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Friday 29 September 2017

NUJ tributes

A celebration of the life of Andreas (Andy) Needham will be held on Saturday 21 October in the Banqueting Room at Dublin Airport from 12.00 until 15.00. Andy’s family have invited former NUJ colleagues and friends to join them at the memorial service. He was former chair of the Dublin P&PR branch, a member of the Irish executive council and represented the union on the ICTU youth committee. If you plan to attend then please rsvp Andy's sister via email:

Many of you will have known Tim Jones - a very active member of the union's Newcastle Branch over many years and the North East rep on the public relations and communications council. Tim died recently and will be greatly missed by many. His funeral will take place on Monday 9 October at 14.00 at St Cuthbert's Church in Amble.

At the union's conference next year, know as DM 2018, we want to pay tribute to NUJ members who have died since the last NUJ conference in April 2016. Tributes will not be confined to those who have been activists. Please email information to be included:

NUJ events

The NUJ's delegate meeting, known as DM 2018, will take place in Southport from Thursday 19 April to Sunday 22 April 2018, including sector conferences on 19 April. One of the roles of the NUJ's branches is to nominate people to DM-elected bodies, councils and committee before 21 November 2017. The other main role of a branch is to propose motions to be discussed at NUJ conference. Members can propose new policy positions, rule changes and campaign ideas to their own branch for discussion and consideration. For ideas, have a look at the DM information on the NUJ website.

The London independent broadcasting and new media branch have organised their next meeting to discuss DM ideas and plans, their meeting takes place on Tuesday 31 October from 18.30 to 20.30. More details are included in the NUJ events diary online.

The NUJ has organised training for reps on dealing with bullying, harassment and stress on 19 and 20 October in London. The course is aimed at reps who have completed the three-stage reps training programme. Other trade union training for reps has just been announced. The programme includes union reps' training stage 1 training in Manchester in January, health and safety reps training stage 1 in London in March, and reps training stages 1 and 2 in January and February. To find out more about the NUJ's trade union training on offer to members for free, or to reserve your place at one of these events email:

Political coverage is broken is the theme of the next Bylines event at the union's Headland House in Kings Cross. James Chapman was for six years political editor of the Daily Mail before he became a special adviser to Chancellor George Osborne. Earlier this year he stunned his former lobby correspondent colleagues and much of the political establishment with a series of revelations from inside government and the highest ranks in the press. James will discuss his political and journalistic career, and how the faults in British political coverage contributed to the Brexit crisis on Monday 2 October. More details including costs to attend the event are on the NUJ website in the events diary.

Labour movement films

On 4-9 November the North West labour film festival takes place in Liverpool. The London labour film festival takes place on 25-26 November and both festivals will show films that are dedicated to and/or represent the interests of the working class. Visit the festival websites for more information - for the North West and for London.

Labour movement campaigns

The joint trade union demonstration to end the pay cap, organised by ASLEF, BFAWU, CWU, FBU, GMB, NEU, PCS, POA, RCN, RMT, SERTUC, TSSA, UCU, Unison, Unite, and URTU will now take place on Tuesday 17 October, assemble at 17.30 opposite Downing Street, then march past the departments of health, education and the treasury then there will be a rally outside parliament. The TUC has organised a lobby of parliament earlier in the day and the march will end at the TUC’s rally at 7pm. If you want to go and take an NUJ placard or flag to show your solidarity then contact:

It is 50 years since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act which gave most women in the UK access to safe abortions. Women in Northern Ireland are still not covered by the Act and many women across the UK are still obstructed by poor access and cuts to reproductive rights services. It is also the case that abortion is only available on the authorisation of two doctors and, without this, it is still a criminal act. More than 700 women from Northern Ireland travelled to England for an abortion last year, according to UK department of health figures. The NUJ established its first pro-choice policy in the late 1970s. The policy was unsuccessfully challenged in 1981 and debated again at the NUJ's delegate meeting in 2014. As a result, the union has maintained a consistent stance on a woman's right to choose for more than 30 years. The London NUT women's network has organised an event to discuss this ongoing and historic campaign for self determination. The event is supported by the TUC and takes place on Wednesday 11 October starting at 18.30. Visit the event web page for more information.

Media award

The Whicker’s World Foundation has launched its annual awards offering the UK’s biggest documentary funding award, of over £100,000. There are three awards on offer - the film TV award, radio and audio award, and a documentary audio recognition award. More details are available on the foundation's website.

Media research

Do you use data for research investigations, advocacy work or journalism? Bournemouth University’s Datalabs and the Centre for Investigative Journalism have teamed up to identify the barriers to working with data and ways to fill skills gaps. They are asking for NUJ members to provide feedback by completing a data skills survey online.

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