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Friday 24 April 2015


World press freedom day: Who are the people who own our press? Tom Bower, chronicler of media moguls and author of a new book about the Express newspaper's owner Richard "Dirty Des" Desmond and Des Freedman, chair of the Media Reform Coalition, join a panel discussion chaired by Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary on Tuesday 5 May at Headland House. Visit the Eventbrite events page for more details and to book a place.

Workers memorial day: Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Workers’ Memorial Day commemorates those workers on 28 April. The union is encouraging members to organise fundraising for the IFJ safety fund which is internationally recognised as a 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.

Irish Press Group: An event has been organised to mark the 20th anniversary of the company’s closure and will take place on Friday 22 May at 19.00 at the Teacher’s Club in Dublin. More information and contact details are available on the NUJ website.

Surveillance campaign: For many years increasing evidence has pointed to police intelligence units’ interest in journalists whose work led them into contact with political and environmental protestors. This month’s London Photographers Branch meeting has five of the six NUJ members who fought to reveal they were listed as ‘domestic extremists’ on a secret police database as the guest speakers. The event takes place at 18.00 Tuesday 28 April at Headland House. More details available on the branch website.

Protecting journalistic material: A free legal advice session has been organised by Bindmans solicitors on Wednesday 29 April at 18.00 in London. The session will cover the existing legal framework , police powers and the protection of sources and materials. More information and to register for the event via the Bindmans website.

Welsh media conference: The one-day conference co-hosted by NUJ Wales scheduled for Saturday 30 May has been postponed.


Disabled workers: Extend is a BBC scheme which offers six months paid work for disabled media workers. The closing date for applications is Sunday 3 May and details about eligibility and how to apply are available via the NUJ website.

Cyberbullying research: NUJ Scotland and the University of Strathclyde are conducting a joint pilot study into the scale of cyberbullying of journalists. If you want to share your experience with the researchers then email the NUJ’s Scottish organiser Paul Holleran.

Copyright experts: The NUJ is commissioning two freelance members to produce a 30-page booklet, readily understandable by beginners, which will provide a good grounding in the law on copyright. The fees are £2,000 for a writer/researcher and £1,000 for an editor/formatter. The NUJ reserves the right not to engage any of the applicants at the end of the process.
Applications close at noon on Monday 25 May and should be email to the NUJ freelance office.


Stop the office closure in Wales: Please support the local NUJ chapel campaign for the Caernarfon Trinity Mirror newspaper office. Sign and share the NUJ petition.

Generation rent: TUC's young workers' conference decided to make housing one of its major campaigning themes this year. Use the online request form to ask your general election candidates about their plans for tackling the housing crisis in your area. More information and to contact local politicians visit the Generation Rent website.


Epilepsy in the workplace: New guidance has been produced by the TUC and Epilepsy Action to raise awareness about epilepsy and adjustments needed to make workplaces epilepsy-friendly. Download the guide from the TUC website.

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.


Professional NUJ training: Courses in May include video journalism, data journalism and how to build a website. All the union’s professionally training courses are listed and can be booked via the NUJ website.

Union reps training: Courses in May include health and safety training in London and discipline and grievance training in Manchester. All the trade union training courses are listed on the NUJ website

Training in 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 NUJ training Wales website.

Training in Scotland: The full range of courses and training activities offered by NUJ Scotland, both online, in-class and through organised workshops throughout the country can be accessed via the NUJ training Scotland website.

FEU training: Free workshops in London include how best to present yourself to get new work and training in Birmingham includes blogging for creative freelances. Book your place at a Federation of Entertainment Union’s training events via the FEU website.


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NUJ press cards: Members can apply for or renew a range of press cards via the dedicated page on the NUJ website.

Rates for the job: You can anonymously submit actual rates and fees for freelance work and share the details with other members. Please encourage your colleagues to do the same on the London Freelance Branch website

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