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3 February 2017

Heart unions #heartNUJ

The TUC have organised a heart unions week of action from 8 to 14 February. The week is aimed at promoting the benefits of trades unionism and it offers NUJ reps and members the chance to help recruit new members.

There will be an event outside the BBC Portland Place at around 11.00 on Tuesday 14 February and there will also be activites around the Southbank near to the ITV offices on the same afternoon.

The NUJ is asking members to take part and organise their own local heart union events and activity during the week of action.

To get ready for next week, there are a range of resources available to order or download from the TUC's heart unions website. Resources include pens, badges, t-shirts, caps, posters and recruitment leaflets.

The NUJ also wants to hear from you! Please send us your own stories about how the NUJ has helped members where you are, or how a union rep has helped you. We want to hear about the union in action and about any unsung NUJ heroes out there.

Get in touch by emailing the NUJ's campaigns and communications department:

Visit the TUC heart unions website to get your hands on the campaign materials.

NUJ photographers' summit

The NUJ has organised a photographers' summit as a one-day event in London for lens-focused members. The day will bring together an expert industry panel, include a range of workshops and provide opportunities to network. The workshops will be focused on how to improve your videography skills, information on legal rights, restrictions and copyright law, advice on moving from staff to freelance, new innovations and suggestions on how to make money. For more information visit the event page on the NUJ website.

Brexit, racism and fake news

The NUJ ethics council has organised a conference for members on Saturday 11 March. The event will have different sessions that include launching the results of the all-members survey on Brexit, a discussion about the challenges of news production, and how to tackle racism and fake news. Save the date in your diary now and look out for more details to be announced very soon! Updates and information will be published on the event page on the NUJ website.

Local news matters

The next edition of our in-depth newsletter NUJ Informed, out next week, is dedicated to the union's ongoing local news matters campaign. We are holding a week of action that will champion local news as an essential component of society, democracy and citizenship. 

Kicking off on Friday 24 March until Saturday 1 April, the campaign plans already include a series of events in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We want to involve thousands of NUJ members, reps, chapels and branches from across different sectors of the media.

There’ll be events, conferences and activities taking place every day of the week and NUJ members from all parts of the local media – newspapers, online, start-ups, radio, TV, photographers and communications – are getting involved.

This union-wide campaign wants to galvanise our collective voice to put pressure on media companies and other decision-makers who can stop the cuts and increase investment in quality local journalism. 

Keep a look out for NUJ Informed next week and read more about the campaign on the #LNM web page.

Let us know what you are planning for the week by emailing:


Murdoch takes over: Sign the petition addressed to prime minister Theresa May and culture secretary Karen Bradley calling on them both to start the Leveson Inquiry part two and to wait until this investigation is underway before considering the massive expansion of Murdoch’s media empire. Sign the petition on the Avaaz website.

Trumps the NSA: President Trump now has unrivalled access to data collected by UK intelligence agencies. And thanks to the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act, the UK is collecting huge amounts of data about all our lives. We can’t let Trump use our data to strip away basic civil liberties. Sign the petition on the Open Rights Group website.

Journalism is not a crime: Sign the petition calling for the US authorities to drop the remaining felony charges against journalists who covered the inauguration day protests. Gladly some of the charges have already been dropped but there are still three journalists facing charges. Sign the petition today.


Union organising book: On Tuesday 14 February at TUC Congress House in London, Dr Jane McAlevey, organiser, author and scholar, will be launching her book called No Shortcuts: organising for power in the new gilded age. The event is an opportunity to look at what we need to do, in the workplace, and in our communities, to ensure that 2017 is the year we turn the tide on bad employers and the politics of division. Register for the event online

Our NHS national demonstration: The national demonstration in support of #ourNHS takes place on Saturday 4 March starting at London's Tavistock Square at 12.00. For more information visit the dedicated website.

London freelance night: The freelance branch have organised an event on freelancing and precarious labour. This is a how-to evening focused on knowing your rights in the gig economy. The event takes place on Saturday 11 March starting at 17.00 and will explore the dynamic trade union responses and include information about how freelances in every line of work are responding to the challenges. For more information about the event and to book a place visit the NUJ website.

Orgreave truth and justice campaign: Make some noise for justice on Monday 13 March at 14.00 outside the Home Office in response to government's shocking decision not to grant an inquiry into "The Battle of Orgreave". More details on the campaign's website.

Pensioners committee seminar:
The event will be held at TUC Congress House on Friday 17 March. Speakers include Alex Cunningham MP, shadow pensions minister, and Neil Duncan-Jordan from the National Pensioners Convention. Register for the event by emailing:

Self-publishing for health writers: The NUJ and Guild of Health Writers are holding an evening workshop on how to self-publish books and long-form journalism on Monday 27 March. Numbers are limited. If you want to attend, contact the C+C dept with 'health writers' event' in the subject field and email:

Byline festival: The event takes place on 2-4 June in Sussex. Speakers confirmed include Heather Brooke, Bea Campbell, James Doleman, Laurie Flynn, Bonnie Greer, David Henke, Luke Harding, Lenny Henry, A L Kennedy, Hardeep Singh Kholi, Catherine Mayer, Jack Monroe, Rowan Pelling and Tom Watson MP. NUJ members can pay half the £150 entry cost by using the offer code NUJBYFEST and visiting the festival website.


The Drum online media awards: The awards are supported annually by the NUJ and they are now open for entries. If you are a digital publisher or online journalist and want to compete against the best in the media profession, enter now to win one of the coveted trophies. For more information in advance of the entry deadline on Friday 24 February, register your interest online today.

Science writers awards for Britain and Ireland: The awards aim to reward excellence in science journalism. There is the NUJ Stephen White Award for best communication and reporting of science in a non science context. The other categories for 2017 include best feature, best news item, best scripted/edited television programme or online video or podcast, best investigative journalism, best newcomer award, and best student science journalist. The deadline for entry is Friday 24 February at midnight and for more information visit the ABSW website.  

Migration media award: This EU-funded award recognises and supports excellent journalism. The prize is between 500-7,000 Euros that can be used to produce original, researched and detailed work covering migration in the Euro-Mediterranean area. The deadline is Friday 31 March. More details on the award website.

Paul Foot award: Private Eye is once again awarding a prize for investigative or campaigning journalism in memory of Paul Foot, who died in 2004. The winning entry will be awarded £5,000 at a ceremony in June and the deadline for entries is 17.00 on Friday 31 March. More details on the magazine's website.


Health and safety training: Existing laws can be used against employers who are trying to cut jobs and increase workloads in your area. The current legislative framework can also be used as an avenue for workplace negotiations with media employers. The next two-day H+S training session for NUJ reps and members takes place at Headland House in London on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 June. To access information about all the NUJ trade union training courses, visit the dedicated pages on the NUJ website.

Video for journalism: The union has organised a professional training course over 3 days on shooting and editing footage. The event takes place from Monday 15 May until Wednesday 17 May. Details on prices and how to register are available on the NUJ event page.

FEU training: 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 improving time management, setting clear goals to improve creative performance, help to unlock the potential of mobile devices, and how to drive traffic to websites. For more information and to book a place visit the FEU website.

NUJ Scotland: Whether it is social media, filming for i-devices, feature writing and pitching, writing for the web or Adobe Photoshop introduction, there are plenty of training opportunities listed on the Scottish training website.

NUJ Wales: There are courses on mentoring and coaching, filming and editing on an iPhone/Pad, and surviving and thriving as a freelance. See the programme of events on the Welsh training website.

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