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2 September, 2016


Learn to manage your finances: accountancy firm HW Fisher & company is running an evening seminar, 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; and operating via a limited liability company. 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: free workshops on Google tools for journalists. Book now to reserve your place for Manchester on Tuesday 6 September; Belfast on Friday 30 September; Cardiff on Tuesday 25 October; and Edinburgh on Tuesday 8 November on the NUJ website.

The collection agency DACs is giving away a £100 gift card each day from Monday 5 September until Friday 9 September to mark the final month of Payback – its annual service distributing royalties to artists and estates with artworks in UK books, magazines and TV programmes. Find out more on the DACs website.

Dress codes for work

Dressing for work: The TUC is investigating gender-related problems associated with workplace dress codes and personal protective equipment (PPE). The probe follows reports of sexism related to work clothing, including stipulations to wear high heels, and the provision of ill-fitting PPE for women. A survey by the union Prospect found just 29 per cent of women said their protective clothing was designed for females. The TUC wants to hear of examples of bad practice, but is also keen to hear examples of good agreements and policies on dress code. Please email your comments to by Friday 9 September.


Education Journalism Awards 2016: the Chartered Institute of Public Relations is seeking nominations for its awards for specialist education journalism from pre-school through to adult education, across local, national and international reporting.The deadline for submissions is Friday 16 September. Find out more on the CIPR website.

Save our Sources

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

Courses and workshops

New dates for free training courses for reps in London, Manchester and Glasgow can be found on the NUJ website.

NUJ Training Scotland: book now for courses in Glasgow, including photography, filming and editing on i-devices and TV journalism.

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

Free workshops: as an NUJ member you are eligible to attend free Federation of Entertainment Union workshops, including one for beginners to learn how to use the popular social media tool Instagram on Thursday 15 September and Build your Confidence on Friday 16 September. Both in Birmingham. In London on Tuesday 27 September, Blogging for Creative Freelances. Apply on the FEU website.

Union Professionals autumn courses: the full programme is on the TUC Education website and includes Employment Law Online; Employment Law Update; Project Management; Understanding Social Media and a new course Mental Health at Work.

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