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Friday October 23


United, We Publish. Your place in the workplace: this NUJ, Unite and Book Machine event, with keynote speaker Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party, includes a range of workshops and discussions on training and pay and conditions. It starts at 18.30, on Tuesday 27 October, at St.Bride’s Foundation, London. You can reserve your ticket on Eventbrite.

Claudia Jones: Clive Lewis MP will be the keynote speaker at a special event for Black History month in honour of activist and journalist Claudia Jones on Tuesday 27 October at Kings Place, London.

Royal reporter or health corr?: this free NUJ event, on Thursday 29 October, brings together experts in their fields from national papers and the BBC. They will give an insight into what it is like to be a specialist reporter and share some of the secrets of the trade.

Who will pay for Welsh journalism? This one-day conference held by the NUJ and the University of South Wales’s Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations, in Cardiff on Saturday 7 November, will review the Welsh news media landscape.

NUJ Pay Day: this event on Saturday 31 October has been cancelled. The results of the pay survey will be published later this month.

TUC Young Workers' Conference: the NUJ can send four delegates to this weekend event starting on Saturday 9 April. To qualify the member must be aged 30 or under. Can you please send nominations to 

TUC's Young Workers' month: the Federation of Entertainments Union is putting on two free workshops, Get fit for Freelancing, on Friday 20 November, and Get the best deal: how to pitch for work and get paid properly, on Wednesday 25 November, in London. You can reserve your place on the FEU website.


Local News Matters: the latest round of devastating Newsquest cuts have hit Bolton, with a quarter of the editorial workforce to go. Please send messages of support to the chapel via 

Trade union bill: the NUJ is encouraging all members to campaign against the trade union bill which will fundamentally undermine workers' ability to organise to protect jobs, wages, pensions and conditions at work. The TUC has organised a national lobby of parliament on Monday 2 November. Please write to your MP to express your opposition to the bill in advance of the lobby and get in touch if you want to attend it with the NUJ delegation. To find out more visit the dedicated page on the NUJ website and email Sarah Kavanagh, NUJ senior campaigns and communications officer, if you want to attend the parliamentary event at  

Fight for FOI: the union is campaigning to prevent restrictions to the FOI Act in the UK. A commission has been set up to examine the Act and consider  restrictions on the right to know. The NUJ is responding to the  consultation and we’d like to hear from NUJ members who can give examples of how the use of FOI has been vital for their journalistic work. Please email Sarah Kavanagh, NUJ senior campaigns and communications officer, at 

Love it or Lose it: Catch up with the latest on the NUJ's campaign to defend the attacks on the BBC's future and read our submissions to the consultations on charter renewal.Take part in the BBC Trust consultation Tomorrow’s BBC - Creating an open, more distinctive BBC


Simon Cumbers media fund: journalists interested in reporting issues in the developing world are invited to apply for funding for media coverage of development issues in the Irish media. The fund was set up in memory of Simon Cumbers who was killed in Saudi Arabia in 2004 while on assignment with the BBC. The deadline for submissions is Friday 30 October at 17.00. Email or visit the fund's website for full details.

Economics fellowship: the Friends Provident Foundation is offering a £45,000 fellowship to fund a project on the theme of building resilient economies. Proposals can be for a book, digital journalism, a short film or other digital outlets. The closing date for applications is 20 November.

Grants for investigative journalism: is holding an extra application round for investigative journalists in Europe for stories on privacy, the environment, finance or lobbying. The deadline is 25 November 2015.


The Great Smog of 1952: Kate Winkler, journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the States, is working on a book about the Great Smog of 1952, which killed 12,000 people in London. She would love to speak to a journalist who was working on Fleet Street in 1952 and 1953. You can contact her at


Upcoming professional courses include: Adding PR to your portfolio, Online journalism, Getting started as a freelance, InDesign (for beginners and advanced), Guide to court reporting, Pitch and Deal, Backpack journalism, Book publishing and How to build a website. You can find out more details and reserve your place on the NUJ website training page.     

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

Free workshops: the Federation of Entertainment Union's courses are free for NUJ members.  Creative productivity, Friday 6 November in Bristol, and Dealing with bullying and harassment , Tuesday 17 November in London. More details and how to reserve your place on the FEU website.

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