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Media Plurality draft bill: public meeting in Parliament on Monday 7 December, to discuss questions of media ownership and democracy with a presentation of the Media Reform Coalition's draft bill. Speakers include Laura Davison, NUJ, Jenny Jones, Green Party, Labour MPs Helen Goodman, Clive Lewis and Chi Onwurah and Justin Schlosberg, Birkbeck College, and Des Freedman, Goldsmiths College.

Freelances & photographers: NUJ event to Boost your income and raise your professional profile.This one-day conference in London, on Saturday 16 January, 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. 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.

Google News Lab workshop: this free workshop for NUJ freelance members, from 10.00 to 14.00 on Thursday 4 February, includes sessions on how Google tools can be used to help journalists research, report and visualise a story and how to integrate imagery and organise data to create compelling interactives. Places are limited, sign up now at

Wapping dispute exhibition: to mark the 30th anniversary of the dispute, at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, Bancroft Road, London E1 until Thursday 14 February.  Special events during the exhibition include a public meeting about the dispute on Thursday 14 January and a get-together of veteran strikers and supporters on Thursday 21 January.


Strictly Come Dancing: volunteers needed to hand out BBC campaign postcards to Strictly fans, attending the semi-finals of the competition, on Saturday 12 December at 15.00, at Elstree Film Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood. If you can help, email for more details. Find out more about the NUJ's BBC campaign.


The European Press Prize: this award for excellence in journalism is open for entries until Friday  18 December. There are four categories, each worth €10.000: the distinguished writing award; the commentator award; the investigative reporting award; and the innovation award.

Special offer

Thanks to funding from the Union Learning Fund to improve workers' skills, the NUJ is offering two courses at Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP, for making and editing videos, at heavily subsidised rates.

Video for Journalism: this three-day course looks at basic video camera technology, how to capture general footage and record interviews, plus editing your footage and adding sound and voiceovers. Dates: 6-8 January  and 1-3 February. Photo-journalists or those with significant lens-based experience are advised to apply for the February session. Cost: £199.00.

Adobe Premiere introduction: this is the leading nonlinear editing software for broadcast and corporate video. The two-day course will give you the tools to edit your footage to a professional standard. Dates: 18-19 January and 8-9 February. Cost: £129.

Places are limited to 12 per session so book ASAP.  Apply to with video course in the subject field.


Union learning: the TUC has asked the universities of Exeter and Leeds to evaluate the effectiveness of union learning, skills gained and how it helped with your work. If you have taken a course or completed any learning via the NUJ can you complete this confidential survey. If you have any questions about the survey, contact This information may be vital for future funding of union learning.

Critical thinking: a Cambridge University study on critical thinking skills is asking NUJ members to take part. You can measure your own thinking skills and contribute to the research to find out how important these skills are in the workplace and how they contribute to professional success.  Find out more on the study's website.


NUJ professional courses: Online journalism, Monday 15 February, and Build your own website for £50, 24 and 25 February. Book your place at

Free workshop: as a member of the NUJ you are eligible for the Federation of Entertainment course Tools for Goal Setting, Friday 11 December, in London.

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