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Friday November 7


Freelances & photographers: NUJ event to Boost your income and raise your professional profile. This one-day conference in London, on January 16, will provide a series of free workshops to help you revitalise your career by adding new skills to match the demands of the market or find novel ways to promote your work. It will give freelances, seasoned or fledgling, and those thinking of leaving a staff job, essential tips to be successful. Keynote speaker, the Media Show's Steve Hewlett (tbc). Please register your interest at

Young and student members: the NUJ's event, All you need to know to launch a career in the media industry will be held in London on Saturday 30 January. Speakers include Harriet Minter, editor of the Guardian’s Women in Leadership section, Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, and Alex Wood, the launch editor of Tech City News and editor-in-chief of The Memo. There will be sessions on how to make contacts, pitch your ideas and get paid properly and how to raise your professional profile through social media.

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. Send your nominations to

Workshops: the Federation of Entertainments Union is putting on two free workshops for young members, 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.

Useful information

Small Claims Guide 2015: this booklet produced by the NUJ’s solicitor, Thompsons, will assist members who find it necessary to sue a client for non-payment without the assistance (and costs) of a solicitor. 

How to run a successful strike, get maximum support and publicity and keep the picket line happy: this guide written by the Newsquest reps who organised the successful 10-day strike in London, will give you all the tips you need to organise a successful campaign. 

Congress Talks: a new series of podcasts from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has been launched. The first episode looks at the issues of low pay, respect at work and childcare and features the general secretary, Patricia King, and industrial officer, Peter Rigney.


Don't let them destroy the BBC: download the Love it or Lose it campaign's Dr Who poster. Sign the 38Degrees Protect our BBC petition to ensure it remains independently-funded, free from political interference and has the resources to continue providing high-quality and varied content. Visit the Love it or Lose it Facebook page. If you live near Brighton, join the joint-union demo outside the Theatre Royal from 10.30 to 14.30 on Saturday 21 November.

Trade Union bill: the final Commons vote on the bill (report stage and third reading) will be on Tuesday 10 November. Get in touch with your MPs before Tuesday. Tweet your MP and email your MP. Sign the petition to protect the right to strike. Take part in the Trade Union Coordinating Committee rally at Parliament Square, 18.00, Tuesday 10 November.

Fight for FOI: the union is campaigning to prevent the government putting restrictions on the Freedom of Information Act in the UK. Please email Sarah Kavanagh, NUJ senior campaigns and communications officer, at with examples of how the use of FOI has been vital for your work.

End impunity for crimes targeting journalists: ask your MP to sign the early day motion supporting our campaign to hold countries to account when media workers die; last year 118 media workers were killed, yet just one in 10 of these killings are investigated. You can email your MP via the Write to Them website.

Stop Arts Cuts: support Equity's campaign to defend public spending on the arts.

Who owns the UK media? Download the Media Reform Coalition's latest report.


Upcoming professional courses include: 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. In London, Dealing with bullying and harassment, Tuesday 17 November, and Write that Book and Get It Published, Thursday 26 November; in Newcastle, Blogging for creative Freelances, Friday 4 December. More details and how to reserve your place on the FEU website.



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