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NUJ elections: Unfilled seats are available on a range of NUJ councils and they are open to nomination by branches. The deadline for nominations is 20 April 2015. Successive NUJ conferences (NUJ DM) have agreed that more needs to be done to reflect the union's diversity of membership, and more specifically, to persuade women members to take up seats on the NEC and on union councils and committees. There is also under-representation of young and disabled people, as well as those from Black or minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds. The union is encouraging members to volunteer and reminds chapels and branches to encourage members from under-represented groups to get involved in the union's democratic structures. Go to the full list of vacancies available on the NUJ website.

FEU pre-election events on the policies on arts and the media: the Federation of Entertainment has organised a series of free events for members so they can quiz politicians, including shadow culture minister Chris Bryant, about their policies on the creative industries and add to the debate. They will be held: in Manchester on Thursday 9 April, 18.00-20.00 at the Mechanics Mechanics Institute, details of speakers and reserve your place on Eventbrite; in Cardiff on Friday 10 April at midday-14.00 at the Radisson Blu hotel, lunch provided, you can book your place at press@themu.org; in Birmingham on Tuesday 21 April, from 18.30-20.30 at the Arden Suite, Holiday Inn, contact cyates@bectu.org.uk 0161 848 8489; in Glasgow, on Wednesday 15 April at The Hampden Park stadium from 18.30-20.30, contact ahaughan@bectu.org.uk 0141 314 0060; and in London on Wednesday 22 April, at the Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, from 18.30-21.00. Find out more and reserve your ticket on the NUJ website.

Major industrial summit for newspapers and agencies
: the union's newspapers and agencies industrial council is holding an event for reps to discuss the challenges in the industry and how chapels and branches can respond, in Birmingham, from 10.30-16.00 on Saturday, April 25 at Unite's office, Transport House, 211 Broad Street, Birmingham B15 1AY. More information on the NUJ website. You can reserve your place by e-mailing publishing@nuj.org.uk

Equality: The NUJ has organised a public meeting followed by the Black members AGM. Diversity in the Media: why so hard to achieve? Come and hear Samantha Asumadu of Media Diversified and NUJ organiser Dominic Bascombe (formerly Father of the Chapel at the Voice) speak on this perennial problem. The meeting will take place in London, all welcome, on Thursday 9 April, at Headland House, Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP. To book a place, email Lena Calvert, NUJ equality officer: lenac@nuj.org.uk

Workers' Memorial Day (WMD):  more than 20,000 people die every year because of their work; most of these because of exposure to dangerous substances. The theme for this year's WMD, held on Tuesday 28 April, is "removing exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace". More information on the TUC website https://www.tuc.org.uk/workersmemorialday For resources on Workers Memorial day including ribbons and car stickers please contact the Greater Manchester Hazards centre at: mail@gmhazards.org.uk.

Assemblies for democracy: take part in the inaugural assemblies in Glasgow, on Saturday 11 April, and  Manchester, on Saturday 18 April. The events will map out the concerted attacks on social, ecological and human rights and propose a variety of policy solutions and ideas to advance democracy. Find out more on the Assemblies for Democracy website  http://assembliesfordemocracy.org/


Support

Lift restrictions on civil servants’ contact with the media:  Francis Maude, the Cabinet minister, has put through changes to the Civil Service Management Code and Civil Service Code  which includes a requirement that civil servants obtain ministerial authorisation before any contact with the media. Sign the civil servant union FDA's petition https://campaign.goingtowork.org.uk/petitions/lift-restrictions-on-civil-servants-contact-with-the-media   to get these changes reversed.

Campaign for a diverse and independent media:sign the Media Reform Coalition's petition calling on the parties involved in the general election to include a manifesto commitment to new legislation to prevent damaging media concentration and to encourage a more plural media at both national and local levels.


Resources

If you want to order NUJ mugs, pens, bags, leaflets and posters for your workplace then please complete the order form on the NUJ website. Some items are free, some have a price. Branches and chapels are encouraged to use their existing budgets to stock up and start recruiting new members. Check out what stock is currently available on the dedicated members-only recruitment materials page on the NUJ website and you can submit an order at the bottom of the web page.

You can find NUJ publications, campaign, recruitment and branch materials on the NUJ website.

Apple offer for NUJ members: Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the all-new Force Touch trackpad, fifth generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Graphics 6100, two times faster flash and longer battery life, bringing even more performance and capabilities to our pro customers. It has also updated the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air with fifth generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD Graphics 6000, and Thunderbolt 2, and added up to two times faster flash to the 13-inch MacBook Air. NUJ members can save up to £90 on MacBook Pro and up to £70 on MacBook Air by visiting the NUJ Apple Online Store.


Awards

Refugee festival Scotland: media award nominations are now open for journalists in Scotland reporting asylum and refugee issues. The awards are coordinated by the Scottish Refugee Council, British Red Cross and the NUJ. The awards recognise high quality, fair and accurate coverage. Journalists are invited to nominate their own work or the work of their colleagues. Entries can be drawn from news coverage, features or opinion pieces. For more information visit the Scottish Refugee Council website.


Training

Improve and add to your professional skills with courses including: Online journalism, Introduction to feature writing, Court reporting, Teeline, Adding PR to your Portfolio and many others. More information, where to book professional courses on the NUJ website. Dates for reps' training can be found at on the NUJ website. To book training, email: training@nuj.org.uk

NUJ Wales training: the NUJ offers a programme of subsidised, practical courses in new media and core journalism skills, including how to build a website, how to run a campaign using social media and media law refresher sessions.

Training in Scotland: news about courses in Scotland.

Free workshops: Make your cv stand out from the crowd, Thursday 23 AprilLondon Book on the Federation of Entertainment Unions' website.


Updates

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