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September 2017


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The Chapel in London

The Chapel Bar and Café is at the NUJ's Headland House, open from 11.00 til 23.00 Monday to Friday. They have a brand new menu serving Mexican inspired flat-breads and serving a good selection of wine, craft beers, cocktails, spirits and great coffee. There is a discount for NUJ members. Visit The Chapel website for more information.


NUJ London

As part of the Byline Festival, the union has organised an event focused on dark money and deep data at Headland House on Wednesday 20 September. The speakers include Carole Cadwalldr, Mary Fitzgerald, James Patrick and Peter York. For more information and to book your place visit the NUJ website.

The Campaign for Freedom of Information organises regular training events on how to use the FOI Act. The next training session will take place on Wednesday 4 October in London. For more information and to register to attend visit the NUJ website.

The NUJ London freelance branch has organised a one-day course on data journalism on Friday 20 October at Headland House. The event will cover topics including understanding data and risk, assessing data quality, surveys, data sources such as government information, predictions (and how they should generally be avoided), freedom of information, combining and manipulating data, graphing and mapping. For more information and to book your place visit the NUJ website.

Every October during black history month, the union's black members' council organise a memorial lecture in honour of Claudia Jones, a black journalist, feminist, political activist and the mother of Notting Hill carnival. In 1958, Claudia became the founder and editor of the first black British weekly newspaper, The West Indian Gazette. This year Diane Abbott MP, the shadow home secretary, will be the guest speaker. In 1987 Abbott made history by becoming the first black woman ever elected to the UK parliament. The lecture will take place on Thursday 26 October. The booking details for the event will be announced soon and put the date in your diary now.


NUJ Ireland

The Dublin Freelance Forum is a regular one day event designed to keep freelance journalists up to date with the latest developments in the industry. Aimed at writers and photographers, and hoping to cover print, broadcast and online, it is organised by the NUJ. This year the event takes place on Monday 16 October. For more information and to book a place visit the NUJ website.

The union's 60+ council is asking all Irish NUJ members to sign Alzheimer’s petition calling on the Irish government to invest over €40 million in community support. This follows a motion at the last NUJ delegate meeting agreeing to campaign on this issue. Show your support and sign the petition today.


NUJ Scotland

The union in Scotland has organised a series of training events for members. These include filming and editing for iDevices on Tuesday 26 September, an introduction to InDesign on Thursday 28 September, and advanced social media skills on Friday 13 October. For more information and to book your place visit the NUJ training Scotland website.

The next Edinburgh freelance branch meeting takes place on Monday 18 September and will be a panel discussion about alternative ways to support journalism, looking at some of the best examples of organisations who are making journalism pay. The idea is to follow up the NUJ conference in Scotland during the Local News Matters week of action and to come up with a positive proposal to take to the next NUJ delegate meeting. Speakers include Rachel Hamada, Mike Wilson and Dominic Bascombe with Joyce McMillan in the chair. More information about the event is on the Edinburgh branch website.

The Edinburgh freelance branch and Ian Bell’s family invite entries by young writers for a new award to commemorate Ian Bell, the radical journalist and author who died in 2015. Entrants should be aged 30 or under by 30 November 2017, and be living, working or studying in Scotland. Submissions should be as yet unpublished. They should be in the critical spirit of Ian Bell and written in a style – taut, provocative but thoughtful – suitable for online and newspaper publication. The subject can be drawn from politics, culture, modern society, history, international affairs, Scotland, or related topics, and can be investigative reporting or informed commentary. Each entrant may submit up to two entries, each of between 1,500 and 2,000 words. Please do not exceed the word limit. The judges are Iain Macwhirter, Melanie Reid, and Michael Gray. The winner will be announced in early February, and will receive a prize of £500 and publication in Scottish Review of Books. The deadline for submissions is Thursday 30 November. Please submit entries by email, together with your name, date of birth and place of work/study (if any), to Hilary Horrocks.  

The NUJ Edinburgh and district, and the Edinburgh freelance branch were among the unions co-sponsoring a successful event called Contesting the Spirit of Unity: Whose Festival, Whose Culture? at this year's Edinburgh International Festival. It told the story of the clash between Rudolf Bing, director of the first Festival in 1947, and Glasgow Unity Theatre, who were told they weren't good enough to take part. They came anyway - raising their own funds through some unlikely sources - and, together with other theatre groups, performed on what later became known as The Fringe. The docu-drama-style presentation raised questions of the clash of culture and class that still provoke passionate discussion. Narrated by Terry Brotherstone (UCU) and actors Helen Mackay and Kevin Lennon, it was followed by a discussion with panel members Joyce McMillan (theatre critic and NUJ), Larry Flanagan, general secretary of the EIS Scottish teachers' union, and chaired by EIF director Fergus Linehan. You can listen to the event online via the British Council's soundcloud.


NUJ Wales

The union in Wales has organised a series of training events for members. These include media law on Wednesday 18 October, and a freelance salon on Saturday 4 November. For more information and to book your place visit the NUJ training Wales website.


NUJ Manchester

The NUJ has organised health and safety training for reps, the event takes place in Manchester on Friday 29 September. The course is aimed at all NUJ reps and explains the specific regulations that can be used to improve life at work. For more information and to book your place visit the NUJ website.


NUJ Oxford

The next NUJ Oxford branch meeting takes place on Wednesday 11 October at the St Aldate's Tavern. The branch meets every month in Oxford city centre and addresses issues relevant to all local members including freelance and staff who work in broadcasting, newspapers, book and journal publishing, PR, photography and videojournalism. The meeting is open to members and potential members. More details are on the NUJ website.


NUJ history

The Crispin Aubrey Legacy Fund have organised a public meeting 40 years on from the ABC secrecy trial. The trial was a key moment in the fight for government transparency and the right to know. According to Geoffrey Robertson QC, the trial involved charges under sections 1 and 2 of the Official Secrets Act 1911. It was the first time the existence of GCHQ had been reported and two of the three defendants were journalists and NUJ members. Crispin Aubrey worked as a Time Out reporter, and Duncan Campbell was working as a freelance journalist. In February 1977, they were arrested, prosecuted and held in police cells for two days without being allowed to see their families or their solicitors. They were refused bail and Campbell's home was raided. The Crispin Aubrey Legacy Fund in conjunction with the University of West of England's Film and Journalism Department has organised a special anniversary seminar on Friday 3 November in Bristol. Hear from those involved and the contemporary relevance in our post-Snowden world. This unique panel discussion will consider how much has really changed and the threats to journalists and whistleblowers today. For more information and to register for a place visit the Crispin Aubrey Legacy Fund website.


NUJ solidarity

Public sector unions are gearing up to fight the government's pay cap. On Tuesday 17 October from 16:30 to 18:00 the TUC has called a rally and lobby of parliament calling for fair pay for public servants. The TUC are also holding a range of regional events across the UK and there is a joint trade union demonstration in London on pay on Thursday 12 October. For more information about the campaign visit the TUC website.


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