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Friday 8 May 2015


Save our BBC: the NUJ, broadcasting unions and supporters of the corporation, in conjunction with Broadcast Magazine, are running an event in Parliament on Wednesday 10 June, to launch an alliance to campaign for a properly-funded, properly-managed and diverse BBC, followed by a lobby of MPs. Put this date in your diary; more information to follow.

Media ownership: the Media Reform Coalition is holding an open planning meeting to discuss the next steps for the campaign for media reform and sustainable public interest journalism on Wednesday 13 May at Goldsmiths, University of London. More details on the NUJ events page

Whistleblowers: the London leg of the international Stand Up for Truth tour, on Monday 1 June, at Birkbeck, University of London, will bring together a host of speakers to discuss the importance of whistleblowers to democracy. More details and to reserve your seat go to the NUJ events page

FEU youth social: come and find out more about the Federation of Entertainment Union training, its free workshops and skills development plans for young union members on Wednesday 3 June. For more information and to book, go to the NUJ events page


Press Freedom NUJ survey: take part in the survey to support journalists' editorial freedom from the pressures of proprietors and advertisers. Please complete the confidential NUJ survey online

DACs payback: in order to improve the scheme to recoup royalties for visual artist members please complete the DACS online survey


Stop the newspaper office closure: please support the local NUJ chapel and help save the Caernarfon Trinity Mirror newspaper office. Sign and share the NUJ petition


Copyright experts wanted: 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 this process. Applications close at midday on Monday 25 May. Submit an application via email:

Kick Off trainee sport reporters: the BBC is offering work experience placements, two days a week for eight weeks. Find out more and how to apply on the BBC careers website

Apprenticeships in Wales: Cyfle, the training company for the creative industries in Wales, has 12 apprenticeship vacancies at BBC Cymru Wales and 12 in the independent sector. The deadline for applications is noon on Thursday 14 May. Find out more on the BBC careers website


MJA summer awards: entries are now open for the Medical Journalists' Association awards. There are 11 categories, including the new Blogger of the Year. The deadline is 19.00 on Tuesday 26 May. Find out more on the MJA website


Professional NUJ training: upcoming courses in June include build your own website and backpacker journalism. Browse the union’s professional training courses and book online via the NUJ website

Union reps training: In July members can attend NUJ reps training and the course is designed to develop the key skills and knowledge associated with being an effective and confident NUJ representative. NUJ 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 can be found on the NUJ Scotland training website

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


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