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28 April, 2017

Training on making FOI requests

Do you want to learn how to use the Freedom of Information Act? Are you already using the Act, but want to know more about how key provisions are being interpreted? This practical course, run by the Campaign for Freedom of Information, is designed to help campaigners, researchers, journalists and others make the most of the Act and the parallel Environmental Information Regulations. It will take place on Monday 22 May at Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA. More information on the NUJ website.

Inquiry into News Journalism in Wales

The Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee of the National Assembly for Wales is holding an inquiry into News Journalism in Wales. This includes local and regional newspapers, news websites, hyperlocal news providers and local television. The committee is interested in hearing about innovative models to support news journalism in Wales. The NUJ will be making a submission and is looking to members to make a contribution. Can you please email or make your submission directly to the committee at The deadline is Friday 5 May. More details on the Assembly website.


Reporting Poverty: this conference on Friday 5 May at Liverpool John Moores University, will showcase a range of international papers looking at historic and contemporary reporting of poverty. The NUJ film made with Reporters' Academy will be screened as part of the event including a panel discussion with Church Action on Poverty. More details on the NUJ website. The film will also be shown at 13.00, Saturday 29 April, at the Manchester Mechanics Centre as part of the city's May Day Festival.

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.


Survey of LGBT+ workers

Are you LGBT+? Are you working or have worked in the past five years? Can you complete this confidential survey by Friday 5 May.  The findings will be used to help the TUC prepare resources for trade union reps, training materials and spread awareness of the experiences and issues affecting LGBT+ workers. If you have any questions please contact

Support Somalian journalists

In the past four years, the federal government of Somalia has been attacking the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and the Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU) because they refused to be controlled by the government. The government imposed non-union members as leaders of FESTU and NUSOJ and has intimidated union leaders and members, including arrest. The Supreme Court of Somalia and the international Labour Organisation (ILO) supported the demand that the government recognise the internationally recognised leadership of NUSOJ and FESTU, and stop the attacks on the unions.  Please sign this petition addressed to the President and Prime Minister  calling on them to stop attacks on journalists and trade unions and implement ILO decisions on Somalia.

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.

The latest dates and full range of NUJ's courses for reps and professional training, including health and safety, can be found on the training page of the NUJ website. Last-minute cancellations have left some free places on reps' stage 2 course on 11/12th May in London, plus booking is open for and reps' stage 1 on 29/30th June in London, contact Caroline at to reserve your free place. There are places left on the reps' stage 3 in Glasgow on 16/17 June, contact Dominic to book at

Free workshops: sign on at FEU training and you will be able to take part in two forthcoming courses in London, Finances for freelances and an introduction to Instagram, plus two workshops in Manchester to help improve your career prospects. More information on the FEU website.

Payback deadline

If you are a visual artist and want to claim DACS Payback 2017 royalties for secondary uses, the deadline is fast approaching – Monday 1 May.  The DACS offices will be shut on Monday owing to the Bank Holiday, so if you have any queries or need more information, make sure you contact DACS by the close of business on Friday 28 April. 

Donate to the IFJ's safety fund

The International Federation of Journalists' safety fund provides financial and practical assistance to journalists and the families of journalists at risk. It was established in 1992 and depends on the donations of journalists worldwide. It helps media workers who are injured in the line of duty and in cases where the media organisation employing the journalist are unable to cover such costs as travel, medical or subsistence costs. It also provides assistance for the families of journalists who have been killed and have no means to sustain themselves. Please make a donation or ask your chapel or branch to make a contribution.

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