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4 August, 2017


Events

Contesting the Spirit of Unity: Whose Festival? Whose Culture? The NUJ in Scotland is supporting this event at the Edinburgh International Festival at 11.00 on Wednesday 16 August at the Studio Theatre, Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BL. The show, in the form of readings and a panel discussion, will examine the origin of the festival's "culture wars", when the Glasgow Unity Theatre fought for working class talent to be represented. You can find more information and buy tickets on the Spirit of Unity website.

Understanding copyright and making it pay: this event sponsored by the Glasgow branch of the NUJ on 24 August will address the basics of copyright, including what to ask for when granting permission to use your work, how to get paid for your copyright and how to challenge infringements. Spaces are limited and priority will be given to NUJ members. More information and how to book can be found on the Eventbrite page.

Were the Tory tabloids defanged? The media and the general election: Nick Jones, former BBC Labour and political correspondent, leads a discussion on the tabloids' coverage of the election and asks if the result exposed the growing impotence of the right-wing "red-tops" at this Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom event at 15.00, Sunday 13 August, at the South Yorkshire Festival, Wortley Hall, Sheffield. More information on the NUJ website.

Pride events: go to the Pink UK website for the dates of all pride parades in the UK and Ireland.

Britain still needs a pay rise: join the trade union action on Thursday 12 October. Assemble at 17.30 opposite Downing Street, march via the departments of health, education, the Treasury and Home Office and then rally outside Parliament.


Professional and trade union training

Training on using the Freedom of Information Act: submitting a FOI request is straightforward but making an effective request can be more difficult. This one-day course on Wednesday 4 October at the Free Word Centre, London, will show you how. The course for beginners and those who are already using the Act but want to do so more effectively.  More details and how to book can be found on the NUJ website.

Go to the TUC Education website for the latest eNotes, including one on sexual harassment. Each eNote is a self-contained module - a mixture of text, video and quizzes. They last between 20 and 45 minutes and can be returned to as many times as you like.

Free workshops: sign on at the Federation of Entertainment Unions' training website and as a member of the NUJ you will be able to join a range of courses in London, Bristol and Manchester, including how to: use data to run a more profitable freelance career; deal with setbacks; keep motivated as a freelance; and help you market your work. 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, Oxford and Manchester can be found on the NUJ website.

NUJ Training 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 Training Wales: there are courses on mentoring and coaching, filming and editing on an iPhone/iPad, surviving and thriving as a freelance, and strategic communications. NUJ Training Wales also holds special theme-based events. The full list of courses and dates can be found on the Welsh training website.


NUJ News

The NUJ has made two statements about the BBC and pay inequality, commenting on the publication of BBC stars' pay and noting that the pay gap is a feature throughout the organisation. The union has also called for a pay review at RTÉ. Our submission to Ofcom's consultation on BBC performance said the regulator should monitor off-screen diversity, not only on-screen diversity, and said cuts to the BBC's budget would put news and current affairs coverage at risk.

The union has commented on: job losses announced at Johnston Press in Scotland; the closure of seven Tindle titles in north London; and company reports from Trinity Mirror and Johnston Press.


Research on drones

Phil Chamberlain, NUJ member and academic and author of Drones and Journalism: How the media is making use of unmanned aerial vehicles is researching the professional use of drones by journalists.This anonymous survey takes only a few minutes to complete and the results will be published on the NUJ website. Complete the survey online today and find out more about the project by emailing phillip.chamberlain@uwe.ac.uk


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