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3 March, 2017

Local News Matters Week

Contact your MP: as part of LNM week we are asking all members to contact their local MP to discuss the campaign. A template letter and briefing are available on the website. Let us know if you use the letter and secure a meeting so we can link up the work with the union's Parliamentary Group. Email:

Parliamentary research report: launch of new research on Tuesday 28 March by Dr Gordon Neil Ramsay, deputy director, Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, King's College London, on local news provision in the UK and its impact on democracy. More details and the list of speakers at this event in committee room 12 are on the NUJ website.

Future of News: this event on Friday 31 March organised by NUJ Scotland in Edinburgh includes US academic, Robert McChesney, who has proposed a Citizenship News Voucher scheme. More details on the NUJ website.

NUJ reps' summit: taking place in Manchester on Saturday 1 April, this event is an opportunity for NUJ 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: on Friday 24 March you can quiz representatives from organisations such as: BBC Bristol; Bristol Post; Voice Network; ITV West Country; Bristol 24/7; Bristol Cable and more. More details on the NUJ website.

The Centre for Investigative Journalism is holding a training workshop for local/community journalists in Glasgow on Monday March 27 during Local News Matters Week. There will be workshops on data journalism and interpreting company accounts. Nik Williams, who leads the Campaign for Defamation Reform in Scotland, will discuss Scots defamation law and there will be a session about the award-winning investigative journalism co-operative,The Ferret. To sign up for the all-day event at the University of Strathclyde, Lord Hope Building, 141 St James Road, Glasgow, G4 0LT, contact

Event for health & science writers

Do you want to get your specialist stories and work 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.

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. The list of speakers can be found on the NUJ website. To reserve your place, email Sarah Kavanagh, NUJ senior campaigns and communications officer,


Tax advice for freelances: accountancy firm HW Fisher & Company is running another of its successful seminars on tax for the self-employed and staffers who have recently become freelance on Monday 5 June.  You can reserve your place on the NUJ website. 

Freelance Forum Dublin: this regular one-day refresher, on Monday 3 April, organised by the Dublin Freelance NUJ branch, is designed to keep freelance journalists up to date with the latest developments in their industry. You can reserve your place 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.

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.

Protect whistleblowers

Protection of whistleblowers: ask your MP to sign early day motion 1002 which raises grave concerns about Law Commission recommendations which could put journalists and whistleblowers in prison for 14 years for exposing corruption and government wrongdoing. You can contact your MP via the Write to Them website  and sign the petition asking the commission to drop its recommendation to criminalise journalists and public-interest whistleblowers.

Reps' and professional training

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 dates for reps' training, health & safety training and employment law updates in London, Manchester and Glasgow can be found on the NUJ training page.

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, surviving, thriving as a freelance and strategic communications. See the programme of events on the Welsh training website.

Young journalists & students

Anthony Howard Award for Young Journalists:  if you are a working or aspiring journalist, aged under 27, you can apply to win £25,000 and work for The Times, The Observer and the New Statesman as part of a prize, sponsored by the Haymarket Media Group, established in memory of the writer and broadcaster Anthony Howard. The deadline for applications is Sunday 23 April and you can apply on the awards website.

Get In: the BBC is looking for the next generation of talent in radio, television and online content. Get Ins are two-hour open events where you can find out opportunities for young journalists as trainees or apprentices. Latest dates can be found on the BBC Academy website.

Women in the Scottish media

NUJ Scotland has funding from the STUC for the Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project to look at women's working conditions and opportunities in the industry. Do you think women get a fair deal working in the media industry in Scotland? Are women well represented at senior editorial level? Are women fairly portrayed in the press? If you work in the media in Scotland complete our survey by March 17. There will be an event at the end of April. Project worker Fiona Davidson will be contacting members, visiting branches and chapels in the coming weeks and working with employers, trade unionists and other organisations representing women and women's interests.

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