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19 August, 2016

Dear member,

Political pamphlets, NUJ Extra event, briefings on the Trade Union Act and a scheme to help writers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dear Member,

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NUJ Glasgow branch is holding an evening of entertainment in aid of NUJ Extra, the union's hardship fund, at 19.30 on Friday 23 September at the Blackfriars Bar, 36 Bell Street. Reserve your ticket on the Eventbrite site. All branches are encouraged to hold their own events.

Trade Union Act briefings: the TUC is running a series of free events to discuss the  changes to industrial action rules, picketing activities, facility time and new powers for the Certification Officer in London on Wednesday 31 August at the TUC, 23-28 Great Russell Street; in Bristol on Friday 2 September at Tony Benn House, Victoria Street and in Leeds at the Unison office, Wade Lane, on Friday 9 September. There will also be webinars on Tuesday 6 September at 11.00 and Tuesday 4 October at 14.00. For further information, contact

When photojournalism forces you to flee: the first UK talk by Iraqi photojournalist Mushtaq Abbas, who was forced to leave his home country after 13 years working for the Reuters agency. This Redeye Photography Network event, in partnership with the NUJ, takes place at 18.30, on 13 September at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art. Manchester. For more details, go to the event'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.

Burston strike school rally: visit the NUJ stall on Sunday 4 September and enjoy the speeches, music and celebrations to mark the longest strike in history when schoolchildren, in 1914, supported their teachers sacked by the rural squirearchy for organising agricultural workers. More details on the event website.

The media, the movements and Jeremy Corbyn: the Media Reform Coalition (MRC) is holding a meeting at 19.00, on Thursday 15 September at Student Central (ULU), Malet Street, London, to explore the media's misrepresentation of progressive movements and voices. For more information and to book a place go to the NUJ website.

More than 800 political pamphlets assembled by leading labour and trade union historian Henry Pelling have been made public by Senate House Library, University of London. For more information email Maureen McTaggart at

Support & solidarity

Take part in the democracy of your union: there are a number of vacancies for NUJ councils and committees. Please spread the word and consider standing for one of the posts available. Details on the NUJ website.

Turkey: tell Turkish President Erdogan that hard-won rights cannot be taken away, even during a state of emergency: sign the Amnesty International petition. The European Federation of Journalists has launched a solidarity campaign with Turkish journalists: this is how you can help.

The story that must be told: in the 1970s a group of activists known as the London Recruits, one of them later to become a member of the NUJ, left for South Africa to join the struggle against apartheid. Their story is the subject of a new film, but funding is needed before it can be released. Find out more about the campaign and how you can help on the NUJ website. You can also book a speaker to address your branch/chapel meeting or solidarity event about this amazing story by emailing Marc Wadsworth, chair of the NUJ's Black Members' Council, and Lionel Morrison, the NUJ's first black president, will be featuring in videos in support of the film.

Shafik Rehman: an 81-year-old British journalist is the facing death penalty in Bangladesh. Sign the Reprieve petition calling for his release.

Reporting Brexit

The national executive council of the union has agreed to conduct a survey of members' experiences of covering the EU referendum. All your information will be kept confidential and used anonymously. If you have not received the survey then please email:

London-based journalists

Do you work on newspapers in London? The NUJ is putting together a briefing for the London Assembly on the situation in local paper newsrooms in the capital. If you can provide information on how the cuts are affecting the quality of news, the way democratic institutions are reported and the work-life balance of journalists, please contact with London report in the subject field. The information will be treated in confidence.


Penguin Random House UK has launched a nationwide campaign to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves. The WriteNow scheme is aimed at writers from socio-economically marginalised backgrounds, LGBTQ, black ethnic minority communities and writers with a disability.

Courses & reps' training

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.

New five-day reps' courses: working in partnership with Northern College, Barnsley, the General Federation of Trade Unions is offering five-day residential representative training courses. They are free, except for participants' travel costs. For application forms please contact The dates and subjects are as follows:

  • September 12-16, Health and Safety, Stage 1.
  • October 10-14, Health and Safety, Stage 4.
  • November 7-11, Health and Safety, Stage 2.
  • November 21-25, Shop Stewards, Stage 1.

Free workshop on how to use Instagram: as a an NUJ member you are eligible to attend free Federation of Entertainment Union workshops, including this one for beginners to learn how to use the popular social media tool on Thursday 15 September,;also Build your confidence on 16 Septembe. Both in Birmingham. Apply on the FEU website.

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