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NUJ Active 11 March 2016


The NUJ's freelance forum takes place on Monday 14 March in Dublin. Speakers and topics include the Irish Times technology correspondent, Karlin Lillington, on journalism in the surveillance age. What editors want is the subject to be discussed with Richard Oakley from The Times Ireland edition, Claire O’Sullivan from the Irish Examiner and Alexander Fitzgerald from the Irish Tatler Man. There will also be a guide to the courts with Gerry Curran from the Courts Service and a session on navigating the BAI sound+vision scheme with Gareth Stack. Find out more information and book your place at the event via the Dublin freelance website.

The Federation of Entertainment Unions will launch an alternative BBC white paper on Tuesday 15 March in parliament in London at 15.00 with Maria Eagle - shadow culture minister, Damian Green MP - chair of the BBC all party parliamentary group, Lord Fowler and Baron Foster of Bath. Help to promote the event and reserve your place online.

The NUJ has organised a training session in Liverpool on how to launch your career or find new ways to make money in journalism. The event takes place on Wednesday 16 March starting at 15.00 at John Moores University. The event is for students to seasoned journalists and will provide practical advice on how to improve your income. More details are available on the NUJ website.

The report stage of the Trade Union Bill will take place on Wednesday 16 March in the Lords so the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group (TUCG) has organised a demonstration outside parliament at 18.00, Old Palace Yard. If you want to take NUJ flags with you contact the NUJ campaigns and communications department via email:

Join us for an event hosted by the George Viner Memorial Fund and the NUJ to celebrate the achievements of the charity’s current crop of scholars who have been awarded bursaries to help them get their first foot on the journalistic ladder. This year’s ceremony will include a panel discussion on the representation of black and ethnic minority journalists in the media, and how the union and the industry can effect change. We’re delighted to be welcoming BBC news presenter Adnan Nawaz as the guest speaker with a panel including Tunde Ogungbesan and Robin Elias. The event takes place on Thursday 17 March at Sadler’s Wells Theatre starting at 18.30. Please book your place online.

NUJ member Ros Ball has organised a launch for her new book The Gender Police and she has invited colleagues to attend the event at Houseman’s bookshop in London on Thursday 17 March at 19.00. The book is based around a simple but brilliant idea; if you start to make a daily note of the way the world 'polices' a child by gender, you have a record of how girls and boys are not born equal. If they do behave differently, this book gives us some answers as to why. Find out more about the launch on the facebook event page.

The stand up to racism demonstration is held to commemorate the international day for the elimination of racial discrimination. Join the Europe-wide demonstrations on 19 March (UN anti-racism day) when tens of thousands will march across Britain, with events in London, Scotland and Wales. Visit the campaign website for more details.

The BBC wants more disabled people to work for BBC Digital so they have organised an event on Friday 8 April which offers to take a behind the scenes look at the various applications of technology at the BBC. The initiative is aimed at people who have tech skills, qualifications or experience and whom also have a disability. For more details and to apply to attend, visit the BBC website.

Workers' memorial day takes place on 28 April every year. Start planning your local NUJ event now and help raise money for the International Federation of Journalists safety fund. For advice, support and assistance, contact the NUJ campaigns and communications department via email:

NUJ democracy

The union is inviting applications, from members, for the post of NUJ general secretary. The post is subject to election by ballot of the NUJ membership every five years. It is a full-time post based at the union's London office working exclusively for the NUJ. For details of the terms and conditions of employment and to request an application form visit the NUJ website.

There are still places available on the NUJ's national executive council, Scottish and Welsh executive councils, industrial councils, ethics council and photographers’ council. If you are interested in volunteering for roles on NUJ councils then please contact your local NUJ branch. The deadline for nominations is Friday 29 April. A list of NUJ branch contacts is available in the members-only area of the NUJ website.

NUJ elections are currently underway for the NUJ national executive council – Black members’ representative, national executive council – North West England representative, the ethics council - freelance representative and the broadcasting industrial council - Black members representative. The ballot closes on Wednesday 23 March. If you have not received a ballot paper but are eligible to vote then please email:  

The NUJ's policy, objectives and campaigning priorities are decided at the NUJ conference – the delegate meeting (DM). DM will take place in Southport in April and there is a dedicated page of information on the NUJ website. Find out more information online

An NUJ member is hoping that colleagues will back him with votes in what he's calling the 'X Factor for writers', and help make his lifetime dream come true. Writer and journalist Terry Wardle is a children’s author but he has never yet achieved his childhood dream of writing a successful novel for adults. Now he has the chance to do just that, and the 71-year-old who runs a news magazine online and has been an NUJ member as long as he has been a journalist, is hoping that the backing of fellow union members may help him to succeed. His novel, Shakespeare's Curse, has been selected by internet publishing house Kindle Press for a 'campaign', which means an excerpt from his book is available online and anyone with internet access can read it and nominate it for publication. If the novel receives enough nominations before the end of March, then Kindle Press will publish it. You can help Terry by visiting his Kindle campaign page.

FOI petition

Sign the 38 Degrees petition calling on David Cameron to accept the FOI Comission's recommendation to extend Freedom of Information to private companies. We want transparency laws extended to include private companies running public services. Now this has been backed by the government's own expert advisors. It's time for the government to extend our Freedom of Information laws. Sign and share the petition online.


Nominations are now open for the Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards 2016. After a year that saw the worst refugee crisis since the second world war and a photo of one boy, Alan Kurdi, touch the hearts of so many, it's clear that media coverage – good or bad - can make a real difference to the experiences of refugees on the ground. Co-ordinated by the Scottish Refugee Council, British Red Cross and the National Union of Journalists in Scotland, the annual awards recognise high quality, fair and accurate coverage. Journalists are invited to nominate their own work or the work of their colleagues. The public is also welcome to nominate work. Entries must have been published, or broadcast, between 31 May 2015 and 30 March 2016. The deadline for submissions is Friday 8 April. You can find out more details online.

The Estonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs has an annual program for young journalists (age 20-30) to spend one week in Estonia, to learn about the society, culture and way of life. The program is open to applicants from the UK and Ireland. The programme covers travel, accommodation, food and event costs during the visit. If you want to apply send a CV with a photo with a cover letter to the Estonian Embassy in your home country by Monday 11 April. More details online.

Membership rates

NUJ members going on maternity leave need to contact the union's membership department to alter their NUJ subscription payments. Members on maternity leave can get their subs put on hold for the period of their ordinary maternity leave, resuming at the end of that period. If members take additional leave, they just need to contact the union at that time to let them know. To make arrangements, email the NUJ membership department:

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