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NUJ Active Friday 25 September


Events

NUJ Pay Day: After years of pay freezes in the industry, the NUJ is holding a conference in London on Saturday 31 October, to discuss how to negotiate and campaign for better wages and fair working practices for staff and freelances as job titles change and the clickbait culture starts to bite. All members are welcome and the union is encouraging branches to send a representative. More details and how to register on the NUJ website.

Royal reporter or health corr?: this free NUJ event, on Thursday 29 October, brings together experts in their field who will give an insight into what it is like to be a specialist reporter and share some of the secrets of the trade. List of speakers and booking details on the NUJ website.

Claudia Jones: as part of Black History Month, the NUJ will be hosting a special event in honour of activist and journalist Claudia Jones on the evening of Tuesday 27 October. Please save the date of this free event. More details to follow.

Defend the right to strike: come to the Trade Union Coordinating Group's meeting at Parliament on Tuesday 13 October, 18.00, in Committee Room 10, to discuss the fight against the government's trade union bill. Speakers include Michelle Stanistreet, Mark Serwotka (PCS), Matt Wrack (FBU), John McDonnell MP, Ian Lavery MP, Caroline Lucas MP and Hannah Bardell MP.

TUC national demonstration: join the march against the government’s austerity agenda and attacks on trade unions on Sunday 4 October in Manchester. Assemble 12.00 and rally at 13.00. Trade unions and trade councils are organising transport across the UK. The Federation of Entertainment Unions has booked a bus, setting off from London at 7.15, arriving in Manchester 11.30 and returning at 17.00. The NUJ has 30 places on the coach. To book your seat email: campaigns@nuj.org.uk

London School of Economics media and communications department events: the autumn lecture series includes Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner, on freedom of information, Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Rona Fairhead, Chair of BBC Trust, on the future of funding the BBC and Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, on news for the new world. Details are available on the university's website.

Labour in 1915 on the cusp of the revolutionary year: the Irish Labour History Society will hold a conference in Liberty Hall, Dublin, on the weekend of Friday 9 to Sunday 11 October. More details on its website. 


Support

Let us vote! Allow unions to ballot members online: sign the petition asking Sajid Javid, business secretary, to allow unions to conduct statutory ballots by secure online voting or supervised workplace digital ballots.

PCS National Gallery action: check for the latest news on the action on the campaign Facebook page and join the protests at the gallery to coincide with the opening of the Goya: The Portraits exhibition on Monday 5 October, 18.00.


Research

Journalists working in digital media: the European Federation of Journalists' expert group on digital media has launched a survey to map the working conditions of online media workers to help shape union policy. Please share and participate in the survey. The results will be  published on the EFJ website.

 


Opportunity

Payback time: if your photographs, illustrations or cartoons have been published in a UK book or magazine, or appeared in a TV programme you can apply for your share of £4 million in royalties from the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS). In 2014, more than over 20,000 visual artists and estates received royalties, ranging from from £25 to more than £5,000. Go to the DACS website to apply by Wednesday 30 September.


Courses

The NUJ's professional courses next month are: Adding PR to your portfolio, Online journalism, Getting started as a freelance, Getting started with InDesign, Guide to court reporting and Pitch and Deal. You can find out more details and reserve your place on the NUJ website training page.

The latest dates for reps' training and heath and safety courses are on the NUJ website.

Free workshops: The Federation of Entertainment Union's courses free for NUJ members in Manchester are How to drive traffic to your website, Thursday 8 October, and How to run a successful social media campaign, Friday 9 October. Build your confidence will be held on Friday 23 October, in London. More details and how to reserve your place on the FEU website.


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