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Friday 26 February

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Photo exhibition and seminar about working in conflict zones, events discussing the trade union bill, a cut-price Adobe course and a conference in Liverpool to help you earn more money are highlights of today's NUJ Active.

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Reporting from conflict zones: the role of journalists and photographers. Law firm Bindmans is hosting an event exploring the role of journalists and photographers working in Palestine and other conflict zones on Wednesday 2 March inLondon. Speakers include Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary of the NUJ, Jim Boumelha, president of the International Federation of Journalists, Monir Zaarour, Middle East and Arab World Co-ordinator  IFJ, and Bindmans' Saimo Chahal QC. A photographic exhibition will accompany the event.

How to launch your career or find new ways to make money in journalism: this event, on Wednesday 16 March at John Moore University, Liverpool, for students to seasoned journalists, will give practical advice on how to improve your income.

The NUJ Manchester and Salford branch is showing a selection of screenings revealing the ethical and professional challenges journalists face, on the last Thursday of every month, starting 19.30 at the Three MinuteTheatre, Affleck's Palace, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JG  Contact

Building Tomorrow’s Unions: this conference  on Wednesday, 30 March from 09.30 to 16.30, will discuss the implications of the trade union bill. Speakers include include Angela Eagle MP, shadow BIS secretary.

LGBT history month: the theme this year is "religion, belief and philosophy". The TUC is also promoting a number of events to be held by trade unions.

Guardian journalist Polly Toynbee will be giving the Mary Macarthur lecture on Friday 4 March at  Blackheath Coronation Club, George Avenue, Rowley Regis, as part of the Women Chainmakers’ Festival.

SERTUC is launching its 10th survey of equality in trade unions on Tuesday 8 March at 16.30 at Congress House.  Please RSVP to Joanne Williams at

Britain at Work and the British Universities’ Industrial Relations History Group and Oral History Society will be discuss the Winter of Discontent on Saturday 14 May at 11.00-16.45 at the Diskus Centre, Unite the Union, 128 Theobald’s Road, London WC1X 8TN. To book, contact Michael Gold or Linda Clarke

EU referendum

The NUJ's ethics council is examining guidance issued to journalists covering the EU referendum. We're particular concerned about problems associated with covering the debate on social media. If you have been given advice or guidance by your employer or want to raise any issues then please get in touch. Email:


The ABSW science writers’ awards for Britain and Ireland are now open. Get your entry in by midnight on Wednesday 16 March.

Courses and training

Special offer: there are three places left on our Adobe Premiere Intermediate course on 3 and 4 March.  Its costs £129 and the venue is Media Training, Unit 5, 127-129 Great Suffolk Street, London, SE1 1PP. You must have completed the Adobe Premiere introduction course or have god knowledge of the package in order to do the Intermediate level. Contact

NUJ professional courses this spring include Pitching to book publishers, Mobile journalism, Adding PR to your portfolio, How to boost your income, Getting started as a freelance and Pitch and Deal. 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, including writing for the web and social media.

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 Entertainment Unions, including Realistic Optimism - find out how to manage your goals to make sure you achieve the ones you really care about - Friday 18 March, London.

Delegate Meeting

The NUJ Report to Delegate Meeting 2016 can now be downloaded.

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