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NUJ Active, Friday 5 June


Events

Fight for our BBC: we are holding an event, with an alliance of organisations, in Parliament to launch our campaign for a properly-funded, well-managed BBC as it prepares for charter renewal. We are organising a lobby of MPs and a drop-in session for MPs and peers on Wednesday 10 June, followed by a public meeting hosted by Broadcast Magazine. Please come along and show your support. More details on the NUJ website.

Chainmakers' Festival
:  Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, will be one of the speakers at the event to celebrate the 1910 strike by the women chainmakers. It is a family-friendly day, involving market stalls, fun fair rides, speeches, street theatre, music and debate  and  takes place on Sunday 12 July, at Cradley Heath High Street, Cradley Heath, West Midlands. More details on the TUC website.


Resistance is Fertile: this exhibition brings together leading photographers, poets and protest artists who have highlighted social movements. It includes the miners’ strike, environmental campaigns, Poll Tax demos and land rights. From 6 – 28 June, at OVADA, the Warehouse, 14a Osney Lane, Oxford OX1 1NJ.  More details on the OVADA website


Resource

Freelance fact pack: the invaluable fact pack for freelances and those thinking about becoming a freelance has been updated and is now on the freelance page of the NUJ website.


Support

Rotherham Advertiser strike: send your messages of support to members taking part in a 24-hour walkout over the decision to target Phil Turner, the NUJ's Father of Chapel, for compulsory redundancy. Phil has worked for the company for more than 30 years and is a long-serving trade union representative. More details on the NUJ website. There is to be a demonstration and rally in Rotherham on Saturday 6 June, starting at noon in All Saints Square.

Snoopers' charter: tell the Home Office you demand an end to indiscriminate collection and retention of internet communications as proposed in the investigatory powers bill to give the police and intelligence services even more powers to look at what we do and who we talk to. Sign the petition.

Stop TV censorship: the Queen's Speech included an extremism bill which will give Ofcom new powers to vet channels that broadcast extremist content. Sign the petition to stop this unacceptable clampdown on freedom of speech.


Offer

ALCS offer: for just £36 you can buy lifetime membership of ALCS, which collects secondary royalties on behalf of more than 87,000 writers across the UK and abroad and pays them directly, twice a year. In the past year, it paid out more than £32m. You can join on the ALCS website.


Research

Women in conflict zones: Cardiff University School of Journalism is conducting research on whether journalists think it is more dangerous to be a woman journalist than a male journalist in zones of conflict and if being female can be an advantage, or whether simply being a journalist, regardless of gender, is the main danger. Can you please complete this anonymous survey. For more information email Dr Janet Harris HarrisJ14@cardiff.ac.uk


Training

Professional NUJ training: upcoming courses in September include shorthand and feature writing. Browse the union’s professional training courses and book online via the NUJ website.

Union reps training: In July members can attend NUJ health and safety training. 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: Social Media for Work, in Bristol, on Thursday 11 June; Blogging for Creative Freelances, in London, on Friday 19 June; and Get Fit for Freelancing (aged 30 and under), in London, on Thursday 2 July. You can book on the FEU website


Updates

NUJ recruitment: please forward this email to colleagues and ask them to join the NUJ online.

NUJ press cards: members can apply for or renew press cards via the dedicated page on the NUJ website.


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