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14 October, 2016

Dear member,
  • Fatima Manji is the keynote speaker at the Claudia Jones lecture.
  • Last places left on the Google tools courses in Cardiff and Edinburgh.
  • NUJ to sponsor a prize for diversity work at the alternative PR & Comms awards.
  • Plus lots of training opportunities...
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Fatima Manji, the Channel 4 reporter who was attacked by former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie for wearing a hijab while reporting on the Nice massacre, is the keynote speaker for the NUJ's Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture for Black History Month, in memory of journalist and activist Claudia Jones, on Monday 31 October at Channel 4 headquarters, 124-126 Horseferry Road London SW1P 2TX. This is a free event, but you must book your ticket. More details on the NUJ website.

Freelance Salon, South Wales: if you're freelance and would like an injection of exciting new ideas or you are considering a freelance career, then this event on Saturday 26 November, at the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff city centre is not to be missed. More details and how to book on the NUJ events calendar.

Google News Labs training: sign up for the last few remaining places for the Cardiff workshop on Tuesday 25 October and for the workshop in Edinburgh on Tuesday 8 November.

Investigating branded content: this seminar, on Thursday 3 November at the University of East London, is the first in a series organised by the Branded Content Research Network. Academics and marketing communications professionals will review research on branded content across media and marketing disciplines and discuss research needs and questions for industry and stakeholders. Details of speakers and how to reserve your free ticket are on the Eventbrite website.

Wapping exhibition: as part of the 30th year of the Wapping dispute anniversary an exhibition will be open in Glasgow until Saturday 29 October from Monday to Friday at 10.00-16.00 at the Unite the Union, John Smith House, 145-165 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4RZ. The non-union plant at Kinning Park in Glasgow was picketed throughout the year-long dispute and the exhibition includes images from here and Wapping in east London.

Support the Newsquest strikers

NUJ members at Newsquest south started a seven-day strike on Thursday over redundancies and workload. Can you send messages of support to and donataions to sustain them during this action. If you are sending a donation, please email Bernard Roche at noting the amount and send the money to:
Account number 20143387
Sort code 608301
IBAN GB93NWBK60023571418024


Individuals and organisations are invited to apply to the Journalists’ Copyright Fund which provides grants for projects associated with copyright, via an application form available here with a deadline for applications of Monday 24 October. Details of the fund's criteria and guidelines for applying are included.


Research on UK journalism: Andreas Anastasiou, a professional journalist for 25 years, is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Leicester, comparing news selection processes in the UK, Sweden and Greece. Can you help him with his work, which should be useful to practitioners and students of journalism by responding to this questionnaire. If you have a query you can email him at

PR & Comms award

The National Union of Journalists Public Relations and Communications Council is sponsoring an award for best practice in demonstrating a commitment to diversity or ethical communications behavior as part of the Unawards, the alternative comms and digital  event which describes itself as " accessible, cool, fun and not a black tie in sight". More details on the awards website. Entries close on 31 October.


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.

Training & workshops

How to make an effective FOI request: the Campaign for Freedom of Information (CFOI) is holding a day's training on Thursday 3 November at the Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA, registration at 9.45, course 10.00 – 17.00. More details and how to book on the CFOI website. 

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 reps' training, Ireland: whether you are an experienced rep who wants to brush up their skills or a beginner, this training session on Thursday 1 December in Dublin will equip you with the do’s and don’ts of representing your colleagues. More details and where to book your free place 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.

Pitch and deal: book now for this one-day course, on Saturday 28 January at the NUJ London HQ, which will help freelances market their work and negotiate better deals. Discount for NUJ members, more details and how to reserve a place on the NUJ website.

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.

Free professional workshops: as a member of the NUJ you are eligible to take part in the Federation of Entertainment Unions' (FEU) training project. Book for courses to help improve your social media skills, shoot videos and deal with setbacks at work, in London and Manchester. Dates, details and how to book on the FEU website.

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