with Jilly Cooper. Deadline, Friday 28 February.

Paul Robinson bursary: sponsored by the NUJ and BBC Northern Ireland, this £1,000 bursary is open to journalism students. Deadline, end of March.