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NUJ Active
9 June, 2017

Dear member,

This week's NUJ Active features events and opportunities including:

  • Freelance Salon, London, with exciting speakers.
  • NUJ Masterclasses on podcasting, speech writing and tweeting.
  • Digital security and defamation training courses in Scotland.
  • Bursaries for black and Asian journalists.

Have you tried The Chapel café bar at the NUJ's London HQ for drinks and snacks yet?

Dear Member,

© James Newton

NUJ Masterclasses

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 can 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 are held at the NUJ's London HQ and start at 18.00. For more details and how to book, go to the Eventbrite website.

Courses and free workshops

Digital security and defamation training courses, hosted by NUJ Scotland: two full-day courses on surveillance in Glasgow on Thursday 8 June and Edinburgh on Thursday 22 June will cover topics including: UK surveillance legislation; human rights and surveillance; privacy enhancing technology, data sharing; and practical support. Full course outline. Two half-day courses on defamation law in Glasgow on Friday 9 June and Edinburgh on Thursday 23 June, will cover: basics of defamation; defamation in the digital age; what defences are available; publication and republication. Full course outline. Places are limited. To reserve your slot, please contact

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 including online courses.

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 and Birmingham including: finance for freelances; how to get your book published; creative blogging; and voice training. More details and how to book on the FEU website.

The dates for free trade union training, including health and safety and employment law updates, in London, Glasgow and Manchester can be found on the NUJ website. Book now for reps' stage 1 in London on 29/30 June, email Caroline Holmes at to reserve a place.

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.

Gender, globalisation and poverty reduction: this three-day TUC course (free for NUJ members) starting on Tuesday 13 June at South Thames College is for union reps who are interested in understanding how they can contribute to international development issues, either through their trade union or workplace. More details on the TUC website or  contact TUC Education on 0207 467 1251.


Freelance Salon, London: come along on Thursday 13 July for a fun and informative evening of networking and workshops with a special focus on diversification and new ways to make journalism pay. Speakers include Radio 4 broadcaster Remona Aly and Veep scriptwriter David Quantick. More details and how to book are on the NUJ website.

#CIJSummer: the Centre for Investigative Journalism is holding its summer school on 22-24 June. Whether you are a seasoned journalist, a student or an activist this event provides a huge range of opportunities to learn skills, network and debate the issues. For more details and how to book go to the CIJ website.

Webinar for reps on stress

Tackling workplace stress: this TUC webinar, on Thursday 15 June, from 14.30-15.30, for union safety reps, will explain how they can help reduce workplace stress.  It will be presented by Hugh Robertson, TUC senior health and safety policy officer and will include:

  • Causes of work related stress.
  • Dealing with workloads.
  • Unacceptable behaviour.

You can find more information and sign up for the webinar on the TUC website.

Bursaries for BAME writers & journalists

The Felix Dexter bursary: BBC Comedy and BBC Writersroom have launched a six-month traineeship scheme for comedy writers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. It honours the late actor and writer Felix Dexter who featured in The Fast Show, Absolutely Fabulous and Citizen Khan. The deadline for applications is Monday 12 June at 17.00. More details can be found on the BBC website.

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. Find out more details about the bursaries and how to apply on the NUJ 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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