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NUJ Active
20 January

Dear member,

This week's active includes:

  • Latest on Local News Matters Week
  • News about Heartunions week
  • New insurance deal for journalists
  • Free workshops
Dear Member,

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Local News Matters Week

Is your branch or chapel gearing up to take part in the union's Local News Matters campaign to defend and celebrate quality journalism and investigate new models to support the local media of the future? The week of action takes place from Friday 24 March to Saturday 1 April. You can find out more on the NUJ website's campaign page.



Media ownership concentration in Ireland and Europe: Ireland is falling far below European standards for press and media freedom. This European Centre for Press and Media Freedom conference, on Tuesday 31 January, in Dublin, explores the implications for the work of journalists and the difficulties they face where access to the media is restricted by concentration of ownership. Details of the speakers and programme can be found on the #newsocracy2 website.

Heartunions: the TUC's week of action to celebrate the great work done by union reps and members in our workplaces and in society will take place from 8-14 February. You can sign up here on the TUC's website to receive news and information. If you are, or know, a ♥UNIONS rep who makes a real difference to the lives of working people, please email

Photographers' Summit 2017: book now for this one-day event on Saturday 11 February in London for members who deal with pictures, images and videos. Reserve your place on the NUJ website. You can also take part in the summit's photography competition, details on the Getting Exposure website.

Self-publishing event for health writers: the NUJ and Guild of Health Writers are holding an evening workshop on how to self-publish books and longform journalism on Monday 27 March. Numbers are limited and it will cost £15. Please email if you are interested, putting "self-publishing event" in the subject field.

Stand Up to Racism trade union conference: this conference on Saturday 4 February from 12.00 to 16.00 at the NUT's London office, is about arming trade unionists with the arguments to defeat racist ideas in the workplaces. Stand Up To Racism demos will take place in London and Glasgow on Saturday 18 March. Book your tickets on the Eventbrite website.  Please take part in the TUC's online survey if you have experienced or witnessed racial harassment at your workplace.

Take part in the national demonstration in London to defend the NHS on Saturday 4 March. Meet at noon at Tavistock Square WC1H 9JP and march to Parliament. More details on the Health Campaigns Together website.

Insurance deal for journalists

The International Federation of Journalists has joined forces with a major insurance company to unveil a new cost-effective insurance scheme covering all media workers without restriction in any region of the world – including war zones. Every policy provides cover for accidental death and disablement plus emergency accident and sickness evacuation and repatriation from anywhere in the world including hostile regions to the policy holders’ country of residence when required. NUJ members are eligible to use the policy. More details on the NUJ website.

Vacancies on NUJ councils

The NUJ is a democratic and campaigning trade union that strives to represent media workers in all sectors of the media industry. There is a range of vacancies on the NUJ's councils and committees on the NUJ website. The closing date for applications is Monday 30 January.

Win €10,000 in cash

The Food Sustainability Media Award: the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition  have launched a new international award to shed light on the under-reported aspects of food sustainability and invite media professionals, bloggers and freelances to submit published and unpublished work highlighting issues related to food security, sustainability, agriculture and nutrition.  Prizes include €10,000 in cash.  Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 31 May.  More information on the award's website.


Two North American journalism professors are seeking an experienced graduate student or professional journalist who can set up interview appointments with UK crime and court reporters. They will pay an hourly wage. They need someone who can contact English crime reporters and editors, explain the interview process and the project, and secure an interview appointment during the time the professors will be in England, 6-13 March. Professor Romayne Smith Fullerton, of the University of Western Ontario and Professor Maggie Jones Patterson, of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,  are working on an international crime coverage comparison project.  Email your expression of interest to NEC member Professor Chris Frost at

Free workshops & training

Free data journalism workshop: freelance NUJ members are offered a free place on a masterclass in Belfast on Thursday 23 March, led by Jonathan Stoneman, former head of training at the BBC World Service, with Brian Pelan, editor of VIEW magazine and VIEWdigital online news site. Find out more on the View/digital website. Places are limited, email Una Murphy at if you are interested.

As an NUJ member you are eligible for a range of online courses, free workshops and webinars put on by the Federation of Entertainment Unions (FEU). Upcoming free workshops include sessions on how to get hired and creative productivity and there is a webinar on Strategies for Success at 11.00 Tuesday 24 January. More information and to book on the FEU website.

All NUJ professional and reps' training can be found on the NUJ website.

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

NUJ training in Wales: courses on mentoring and coaching, filming and editing on an iPhone/Pad and surviving and thriving as a freelance: see the programme on the training website.

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