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5 August, 2016


Learn to manage your finances: accountancy firm HW Fisher & company is running another of its evening seminars, on Tuesday 13 September, on tax for the self-employed and staff who have recently become freelance. The experts will cover tax and NI for the self-employed; self-assessment; allowable expenses; setting up in business; operating via a limited liability company; and tax enquiries and how to avoid them. Reserve your place on the NUJ website.

Blacklisting, Bullying, Whistleblowing & Police Surveillance: the Blacklist Support Group is holding a two-day event starting 11.00 on Friday 16 September at the University of Greenwich. Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, and John Hendy QC will join a range of speakers including union leaders, politicians and activists. More details and how to book your free ticket on the university's website.

Go Google: the NUJ is hosting four free, half-day workshops run by Google News Labs which will demonstrate how to use Google tools to research, report and present a story. It will cover advanced search and image search, maps, Google Trends and will introduce you to video and creating short formats. Book now to reserve your place for Manchester, Tuesday 6 September; Belfast, Friday 30 September; Cardiff, Tuesday 25 October; and Edinburgh, Tuesday 8 November on the NUJ website

Briefing for union officers and reps on the Trade Union Act in Leeds: this TUC event at UNISON Yorkshire and the Humber Office, Commerce House, Wade Lane, will give an overview of changes to industrial action rules, statutory thresholds, picketing activities and the Certification Officer's new powers. To reserve your place, contact Chris Beastall  0113 242 969 or by Friday 2 September.


Cash for start-ups: the Council of Europe is offering €3,000 and six-month mentoring to selected media start-up projects which are committed to inclusion and diversity. More information on the Facebook page. Find out how to apply, the deadline is Friday 26 August.


Save our sources: the Investigatory Powers Bill will allow state surveillance of every step of a journalistic investigation in the digital world. The Press Gazette petition is asking Home Office Secretary Amber Rudd to amend the bill to include safeguards so journalists can protect their sources and keep their materials safe from the authorities.

Media plurality: a plural and diverse media is an essential for democracy, yet in the UK three companies control 71 per cent of national newspaper circulation and five companies control 81 per cent of local newspaper titles. Sign this petition to demand a Parliamentary debate on how to enhance pluralism.

PRs v journalists

What do journalists really think of PRs, and vice versa?: last chance to complete the Press Gazette/PRWeek survey on how each side of the industry views each other. The survey closes on Monday 8 August and there is a chance to win British Journalism Awards tickets. So far more PRs have given their views, so please take 10 minutes to shine a light on the relationship between PRs and journalists.

Courses and workshops

NUJ Training Scotland: book now for courses in Glasgow, including writing for the web, photography, filming and editing on idevices and TV journalism.

NUJ Training Wales: check out the new courses for autumn. 

As a member of the NUJ you are eligible to attend free Federation of Entertainment Union workshops, including: Five Strategies for Success to help your career, Wednesday 10 August; Blogging for Creative Freelances, Friday 12 August and Write that Book and Get It Published, Thursday 18 August, all in London. Find out more on the FEU website.


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