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30 June, 2017


Freelance Salon, London: come along for a fun and informative evening of networking and workshops with a focus on ways to make journalism pay at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square on Thursday 13 July. Speakers include David Quantick, former music journalist and script writer for Veep, The Thick of It and Brass Eye and Remona Aly, a writer and broadcaster who specialises in faith, lifestyle and identity and presents BBC Radio 4's Something Understood. Book your ticket on the Eventbrite site.

Stand Up for Satire: Index on Censorship is offering a special half-price ticket for NUJ members to attend their comedy night at the Union Chapel, Islington, starting at 19.30 on Tuesday 4 July. Join Al Murray the Pub Landlord for an American Independence day with a twist, with a line-up that includes Tim Key, Kerry Godliman, Felicity Ward, Dane Baptiste and Deborah Frances-White, host of the Guilty Feminist podcast. Get your tickets online.

ABSW Science Journalism Summer School 2017: this one-day event on Wednesday 5 July in London is for people who want to start or reinvigorate a career in science journalism. It will cover pitching and freelancing skills, data and investigative journalism and will allow for networking and meeting many editors. More details on speakers and how to book tickets can be found on the NUJ website.

Britain still needs a pay rise! The TUC is organising a rally in London to protest against the longest pay squeeze since Victorian times. Make your voice heard on the march on the evening of  Monday 17 July and call on the government to give a fair pay rise to public service workers. Details regarding speakers and location will be confirmed soon on the TUC website.

Tolpuddle Martyrs festival: join in the weekend of family entertainment, stalls, political debate, comedy, music and a grand procession through the village, from 14-16 July. Find out more on the festival website.

Steve Hewlett Memorial Fund

This fund set up in memory of the celebrated broadcaster, backed by the Media Society and the Royal Television Society, will provide scholarships for young people from low income households who are studying an undergraduate broadcast journalism course in the UK. The recipient will be chosen by a panel including Steve’s widow Rachel. Nick Robinson, BBC Radio Four Today presenter and former BBC political editor, will give the inaugural Steve Hewlett Memorial Lecture on Thursday 28 September at the University of Westminster. You can book for the lecture and go to the memorial fund's website for details on how to apply for a scholarship or donate to the fund.

Courses and free workshops

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.

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.

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.

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 taking place in London, Bristol and Birmingham, including: creative blogging for freelances; finance for freelances and Instagram for beginners. More details and how to book on the FEU website.

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