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NUJ Active
12 May, 2017

Dear member,

This week's NUJ Active has news of:

  • the new café bar at the union's London HQ.
  • a new set of NUJ masterclasses to help with your career.
  • guidance for the union during the general election.
  • training for reps & free workshops.
Dear Member,

© James Newton

Welcome to The Chapel

You are all invited to The Chapel café bar on the ground floor of Headland House, Gray's Inn Road, London. It is open to the public and is a great place to meet friends, colleagues and contacts or to network after union events.There is a good selection of wine, craft beers and spirits and Basque-inspired tapas-style food. It is open Monday to Friday from 11.00-23.00 and plans to be open for breakfast and at weekends. NUJ members are entitled to a 12.5 per cent discount. Contact details, menus, lunch and dinner times and how to get there are on The Chapel's website.

NUJ Masterclasses

The NUJ's newly refurbished meeting rooms make an attractive venue for holding events and workshops, especially as The Chapel café bar is an ideal place to have a drink and something to eat while you relax or network afterwards.

When Tweets turn sour: pressure on journalists to use social media grows daily, but fast-changing criminal and civil case law makes this perilous terrain. Holly Powell-Jones, journalist and media tutor, will take this masterclass on how to Tweet safely on Wednesday 24 May at 18.00. For more details and how to book, go to the NUJ events website page.

Success with self-published ebooks: approximately a third of all books sold today are eBooks and their format is well-suited for long-form journalism. Tim Dawson leads this masterclass on making and marketing a successful ebook on Thursday 1 June at 18.00. For more details and how to book, go to the NUJ events website page.

Podcast your way to stardom
: podcasting has become the vehicle for some of the most innovative and exciting journalism of recent years. Matt Hall is taking this masterclass in making an effective podcast on Thursday 15 June at 18.00. For more details and how to book, go to the NUJ events website page.

Speech writing for profit and persuasion: effective speech writers command significant fees in politics, business and non-commercial sectors. Ian McKenzie leads this masterclass in how to create a memorable and effective speech on Thursday 22 June at 18.00. For more details and how to book, go to the NUJ events website page.


Luke Wright: the brilliant poet performs a special one-off gig at the NUJ, including poems from his latest collection on Monday 5 June at 18.30. As Patti Smith said: "Cool poems!" For more details and how to book, go to the NUJ events website page.

Benefit gig for the NUJ Exiled Journalists Network: this benefit on Saturday 13 May will raise essential funds to help exiled journalists in Manchester and Salford NUJ branch so they can start to work again or pay for any legal process they may be going through. The full line up and how to book is on the Eventbrite site. Find out more on the network's website.

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.

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.

The NUJ & the general election

The NUJ does not have a political fund and is not affiliated to a political party. We cannot campaign for or against any party in an election. We are legally obliged to avoid activities that might require us to register with the Electoral Commission as a third party campaigner as that would suggest we were in breach of the political fund rules. This note on the NUJ website is a guide for all staff, NEC members and activists who act in a representative capacity.

NUJ Communications Review

NUJ Active is just one of the many ways the union communicates with its membership. There is the Journalist magazine, NUJ Informed from the national executive council, the website, Facebook, Twitter and other social media, plus branch circulars. Following a motion passed at the last Delegate Meeting, the union is holding a strategic communications review to explore how the union can improve the way it informs and responds to its members. Further details of the Strategic Communications Review can be found on the NUJ website. You can respond to the review by emailing

Courses and free workshops

Freedom of Information requests: if you want to learn how to make an effective FOI request, then this practical course run by the Campaign for Freedom of Information on Monday 22 May in London is for you. More information can be found on the NUJ website.

The latest dates and full range of NUJ's free courses for reps, including health and safety, can be found on the training page of the NUJ website. Booking is open for reps' stage 1 on 29/30th June in London, contact Caroline at to reserve your 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 as a member of the NUJ you will be able to take part in a range of courses in London, Manchester and Bristol which include: learning ways to make your freelance business more profitable; how to set a budget; how to get your book published; how to improve your cv and job interviewing skills and Instagram for beginners. More details and how to book on 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/iPad, surviving, thriving as a freelance and strategic communications. See the programme of events on the Welsh training website.

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