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NUJ Active 16 August

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Welcome to NUJ Active on Friday 16 August

Still locked out? NUJ Ireland women's conference, Saturday 21 September at 12.00 at the Teachers' Club, Dublin. To register for this free event, please contact Lena Calvert, NUJ equality officer via email For list of speakers and more details on the NUJ website

Open meeting for 60+ members on Wednesday 2 October at Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP. It will start at 13.00 with light refreshments and finish at 16.00. Emily Georghiou from Age UK's policy and public affairs department is the keynote speaker. If you wish to attend, email Lena Calvert, NUJ equality officer at

Sun, sand, sea and Scotland: Scotland's role in empire, slavery and the Caribbean will take place on Thursday 10 October at 18.00, venue to be confirmed. Authors Christopher Dolan and Kei Miller will read from their latest books and actor David Hayman will discuss his latest documentaries highlighting links between Scotland and the British Empire. RSVP For more on Black History month in your area, check the BHM website

Claudia Jones lecture 2013: Monday 28 October at Thomson Reuters HQ, Auditorium, 1st Floor, 30 South Colonnade, Thomson Reuters, Canary Wharf, London E14 5EP. Keynote speaker Dr Nicola Rollock's lecture will be Race and racism in a post-racial age: 20 years on since the murder of Stephen Lawrence. More details on the NUJ website and register at

Freelances who contribute to Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness travel guides should scrutinise the fees offered for any revising work. The freelance office has received reports that rates now being offered are up to 60 per cent lower than those previously offered. Contact if you have been affected by this change, and please raise with colleagues whether or not they are NUJ members. More information on the London freelance branch website

Zero hours: The NUJ is investigating whether any members are on or know of employers in the industry who are using zero-hours contracts. Email

Amnesty International is holding an exhibition of photos by Julio Etchart, taken in Chile during the Pinochet years, to mark the 40th anniversary of the military coup at the Human Rights Action Centre in Shoreditch, London EC2A 3EA. It will run for two weeks from Monday 9 September. For more information on the NUJ website

Women and sport: the Culture, Media and Sport select committee has called for evidence on what barriers remain to women's participation in sport and media coverage of it. If you are a sports journalist, sports PR or have an interest in women's sport email with any information, views or anecdotes on media coverage. More details on the inquiry Deadline for submissions is Thursday 19 September.

Lots of new dates for training courses details on the NUJ website and Cymru NUJ training website. For Scotland check the Scottish training website or email: The Federation of Entertainment Unions runs free and reduced-rate courses suitable for journalists, such as free workshop Money Matters in London on Thursday 5 September. For more information visit the FEU website

Tutors wanted: do you have the talent and experience to improve the professional skills of NUJ members in the UK and Ireland? If yes, then you should consider becoming an NUJ professional training course tutor. More details on the NUJ website or email

Free professional development events, supported by the Arts Council of Wales, which include developing your digital footprint and developing a presence on the web are being held in Cardiff and Swansea this autumn. For more details and to book a place

Training opportunities in Northern Ireland: new programme announced by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the North West Regional College. Prospectus can be found on the ICTU website or contact ICTU education officer, Kevin Doherty

Union Learning: Members in Ireland are invited to take part in training courses provided by the European Trade Union Institute. All accommodation, meals, course fees, materials and flights where relevant are included in the course cost. All applications for places on ETUI courses must be made via Congress. See for details of the courses in Dublin, September 25-27 in Athens, September 24-27 in Brussels, October 2-4 and in Madrid, October 29-31

Data Journalism Bootcamp: This five-day workshop on database journalism is designed for reporters with little or no knowledge of data journalism and will give a foundation in the essential skills, 11-15 September, City University London, EC1V 4PB. Full price: £500; NUJ member: £375; student: £250. More details on the CiJ website

The Thomson Foundation is sponsoring a new award, young journalist from the developing world, for the UK Foreign Press Association Awards<>. Journalists under 30, working in countries with a gross domestic product per capita of less than $20,000 will be eligible. Deadline Wednesday 18 September. Find out more on the Thomson Foundation website

The International Federation of Journalists world congress in Dublin voted to renew the campaign to call on the Israeli authorities to recognise the IFJ press card. An international petition has been launched, available in English, Arabic, French and Spanish, addressed to UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon. Please sign the petition today

Sign the Index on Censorship petition calling on Europe's heads of government to stop mass surveillance. Go to the hashtag #dontspyonme for more information

The Larkin Hedge school solidarity gathering in Liberty Hall, Dublin, Sunday 22 September, 19.00: an evening of song, music and poetry to mark the centenary of the month of historic confrontation between the employers and the poor of Dublin immortalised in the famous Yeats poem. Tickets €15, available at the Liberty Hall Box Office, 0818 205 205, or 879 4333. For further information email or phone 087 797 3186

Support the Lost Arts campaign to fight the cuts in the arts. Join the campaign Go to the Lost Arts website to see where the cuts are

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