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30 September, 2016

Dear member,

This week we are asking members to make a donation to the Newsquest south chapel who are starting a 14-day strike next Thursday. Other highlights include an NUJ charity fund raiser, events for freelances, demo supporting libraries and museums, plus news on changes to NUJ subs.

Dear Member,

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Support & solidarity

NUJ members at Newsquest south have announced a 14-day strike starting on Thursday 6 October. The chapel would like to thank NUJ chapels and members who have offered messages of support. Now, they are asking for donations to sustain them as they take this action. If you are sending a donation can you also please email Bernard Roche at noting the amount and send the money to:
Account number 20143387
Sort code 608301
IBAN GB93NWBK60023571418024

BBC Monitoring cuts: ask your MP to support and sign the parliamentary early day motion 431 which criticises plans which could result in the loss of a third of the workforce. It calls on BBC management to consult NUJ reps to minimise any redundancies and limit the damage caused. You can contact your MP via the Write to Them website.

Freedom of the media in Turkey: please ask your MP to sign early day motion 474 condemning the threats to journalists and press freedom in Turkey. You can contact your MP via the Write to Them website.


Local News and Media Meetup: Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, and Gordon Ramsay, director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power and author of Monopolising Local News, will lead the Media Reform Coalition (MRC) discussion on local news at the May Day Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH on Wednesday 5 October. Reserve your place on the MRC website.

Women of Colour, the Media and (Mis)Representation
: take part in the NUJ Scotland event for Black history month on Thursday 6 October starting at 18.00 in Glasgow. More details on the NUJ events page.

Irish Freelance Forum: this regular one-day event in Dublin on Monday 17 October is designed to keep freelance journalists up to date with the latest developments in their industry. More details on the NUJ website.

Seminar on freelancing in Paris
: the NUJ and Anglo-American Press Association are holding an exciting afternoon of panel discussions with experts to help journalists maximise job satisfaction and get paid properly in France on Saturday 15 October. More details on the NUJ website.

National libraries, museums & galleries demonstration: since 2010 we have lost 8,000 library workers and 343 libraries, plus one in five regional museums is at least partially closed. Make your protest heard by assembling outside the British Library, London, on Saturday 5 November. Find out more on the event website.

NUJ charities fund raiser: Glasgow branch is holding an evening of fun and entertainment in aid of NUJ Extra, the union's hardship fund, and the George Viner Memorial Fund, which provides bursaries for BAME students, on Friday November 11 at The Iron Horse, 115 West Nile Street. More details and where to get your tickets on the NUJ events calendar.

Grants & funding

Journalists’ Copyright Fund: the NUJ awards grants for projects associated with copyright and for the benefit of journalists. The deadline for applications is Monday 24 October. Details of criteria and other guidelines can be found on the NUJ website.

Funding for reporting on issues in the developing world: the aim of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund is to promote quality media coverage of development issues in the Irish media. It was set up by Irish Aid, the government’s programme for overseas development, in memory of Irish journalist Simon Cumbers, who was killed while on assignment in Saudi Arabia in 2004. The deadline for the receipt of submissions is Wednesday 26 October at 5pm. More details on the media fund website.

Last chance: DACS’ Payback for visual artists is closing today Friday 30 September. Don’t forget to apply for your share of more than £5.5m secondary rights royalties on the DACs website

Reporting Brexit

This is your last chance to take part in the NUJ survey on reporting on Brexit. If you were involved in covering the EU referendum, we want to hear from you. The union has received complaints from both sides of the debate about poor coverage of the issues and a lack of neutral presentation of the facts – so the NEC has agreed to ask members for their views. All your information will be kept confidential and used anonymously. The survey will only take a few minutes.


Open Newsroom: find out what it is like to work at the BBC. If you are aged between 18 and 24 with an interest in journalism and the media, the BBC invites you behind the scenes of its newsrooms across the UK and will provide tips about getting in and getting on at the broadcaster. More details about the event, on Thursday 17 November, can be found at the #OpenNewsroomBBC website. The BBC would particularly like to hear from BAME, young people with disabilities and young people from the broadest range of social backgrounds.

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR), a small anti-racist educational charity,  is looking for volunteers to work on IRR News and help on ad hoc research projects. The deadline for applications is Thursday 13 October. More information on the IRR website.

Courses & workshops

Training for NUJ reps: sign up for free training for all the skills needed to be a rep and health & safety officer. The courses take place in London, Manchester and Glasgow. All dates and details on the NUJ website.

NUJ training in Wales: the union provides a range of subsidised courses including media law, mentoring and coaching, and shooting and editing on iPhones and iPads.

NUJ training in Scotland: the union provides professional training in Glasgow and online.

Video for journalism: learn how to shoot and edit footage. The NUJ is holding two sessions in London on Thursday 2 February and Monday 15 May starting at 10.00 on both days. For the course outline and to book your place visit the events pages on the NUJ website.

Community and citizen journalism training programme: sign up for the Centre for Investigative Journalist's (CIJ) free workshops for community and hyperlocal journalists on investigative skills for public interest reporting.  Apply on the CIJ website for the courses at Cardiff University on 3 and 4 November; Leeds Trinity University on 14 and 15 November; and Newcastle University on 3 and 4 December. The CIJ is also running two courses in October on using data to generate stories.

Free professional workshops: as a member of the NUJ you are eligible for the Federation of Entertainment Unions' (FEU) training project. Next month's two courses in London are on How to use Instagram and Social Media for Work and in Bristol, Presentation skills. Dates, details and how to book on the FEU website.

Changes to NUJ subs

The new NUJ subscriptions, agreed at the delegate meeting in April 2016, have now come into effect for all new members joining the union. All new applicants are now required to provide details of their annual earnings and based on this information they will be allocated to the relevant grade as follows:

Grade 1: members earning up to £20,000 (€24000) per annum.
Grade 2: members earning between £20,001 (€24,001) and £29,000 (€36,000).
Grade 3: members earning over £29,000 (€36,000).

                               Sterling rate                       Euro rate
Grade 1:                   £15 per month                  €18 per month
Grade 2:                   £18 per month                  €23 per month
Grade 3:                   £25 per month                  €31 per month

Existing minimum and discounted membership grades will remain unchanged. If you have any queries about the new rates then please email the membership department at and if you want to order any NUJ recruitment materials please contact the campaigns and communications department at

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