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Friday 29 January

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Great offers on courses, a free guide on how to publish an eBook and lots of exiting events.

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Special offer

Digital journalism skills workshop: this event at Headland House on Saturday 13 February comprises small-group workshops sharing techniques and concepts of 21st century journalism and personal branding. Christian Payne is among one of the UK's foremost mobile storytellers; Janet Awe is a Twitter pioneer and PR guru who uses social media to help clients transform their public images; and Tim Dawson is author of Make eBooks Pay and New Ways to Make Money from Writing. Price: £25 NUJ members and £40 for non-NUJ members. Limited to 60 places.

The NUJ, as part of its Union Learning Fund project, is offering a highly-discounted, two-day Adobe Intermediate course, at £129, from Thursday 3 March. There are only eight places; participants will be selected on a random basis. The course will be held at Media Training Ltd, Suffolk House, 127-129 Great Suffolk St, London SE1 1PP.


Don't let them pull the plug on public service TV: with concerns about the privatisation of Channel 4, the potential sale of ITV, the renewal of the BBC's charter, plus funding of S4C, the NUJ's cross-party Parliamentary Group is holding a meeting about the future of public service broadcasting in Committee Room 10, House of Commons, on Monday 22 February.

Popcorn and pits: the London Freelance branch will screen Still the enemy within at Headland House on Monday 1 February. 

Steve Bell: the Guardian's star cartoonist will be speaking at the London Freelance branch on Monday 8 February.  

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

Next Generation Festival: still time to apply for the GFTU's youth festival for young trade unionists on 13 – 15 May at the Quorn Grange Hotel, Leicestershire.

Useful publications

Make eBooks pay: this new, free-to-members NUJ guide provides all the information needed to devise, create and market successful eBooks.  Featuring how-to explanations of the technology, law and marketing required of self-publishers, it includes ten case studies of writers who have successfully published their own work. Some are already generating six-figure incomes from their work.

You can download Work experience: expoiting the dream a guide to work experience and internships.


Journalists at the Financial Times will be on a 24-hour strike on Thursday over the £4m pensions robbery proposed by new owner, Nikkei. Please send messages of support to or call by and say hello to the picket line. Read the strike briefing.

BBC #Love it or lose it

Yorkshire says BBC Love it or Lose it: public meeting at the Congreve Room, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP on Thursday February 25 at 19.30-21.30. With speakers from the performers' union, Equity, technicians' union, Bectu, the National Union of Journalists, Voice of the Listener and Viewer and Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

Alternative White Paper: the Federation of Entertainment Unions will be launching its version of the BBC white paper for a reformed, independent thriving corporation, in Parliament on Tuesday 15 March.


Free online courses on science and statistics are on offer for journalists from the Royal Statistical Society. The courses are targeted at all journalists and journalism students, particularly those without scientific or statistical training.

Workers' Rights in a Global Economy: this free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) by the Global Labour University starts on Thursday 3 March. Learn and debate about strategies for implementing workers' rights nationally and along global supply chains and connect with union members and labour activists around the world.

Courses and training

NUJ professional courses this spring include 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, including Diversify your Portfolio, Friday 19 February in London, and Finances for Freelances, Thursday 25 February in Bristol.

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