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14 April, 2017

Payback time

Are you a visual artist and has your work been published in a book, magazine or on TV? If so, you are probably eligible for DACS payback royalties for secondary uses of your work, such as photocopying. Last year individual payments ranged from £25 to £4,215. The deadline for claims is Monday 1 May. You can contact DACS for more information and how to make a claim.

Insurance deal for journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is holding a webinar on Tuesday 9 May at 11.30-13.00 to explain its insurance scheme for journalists. The speakers are Hugh Brumfitt, Insurance for Journalists, and Jeremy Dear, IFJ deputy general secretary. This will be of particular interest to freelances. You can sign up for the webinar on the IFJ website.

Women and the media

Get your tickets for the Stronger Voice for Women in the Media event on Wednesday 19 April, at University of Strathclyde, where the results of a survey about women journalists' experiences will be revealed. Speakers include Neil Mackay,  Sunday Herald editor, who will talk about his support for equality in the media and Fiona McKay, journalist and researcher, on media coverage of women in politics.

The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards has called for entries. The awards, supported by NUJ Scotland, recognise high quality work which confronts violence and gender inequality. The deadline for entries is Saturday 30 September.

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.

Ian Bell young writers' award

The radical journalist and writer Ian Bell (1956-2015) was a member of the Edinburgh and District branch of the National Union of Journalists and a firm supporter of trade union rights. Inspired by an idea from his widow Mandy, the branch is setting up an award in Ian’s name. The competition will be open to writers under the age of 30 and will be for a piece of unpublished work in the critical spirit of Ian Bell. Please make a donation to the branch to help raise funds for the award by contacting Hilary Horrocks, NUJ Edinburgh branch vice-chair at


Tax advice for freelances: accountancy firm HW Fisher is running another of its successful seminars on tax for the self-employed on Monday 5 June.  You can reserve your place on the NUJ website.

Conference on insecure work: 10 years on from the Commission on Vulnerable Employment, on Tuesday 23 May, the TUC is hosting a discussion on how unions and government can tackle insecure work and the gig economy. Speakers include Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary, and Matthew Taylor, who is leading the government's Independent Review of Insecure Work. Reserve your free ticket on the Eventbrite website.

The fight against austerity and for workers' rights: this TUCG fringe meeting at the Scottish TUC annual congress will discuss the threats to workers' rights from the Trade Union Act and Brexit, 12.45-14.00, Monday 24 April at the Strathspey restaurant, Strathspey hotel, Macdonald Aviemore Resort. Full list of speakers on the NUJ website.

Union learning & free workshops

Unionlearn, the learning and skills organisation of the TUC, is asking union reps to complete a short survey to assess the latest information on the role of reps in supporting learning and skills in the workplace. Please complete the survey here. The deadline is Friday 28 April.

The new programme of TUC Union Professionals’ courses is now on the TUC education website. These courses are specifically for employees of trade unions and include two new courses: Managing Budgets and An Introduction to Trade Union History. For further information, contact TUC education officer Martin Hegarty at or telephone 0207 467 1219.

The new General  Federation of Trade Unions' education programme is now available on the GFTU website.

The full range of NUJ's courses for reps and professional training can be found on the training page of the NUJ 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; Running a successful social media campaign; Negotiation skills for freelances; Finances for freelances; and an introduction to Instagram. Plus two workshops in May in Manchester to help improve your career prospects. More information on the FEU website.

Journalists’ Copyright Fund

Individuals and organisations are being invited to apply to the Journalists’ Copyright Fund (JCF) which provides grants for projects associated with copyright, via an application form available on the NUJ website with a deadline for applications of Friday 21 April.  Details of the JCF’s criteria and guidelines for applying are also included.

Poetry for the workers

Bread and Roses Poetry Award: a new award, sponsored by Unite the Union, is now open to encourage poets to focus on themes meaningful to working-class people and communities and to encourage them to take an interest in poetry. There is a £500 cash prize for the winner, £250 second prize and £100 third prize. More details on the Culture Matters website. The deadline for entries is midnight Wednesday 31 May.

Support your library

The Carnegie UK Trust is launching a pilot programme, Engaging Libraries, in partnership with the Wellcome Trust. It offers funding and support to public libraries across the UK and Ireland to explore health and wellbeing issues through creative and imaginative public engagement projects. More information about the programme and details and dates of workshops for applicants can be found on the trust's website.

The trust has also published Shining a Light report, which provides an insight into how people in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales use public libraries.

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