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NUJ Active 8 April 2016


Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don't die of mystery ailments, or in tragic accidents. They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn't that important a priority. Workers’ Memorial Day commemorates those workers and is held on 28 April every year. All over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day. Volunteer to help your NUJ chapel or branch commemorate the lives of journalists killed at work.

Every year on 3 May we celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom on World Press Freedom Day. Help us to defend the media from attacks and volunteer to organise NUJ events and activities in your workplace, chapel, branch or local community.

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Back by popular demand, another NUJ digital skills training event will take place on Wednesday 27 April from 10.00 in London. The training involves small-group workshops sharing techniques and best practice. The event will cover video storytelling, social media reporting and guidance on personal branding. It is £25 for NUJ members to attend. For more information and to book a place visit the Event page online

NUJ training for getting started as a freelance takes place again in London on Friday 29 April, starting at 10.00. The course is for those just turning freelance, or thinking about it. The course covers how to find work (including shifts), marketing and promoting yourself, a thumbnail guide to pitching, guidance on finance, tax and national insurance, getting paid, copyright issues and more. For more information visit the NUJ website event page.

Pitch and deal training will take place on Friday 6 May starting at 10.00 in London. This one-day training course focuses on the business side of pitching - how to pitch your ideas to editors and make a sale, how to negotiate your fees (including how to ask for and get more money), and how to hold on to your copyright, aka negotiating usage. For more information visit the NUJ website page


On Friday 15 April starting at 19.00 the TUC race relations committee in association with the SERTUC Film Club presents a screening of The Great Grunwick Strike 1976-1978 followed by a panel discussion on the lessons that can be learnt from the dispute. The dispute erupted in the summer of 1976 and is remembered as one of the most significant in the history of the British labour movement. Book your place online.

On Saturday 16 April at 14.30 the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College in London have organised an event on the media's exposure of institutional abuse, covert investigations and history. Speakers will cover topics including interviewing rape victims, exposure of child prostitution in 1885 and the Winterbourne View. To request a place at the event email:

Cardiff University’s Centre of Community Journalism in association with the Wales Co-Operative Centre have organised an event on Media co-operatives – a successful model of community journalism. The event takes place on Wednesday 20 April starting at 18.00 in Room 0.53, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB. Speakers include editor Sean Dagan Wood from Positive News, Alon Aviram, one of the founders of The Bristol Cable and Dave Boyle, author of Good News. Book your place online.

The Ferret, an innovative investigative media project launched in Scotland last year, is collaborating with the University of Strathclyde to run its first ever conference on investigative journalism on Saturday 23 April in Glasgow. The conference is essential for anyone who wants to find out more about how good public interest stories are made, how power can be held to account and what can be done to build a better media in the future. Book your place online.

On Saturday 7 May there is a day of celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of Granada Television, reflecting upon its legacy and how it can contribute to the creative future and identity of the region. The event takes place at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School. For more information visit the event page online.

On Wednesday 25 May, the Manchester NUJ branch £4 film club will show the poignant and true story of journalist and NUJ Irish member Veronica Guerin who risked her life to tell the truth. The club is held at the Three Minute Theatre in Affleck’s Palace on Oldham Street. For more information email:


The twitter hashtag for NUJ conference, DM 2016, is #DM16. Conference starts on Friday 15 April in Southport and will be reported daily on the NUJ website. Related documents are already online on the dedicated NUJ webpage.

Branch reps need to keep their contact details up-to-date on the NUJ website, if reps have recently changed then please inform the NUJ campaigns and communications department, you can check the details published on the dedicated branch contacts page on the NUJ website. To update the branch contacts details, complete the online form.

Branches and members who are organising events can have the details advertised on the NUJ website. Please give us at least 5 working days' notice before you want the event to go live. To submit an event, you will need to log in to the NUJ website and 'add your event' by completing the online form.

The Journalist magazine

The Journalist Editorial Advisory Board is encouraging all members to take part in their survey. The feedback will help guide the development of The Journalist, the NUJ’s magazine. The survey only takes a few minutes and you can complete the survey online.


The Guardian Foundation offers five bursaries each year for aspiring journalists to study for a postgraduate qualification in newspaper, web or broadcast journalism. For more information visit the Guardian website.

The Grace Wyndham Goldie BBC Trust Fund provides assistance for people currently or previously in broadcasting, their children and dependants. The Trust helps towards educational costs or grants to relieve short term domestic hardship not covered by help from other sources. For more information visit the BBC website.

The Medical Journalists' Association Awards are now open for entry until Thursday 21 April. For more information visit the mjauk website

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet is one of the panel judges for the Community Integration Awards. One of the awards is for a media champion who has helped migrants and refugees feel welcome in our society. Nominations opened on Thursday 7 April and the deadline to submit nominations is Thursday 5 May. To find out more about the awards, visit the website

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