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Friday 10 April 2015


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 DayMore 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

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.


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 include a requirement that civil servants obtain ministerial authorisation before any contact with the media. Sign the civil servant union FDA's petition.

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.


Apple offer for NUJ members: NUJ members can save up to £90 on the updated MacBook Pro and up to £70 on MacBook Air by visiting the NUJ Apple Online Store NUJ Apple Online Store.

NUJ materials: if you want to order NUJ mugs, pens, bags, leaflets and posters for your workplace then complete the order form on the NUJ website.


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. Deadline Friday 24 April. For more information visit the Scottish Refugee Council website.


Professional training: improve and add to your 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 on the NUJ website. To book training, email:

Training Wales: 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. More details on the Cymru NUJ Wales website.

Training Scotland: news about courses in Scotland. Book your course on the NUJ Scotland website.

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


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