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. 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.
Support the rally to protest against the closure of the Caernarfon and Denbigh Herald office: assemble at Turf Square, Caernarfon, on Saturday 11 April at 13.00. Read more about the closure on the NUJ website.
Tom Bower: the author of a new biography of Richard Desmond, owner of Express papers, celebrity magazines and "adult" TV channels, was banned from entering the Express's building to speak to the NUJ chapel. His other books include the unauthorised biographies of media moguls Robert Maxwell, Tiny Rowland and Richard Branson. He will now be heading a panel of speakers at the NUJ's London headquarters on Tuesday 5 May, to mark World Press Freedom Day. More details and to reserve a free place on the event’s page.
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. More information on the NUJ website. Reserve your place by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Thomas, domestic extremist: NUJ member, commentator and comic will be the guest speaker at this month's London Freelance branch (FLB) meeting, at Friends House, Monday 13 April. The NUJ is backing Mark and five other members legally challenging the Met Police's surveillance and their inclusion on the database of the National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit. All welcome. More details on the LFB website.
Workers' Memorial Day (WMD): every year more people are killed at work than in wars. WMD commemorates those workers on 28 April. Union members are asked to consider events, activities or memorials to remember all those killed in the course of their work and raise money for the IFJ safety fund, an internationally recognised source of support for journalists under threat. It is the only international assistance fund for journalists established by journalists. Raise money in your workplace, chapel and branch and to donate via the IFJ safety website.