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17 February

Brexit, racism & fake news conference

The NUJ ethics council has organised a conference for members on Saturday 11 March in London to launch the results of an all-member survey on Brexit and to discuss the challenges of news production and how union members can tackle racism and fake news. Speakers confirmed so far include: Professor Chris Frost, chair of the NUJ ethics council; Mak Chishty, Metropolitan Police commander; Christian Ahlund, chair of the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance; Joseph Harker, the Guardian's deputy opinion editor; Richard Palmer, NUJ FoC at Express newspapers; Chris Elliott, former Guardian readers' editor; Wilf Sullivan, TUC Race Equality Officer; and Tim Dawson, NUJ president. More speakers will be announced soon. To register to attend the event, email Sarah Kavanagh, NUJ senior campaigns and communications officer at

Local News Matters Week

NUJ reps' summit: this event in Manchester on Saturday 1 April is an opportunity for NUJ newspaper reps and officials to get together to share knowledge and expertise, network and discuss the issues facing members in the industry. Reserve your place on the NUJ website.

LNM event in Bristol: how are local news organisations keeping Bristol in the know in an age of fake news, falling revenues and the digital revolution? This event, organised by the local NUJ  branch, on Friday 24 March will give you the opportunity to quiz representatives from organisations such as: BBC Bristol; Bristol Post; Voice Network; ITV Westcountry; Bristol 24/7; Bristol Cable and more. More details on the NUJ website.

LNM event in Scotland: put Friday 31 March in your diary for an event in Edinburgh with speakers including US academic, Robert McChesney, who has proposed a Citizenship News Voucher scheme. More details to be announced soon.  Reserve your place by emailing

More details about the campaign and how you can get involved on the NUJ website.

Online media awards

The Drum online media awards: these are supported by the NUJ and 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. The deadline for entries is Friday 24 February, More information on the NUJ website


Special event for health & science writers: do you want to get your specialist journalist writing out there as an ebook? If so, then don’t miss this joint Guild of Health Writers and NUJ workshop with tutor Tim Dawson in London on Monday 27 April. More details and how to book on the NUJ website.

Freelancing and precarious labour: know your rights in the gig economy. This NUJ event on Saturday 11 March, at 17.00, will explore how trade unions are meeting the challenges for freelances in the current labour market. For more information and how to book, visit the NUJ website.

Stand Up To Racism: the TUC is working with Stand up to Racism to commemorate the International day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and to highlight the issues of racism and xenophobia with a demonstration and rally. Assemble at 12 noon, on Saturday 18 March, at Portland Place, London W1A 1AA for a march followed by a rally at Trafalgar Square. For further information, contact

Refugee Journalism Project: the London College of Communication has been working with exiled journalists and media professionals to help re-establish their careers in the UK. They come from a wide range of countries, including Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Iran and Bangladesh. On Tuesday 7 March the project has organised a debate on Migration and Journalism chaired by Afua Hirsch, social affairs and education editor, Sky News. More details and book your place on the Eventbrite site.

Digital rights: event in Aberdeen to show how you can protect your rights in a digital world. Bring a smartphone or laptop and browse the web anonymously and explore the use of cryptographic tools on Thursday 23 February. More details on the Org Aberdeen website.

Free information service for journalists

The NUJ is researching members’ interest in a new, free information service for journalists, researchers and writers covering local areas of the UK, organised by county, unitary and London borough council areas. Can you please complete this short survey.

Training & free workshops

NUJ video for journalism training: increasingly journalists are being asked to shoot professional video footage to accompany reports. This three-day course starting on Monday 15 May will show you how. More details and how to book on the NUJ website.

All reps' training and health & safety training in London, Manchester and Glasgow can be found on the NUJ training page.

Free workshops: 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 setting clear goals to improve creative performance, helping 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.

Traineeships, internships & work placements

ITV news traineeship: applications are now open for 12 talented recruits, seven of whom will work in the broadcaster's English regional newsrooms. The deadline is Sunday 26 February. More details on the ITV website.

Work placements for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students or graduates: The Guardian is offering two to three-week placements in summer to help increase diversity in newsrooms. The deadline for applications is Monday 27th March. More details on the Positive Action Scheme website.

Summer internships: The Spectator is offering paid internships of a couple of weeks from the beginning of June to the end of August, closing date for applications Friday 17 March. Find out more on the magazine's website.

News UK, publisher of The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun is looking for aspiring journalists and digital developers, aged 18-25, to take part in its all-expenses paid summer school  from Sunday to Friday, August, 20-25. More details on the News Digital Academy website. Deadline for applications is Sunday 14 May.

Journalists' safety

The Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma, a project of Columbia Journalism School, is working with researchers at the University of Tulsa to understand journalists’ experience of hostile environments, first aid and safety training. Can you help by completing this survey which will help organisations to improve their training for journalists.

Press freedom

Journalists and whistleblowers could be sent to prison for 14 years for exposing corruption and government wrongdoing under proposals by the Law Commission for a new Espionage Act to update the Official Secrets Act. Sign this petition asking the commission to drop its recommendation to criminalise journalists and public-interest whistleblowers and a 38 Degrees petition on the same subject. See the NUJ statement.

Don't let Trump get his hands on our intelligence data: the Investigatory Powers Bill allows collection of huge amounts of data about all our lives. Sign the SomeOfUs petition asking Theresa May not to share UK data with the US if President Trump will use it to strip away basic liberties.

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