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Friday 15 January

Dear member,

Take part in the TUC's heartunions week, defend the right to strike, sign up for an NUJ course and catch up on deadlines for the Delegate Meeting.

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Ken Morgan’s memorial service: members are invited to join the celebration of the former NUJ general secretary’s life and career at a service at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, on Tuesday 19 January at 11.30. There will be a reception afterwards at the St Bride Foundation. If you will be attending, please RSVP at

Want to be a specialist reporter or correspondent? This NUJ event on Wednesday 17 February in Newcastle brings together experts in newspaper and broadcasting to share secrets of the trade.

#heartunions week: the TUC has planned a week of activities, from 8 to 14 February, to celebrate the great work done by union reps and members, as part of its campaign to oppose the damaging trade union bill. On Tuesday 9 February at 12.30 the Big Workplace Meeting will take place across the country. Frances O'Grady, TUC general secretary, will give a live broadcast on the progress of the bill and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. You can watch the broadcast (via YouTube) and find out about other activities on the TUC website.  Sign the petition to defend the right to strike.

Protest against the execution of journalists by Saudi Arabia: Amnesty International Ireland has invited NUJ members to march from their office in Dublin to the Saudi Arabian Embassy on Tuesday 2 February at 13.00 to protest against the executions of 47 people including a number of journalists. Contact Kieran Clifford at or (01) 863.8300 for more information.

Still the enemy within: London Freelance Branch is hosting a showing of the prize-winning documentary about the miners’ strike at 18.30 on Monday 1 February at Headland House. A member of the filming team will be present to take questions. Reserve your place via the LFB website.


Union learning: the deadline for the confidential unionlearn survey on learning via your union has been extended until Sunday 31 January. Please take part, this information will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of union courses. If you have any questions or need help in completing the online version, please contact


DACS is calling for photographers who have claimed copyright royalties through Rex Features Ltd to verify claim authorisations. If you have images with Rex, or have had in the past, then please contact DACS at DACS will only be able to release royalty payments to verified photographers.

The Rory Peck Training Fund makes hostile environment training affordable for freelances. Since its launch in 2000, it has given more than 500 bursaries to  journalists and filmmakers, enabling them to gain the vital skills and knowledge needed for work in dangerous environments. Applications now open.


FOI: the NUJ has teamed up with 38 Degrees to campaign against restricting the Freedom of Information Act. You can help by signing a petition calling on the government to extend FOI to include private companies. You can also help by sending examples of how your FOI story was of vital public interest to  (put FOI in the subject field).They will be used as evidence to the commission set up to review FOI.

Delegate Meeting 2016

DM 2016 will take place in Southport from Thursday 14 April to Sunday 17 April, including sector conferences on the afternoon of the 14th. Check the DM 2016 page for information and deadlines. Delegate nomination forms must be sent to no later than Friday 22 January. Close of amendments and DM statements is Monday 15 February. The final agenda and annual report will be published the week commencing 7 March. Latest version of NUJ Rules, updated Sept 2015, and DM preliminary agenda (members-only).


NUJ professional courses this spring include Online journalism, Getting started in InDesign, Build your own website, Pitching to book publishers, Mobile journalism, Adding PR to your portfolio and How to boost your income. For queries about courses and to reserve a place contact

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

Training in Wales: the NUJ offers a programme of subsidised, practical courses in new media and core journalism skills.

The full range of NUJ courses and training activities in Scotland can be found at NUJ Training Scotland.

Free workshops: as an NUJ member you are eligible for courses provided by the Federation of Entertainments. Upcoming courses in London are Diversify your Portfolio, Friday 19 February, and Build your confidence, Friday 21 January.

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