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Friday 13 May

Dear member,

This week the government published its White Paper on the BBC. The NUJ, working with the Federation of Entertainment Unions and other campaign groups, will be continuing to campaign to get the best deal for the BBC's new charter. Put the BBC on your branch or chapel agenda.


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Freelance Salon Manchester: this NUJ forum on Wednesday 18 May will discuss how to make journalism pay in new ways, featuring speakers who have done something a bit different and made it a success.

The Black Members' Council (BMC) invites all those registered as black and ethnic minority members of the NUJ to its AGM on Wednesday 25 May at Citadines Hotel Holborn (Brussels Room), 94-99 High Holborn, London WC1V 6LF.  You can find out more about the work of BMC on the NUJ website. RSVP at

Truth about Guilio: public meeting supported by Amnesty and the NUJ Cambridge branch to continue the campaign for justice, not only for Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni's torture and killing in Egypt, but for the many Egyptian citizens who have suffered a similar fate. At Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, Friday 20 May. List of speakers and how to reserve your place on the Eventbrite site.

European conference marking Statewatch's 25th anniversary: workshops and discussions on the refugee crisis, mass surveillance, racism, xenophobia and the far right and strategies of resistance and the defence of civil liberties. From 10.00 – 17.00, Saturday 25 June at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7.

Anti-austerity and media activism: this conference at Goldsmiths, University of London, on Saturday 23 July between 10am and 6pm, will highlight the role of communications in fostering anti-austerity movements. More details and how to book on the Eventbrite site.

Defend the BBC

The government's White Paper on the BBC has now been published. We believe our Love or Lose It campaign and work with other campaign groups led to concessions, but there is still plenty to do. Here is our response to the paper. Thank you for all your work and we hope you will be able to join us in the battle ahead. We will be campaiging to:

  • Ensure the BBC remains independent from government influence.
  • Ensure fair funding and fight against the licence-fee pot being raided for non-BBC projects.
  • Stop privatisation of BBC production.


Journalists at risk: please take part in this European Federation of Journalists survey to assess the risks facing journalists across the 47 Council of Europe countries.


The Journalists’ Copyright Fund provides grants for projects associated with copyright for the benefit of journalists. Typically the grants, for individuals and organisations, are between £200 and £6,000 for one-off applications and up to 3 years’ funding. More information and the application form can be found on the NUJ website. The deadline is Monday 27 June.

BJTC student journalism awards: the awards are open to all 4,000 students studying on one of the BJTC’s 70 accredited courses. A new category has been added this year to recognise original journalism with the winner receiving £500. The deadline for entries is Wednesday 14 September.

Courses & workshops

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

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

The NUJ has been successful in its bid to the Welsh government for training funding for another year, until the end of March 2018. Please complete this two-minute survey to specify exactly what training you need.

Free workshops: as an NUJ member you are eligible for courses provided by the Federation of Entertainment Unions, including three in London: How to shoot and edit video with an iPhone or iPad, Monday 16 May; How to drive traffic to your website, Tuesday 17 May; and How to run a successful social media campaign, Wednesday 18 May. There are two in Manchester: Blogging for creative freelances, Thursday 2 June, and Creative Productivity to help you become more productive and feel more in control, on  Friday 3 June.  

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