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30 March, 2017


The British Psychological Association is hosting an event to discuss how forensic psychology can play a role in the representation of crime in the media. Whether you are a seasoned crime journalist looking to improve your backgrounders, a crime writer looking for greater insight into the criminal mind, or just interested in learning about crime writing and its place in the media, this promises to be a fascinating evening. Speakers include Erwin James, former prisoner and Guardian columnist. If you are interested in attending, please register by emailing putting Crime in the subject field. All members, including students welcome.

Local News Matters pledge

Sign and share the NUJ and TUC public pledge calling for investment in quality local journalism and the UK government to launch a public inquiry to examine the local media crisis.

Write to your local MP to ask them to sign the Local News Matters early day motion EDM 1109. You can contact your MP via the Write to Them website.



Protect your sources: with the passing of the Regulatory Powers Act and a proposed Espionage Act which could increase penalties for whistlebowers and journalists to 14 years... what can you do to protect your sources? Freelance editor Mike Holderness will offer advice at the London Freelance branch meeting on Monday 10 April. More details on the LRB website.

Workers' Memorial Day is on Friday 28 April. Why not make it an item at your next branch meeting? This year's theme is good health and safety for all workers, whoever they are. Lots of information on what you can do on the TUC website.

Byline festival: 2-4 June in Sussex. Debate, think, laugh, dance and change the world! Music includes the Blow Monkeys and speakers include Heather Brooke, Bea Campbell, James Doleman, Laurie Flynn, Bonnie Greer, David Henke, Luke Harding, Lenny Henry, A L Kennedy, Hardeep Singh Kohli, 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.

Disabled journalists’ programme

BBC News's Disabled Journalists’ Programme is a year-long programme which offers 12 placements for people with appropriate journalism experience across the BBC News Mobile and Online department. Applications close at midnight on Wednesday 12 April. More information on the BBC website.


Suport Friends of Ruskin

Ruskin College, Oxford, has closed its International Labour and Trade Union Studies BA and MA courses and made all academic staff in the department redundant. The decision removes from the UK the only remaining institution providing labour and trade union studies. Support the Friends of Ruskin campaign.

Reps' and professional 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 dates for reps' general 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/iPad, surviving, thriving as a freelance and strategic communications. See the programme of events on the Welsh training website.

Free workshops: sign on at FEU training and you will be able to take part in the upcoming courses: Improving your skills in handling a camera and creating video stories; Runing a successful social media campaign; and Negotiation skills for freelances. More information on the FEU website.

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