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NUJ Active
26 May, 2017

Dear member,

This week's NUJ Active includes information on:

  • The NUJ's Masterclasses
  • George Viner Memorial Fund bursaries
  • Trade union training
  • Nominations for the new Irish executive council

NUJ Masterclasses

Success with self-published ebooks on Thursday 1 June will show you how to make and market an ebook; Podcast your way to stardom on Thursday 15 June will help you become a successful podcaster; Speech writing for profit and persuasion on Thursday 22 June will show you how to create a memorable and effective speech; and When Tweets Turn Sour on Wednesday 28 June will enable you to tweet safely.

All masterclasses start at 18.00. For more details and how to book, go to the Eventbrite website.

George Viner Memorial Fund

The George Viner Memorial Fund, the NUJ's charity which provides bursaries for black and Asian journalism students, is now open for applications for 2017/18. Last year's George Viner scholars were celebrated at a ceremony last week. Find out more details about the bursaries and how to apply on the NUJ website.


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 website.

Living on the edge: the rise of job insecurity in Britain. The TUC is hosting a conference on Monday 26 June to discuss how unions and other civil organisations can tackle insecure work. Speakers include Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary, and Matthew Taylor, head of the government review into employment practices. For more information and to reserve your place, go to the TUC website

Freelance Salon, London: put Thursday 13 July in your diary for the next salon at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1, more details to follow.

Tribute to Jayaben Desai: the star of the Grunwick factory strike will be commemorated as part of Black History month on Monday 2 October at Congress House, London. More details on the event's flyer.

Irish Executive Council

Nominations are invited for the new Irish Executive Council. Please ensure nominations are made at a properly constituted branch meeting and that each nominee is willing to accept the nomination. Nomination forms must reach NUJ, 2nd Floor, Spencer House, Spencer Row, Off Store Street, Dublin 1 by 17.00 on Friday 28 July. Details of the vacancies and sectors can be found on the NUJ website.

Courses and free workshops

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, Birmingham and Bristol which include: learning ways to make your freelance business more profitable; how to negotiate as a freelance; finance for freelances; and how to get your book published. 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 and thriving as a freelance and strategic communications. See the programme of events on the Welsh training website.

The dates for free trade union training, including health and safety and emplyment law updates, in London, Glasgow and Manchester can be found on the NUJ website. Book now for reps' stage 1 in London on 29/20th June, email Caroline Holmes at to reserve a place.

Local newspapers conference

Provincial Newspapers: lessons from history. Papers are invited for a one-day conference on Friday 8 September, in Liverpool, on the theme of provincial, regional and local newspapers, organised by media historians from Coventry University and Liverpool John Moores University. The deadline for proposals is Thursday 1 June. For more information, go to the conference website.

The Chapel café bar

The Chapel café bar on the ground floor of Headland House, Gray's Inn Road, London 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 Saturday from 16.00. 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 The Chapel café bar website.

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