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1 September, 2017

NUJ Communications Review

NUJ Active is just one of the many ways the union communicates with its members. There is the Journalist magazine, NUJ Informed, the website, Facebook, Twitter and other social media, plus branch circulars. Following a motion passed at the last Delegates 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. The work is being carried out by Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary, and Séamus Dooley, acting general secretary. Please let them know your views by completing this online survey.

Courses and free workshops

Google tools training: the NUJ and Google News Lab have teamed up to offer free training to NUJ members in Dublin and London. The Dublin event takes place on Monday 25 September 12.30-17.00 and the London event is on Friday 29 September 9.30-14.30. It is important for journalists to deepen their digital skills. Understanding the key digital techniques in verification, fact-checking and visualisation is essential. This session will provide a range of digital tools that you can use in your work. The workshop is designed to help beginners, encourage those with more confidence and give experts some new examples of best practice. To reserve your place email Sarah Kavanagh, NUJ senior campaigns and communications officer:

TUC training webinars: join the new webinar series every Thursday in September at 14:30. The subjects are: trade union membership; occupational cancer; supporting midlife and older workers; and public sector pay. Register to take part on the TUC Education website.

Free trade union training: check the events page on the website for new and changed dates, plus our new Developing Confidence course, for members and reps who would like to improve their communication skills. NUJ trade union training provides reps with information to help them in their role, provides employment law updates and has courses in health and safety, organising and recruitment, plus how to deal with bullying and harassment.

Professional training: courses on freedom of information requests, tax for freelances and media law 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.

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, including how to: market your work; improve your time management; write a killer cv; and manage your finances. More details and how to book are on the FEU website.


The Irish Delegate Conference will take place in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin, on Saturday 18 November. The preliminary agenda will be issued next week and branches will be discussing possible amendments to the motions. For more information, email

Focus on safety at work: photographs from a competition to commemorate International Workers Memorial Day are now on show at the People’s History Museum in Manchester until Monday 4 September. Third prize was won by Phil Morcom, chair of the NUJ's Public Relations and Communications Council. The competition was to encourage workers to consider the importance of safe working environments and the potential for injury, illness and death when employers do not protect their employees. You can see Phil's picture on the Thompsons Solicitors website.

Pay & privatisation: the trade union movement must unite and fight the Tories and their agenda of cuts, privatisation and their relentless attacks on the working class. This Trade Union Co-ordinating Group fringe on Monday 11 September in Room 1B, Brighton Conference Centre will discuss the campaign to defend public services and ensure those who deliver them receive the pay they deserve. More details and the list of speakers can be found on the NUJ website.

Fair press for tenants: join Manchester and Salford branch on Thursday 14 September at the University of Salford for a glass of wine and a bite to eat at the launch of a guide for media workers created by people living in social housing. This event will provide the opportunity for journalists and others interested in housing to speak directly to tenants, journalists and social housing workers who have produced the guide. More details can be found on the NUJ website.

Freelance Salon, Cardiff: Diversity to Succeed is an NUJ workshop on Saturday 4 November from 9:30 -14.00 at the Radisson Blu, Bute Terrace, Cardiff CF10 2FL, which will explore ways of diversifying to make journalism pay. Freelance speakers will share their experience of operating in a media industry that offers a wealth of new opportunities. If you are freelance and would like an injection of exciting new ideas or you are considering a freelance career this event is not to be missed. Find out more on the NUJ Training Wales website.

Know your rights

Read, download or print a selection of factsheets created for the NUJ by Thompsons Solicitors on a range of issues, including copyright, equal pay, social media etiquette, workers' rights and more. Go to the Thompsons website to see the full range.

Fellowships & grants

The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme is a media funding project operated by the European Journalism Centre (EJC). The programme aims to advance innovative reporting of international development issues. The average grant given is around €20,000. The latest programme is looking for reports on issues related to: food production and food security; health and nutrition; and food trade and markets. The deadline for applications is 6 September. Find out more on the EJC website.

Nominate your free expression champion: the Index on censorship freedom of expression awards are open to any individual or organisation involved in tackling free expression threats. On offer are four 12-month fellowships in the following categories: journalism; campaigning; arts; and digital activism. Anyone can nominate or self-nominate. Nominees must have had a recognisable impact in the past year. Nominations must be submitted by 23.59 October GMT. Find out more on the Index website.

Data Journalism Handbook

What would you like to see in the next edition of the Data Journalism Handbook? Its second edition, produced by the European Journalism Centre and Google News Lab, with support from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Public Data Lab, will be available in 2018 in four languages as a free download. The authors, Jonathan Gray and Liliana Bounegru, would like your input to help to shape, write, use and share it by filling in this online form.

How are financial pressures affecting news reporting?

A survey supported by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is taking a snapshot of how financial pressures are affecting news reporting and how money shapes what gets reported – and what does not. Please take part in the online survey on the EFJ website.

Pioneering women

Author Jane Robinson is working on a book celebrating the centenary of women’s entry into the traditional professions following the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of December 1919. She is writing about pioneer architects, lawyers, doctors, engineers, churchwomen and those working in academia and the media during the 1920s and 1930s. She would like to hear about your favourite female role models of that era. She’s looking for strong (but not necessarily high-profile) characters and surprising achievements; inspirational women who through their own efforts and determination helped to shape the family and working lives of professional women today. Contact her at or c/o Veronique Baxter, David Higham Associates, Floor 7, Waverley House 7-12 Noel Street, London W1F 8GQ.

Film competition

The Labour Film Festival International Contest 2017 is open and looking for films that tell stories related to the world of work and of workers and their lives. The deadline is Friday 20 October. Find out more on the festival website.

NUJ news

The NUJ has:

  • welcomed a report by the London's Assembly's economic committee which asked the Mayor of London to show real leadership in standing up for local news as local newspapers become "an endangered species". The union will now be meeting his office staff to discuss the report's recommendations.
  • given a qualified welcome to the publication by the Creative Diversity Network of the first set of data from project Diamond. The project aims to monitor equality in the TV production industry.
  • called for a redrafting of secrecy provisions of the Judicial Council Bill 2017, which prohibit publication of the names of judges censured by the Judicial Council. The bill is due to be debated in the forthcoming parliamentary session in Ireland.
  • responded to the news of the closure of the Oldham Chronicle, launched in 1854, with the loss of almost 50 jobs.

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