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NUJ Active
9 December

Dear member,

This week's Active includes:

  • Photographers' Summit 2017
  • Exciting courses for the new year
  • End of year festivities
Dear Member,

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Photographers' Summit 2017

This one-day event for lens-focused members will bring together industry experts to discuss the future of news, features and PR photography and will provide information on issues such as videography, copyright, privacy and new ways to make money as a press photographer. It includes a competition for NUJ photographers. Read Tim Dawson's curtain-raiser to the event p10-11 of NUJ Informed. Book your place on the NUJ website.

New year courses

Why not start the year by signing up for NUJ courses including Getting Started as a Freelance on Saturday 21 January, Pitch and Deal on Saturday 28 January and Video for Journalism: shooting and editing footage on Thursday 2 February. All three courses will be held at Headland House, NUJ HQ, London.

Save BBC Radio

The BBC intends to outsource 60 per cent of its radio production, a huge leap from the current 20 per cent. Sign this SomeOfUs petition asking Theresa May to stop the privatisation of BBC Radio. Write to your MP and send him/her the NUJ briefing paper.

Contact your MP and ask him/her to sign Early day motion 551 and to write to Tony Hall, BBC director general, and Karen Bradley, Culture Secretary, to tell them privatisation of BBC radio will damage the service. You can download and send them the NUJ briefing. You can contact your MP via the Write to Them website. Invite a local BBC radio rep to your next branch or chapel meeting, email if you need help with making contact.


Film screening and NUJ Christmas social, Manchester: Newsies is a musical about the newsboys' strike in 1890s New York when young people challenged the press barons for better pay. More details on the NUJ website.

London Freelance Branch is holding its Christmas party at the London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, on Monday 12 December, starting at 19.00. All welcome. Sandwiches and snacks will be provided and the first drink is free.

End of year party: Trump, Brexit, Bowie, Leonard Cohen, cuts, closures, 2016 hasn't been a good year. But you can join the London independent broadcasting & new media branch for drinks, chat and networking. All NUJ members, potential members, friends and allies welcome on Wednesday 14 December at the Topolski Gallery and Bar, Hungerford Arches, 150-152 Concert Hall Approach, London SE1 8XU.

What a •••••••• year? Party: London Photographers, Magazine branch and London Central invite you to a party on Wednesday 14 December starting at 18.30, at the Seven Dials Club, 42 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LA.  Come and relax with friends and colleagues at the end of a difficult year and discuss how to meet the challenges and opportunities for the year ahead. Live DJ – Music – Food– and a FREE drink.

NUJ charities

Make it your chapel or branch's new year resolution to make a donation to the union's hardship fund NUJ Extra  or George Viner Memorial Fund bursaries for black and Asian journalist students.


For all NUJ professional and trade union training, visit the website training page.

NUJ training in Scotland: whether it is social media, filming for i-devices, feature writing and pitching, writing for the web or an Adobe Photoshop introduction, visit the training website for course outlines and dates.

NUJ training in Wales: courses on mentoring and coaching and surviving and thriving as a freelance: see the programme on the training website.


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