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13 October, 2017


Claudia Jones Lecture: shadow home secretary Diane Abbot is the keynote speaker for the NUJ's Black History Month event which celebrates activist and journalist Claudia Jones at 18:30 - 20:30 on Thursday 26 October at the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, 1 Parliament St, London SW1A 2JR. The event is free, but you must register for a ticket and receive confirmation to attend. To book your ticket and find out more information, go to the Eventbrite site. You can see the previous speakers on the NUJ website.

What Next for Local Journalism? What are the challenges and opportunities for local journalism in the north east? This Civic Journalism Lab event at BBC Newcastle on Wednesday 18 October includes a discussion with an expert panel and an opportunity to have your say. More details and how to book can be found on the NUJ website.

Press Gazette has organised a Digital Journalism Summit on Friday 20 October at News UK in London. NUJ members can get a 50 per cent discount on this half-day event reducing the price to £70 plus VAT. To get the reduced price enter 'NUJ' as the discount code when paying online. More details about the event including the speakers and topics covered are available on the Eventbrite web page.

NUJ Scotland is holding an event on Thursday 30 November for Scottish Book Week. The event will include a talk on digital publishing and discussions led by DeeDee Cuddihy, Catherine Deveney, Alex Gordon and Maggie Ritchie from 18.00-22.00, downstairs at Rhoderick Dhu's, 21 Waterloo Street, Glasgow. More details will be announced soon.

Liberating Arts, from 3-5 November at Exeter University, hosted by the General Federation of Trade Unions, is a celebration of the best of contemporary creative activism and will show how the arts can best be used to achieve better campaigning, organisation and education in trade unions, social movements and political campaigns.  Find out more on the GFTU website.

Britain still needs a pay rise: hard-working public sector workers are up to £3,000 a year worse off since 2010. See the full range of events and rallies this autumn supported by trade unions to fight for fair pay and better jobs on the TUC events diary.



Freelance forum, Dublin: this regular one-day event on Monday 16 October organised by the Dublin Freelance branch is designed to keep freelance journalists and photographers up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry. Find out more on the branch website.

Finance for Freelances (part 1): this Federation of Entertainment Unions' webinar, which starts at 11.00 on Thursday 19 October, will look at how tax and National Insurance work, what is meant by tax-deductible expenses and how VAT can affect you. More information on the FEU website.

Freelance Salon, Cardiff: diversity to succeed. If you are freelance and would like an injection of exciting new ideas or you are considering a freelance career, then this event on Saturday 4 November at  the Radisson Blu, Cardiff is not to be missed.The speakers include: Rachel England, freelance journalist, editor and copywriter; Richard Gurner, founder/editor of the Caerphilly Observer; and Natasha Hirst, photo-journalist. More details on the NUJ Training Wales website.

What's happening to women's magazines and how well do they pay? This is the (provisional) theme of the London Freelance Branch's meeting on Monday 13 November at Friends House, Euston. Plus motions to DM. More details on the LFB website.

Free workshops & training

Trans issues in the workplace: this free half-day workshop for trade union reps and officers on Tuesday 17 October in Cardiff will provide a greater awareness and understanding of trans issues in the workplace and help  ensure that trans people are treated with dignity, fairness and equality. More details on the TUC website.

Using SQL to dig into databases: if you have already been bitten by the #data journalism bug, you should know that #SQL is like #Excel, but on steroids!  It makes data crunching flexible, faster, safer and more sophisticated. This one-day Centre for Investigative Journalism course at Goldsmiths University of London on Thursday 9 November will teach you all you need to know to start using SQL. There is a discount for NUJ members. Find out more on the NUJ website.

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

Professional training: find out more about courses to help you with your career 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 Body Language on Wednesday 25 October in London which will ensure that the non-verbal messages you convey create the right impact, plus online training and webinars. Find out more from the FEU website.

Science journalism

Workshop on science journalism and media careers: an afternoon of talks and panel discussions on science journalism and media careers at Queen's University, Belfast on Thursday 19 October. More details on the NUJ website.

The Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award honours the memory of the science journalist, author and founder of Ingenious Ireland. This year’s competition theme is ‘Science – Whose facts? Whose truth?’ and is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled at an Irish higher education institutions at the time of submission. Entrants can submit an article, essay, radio programme, blog post or video. The work may have been published, but not before September 2017 and can be coursework material. The €2,000 award will be given to the student who best represents the curiosity, creativity and story-telling imagination that Mary Mulvihill showed in her work. The closing date for entries is 30 March 2018. Queries and submissions should be sent to

NUJ news

It has been a busy fortnight for the union, commenting on: Newsquest's acquisition of 13 titles in the north west and Wales; the Welsh government's grant of £200,000 for hyperlocal newspapers; the departure of the Doncaster Free Press from the town after a century; the BBC's Equal Pay Audit and Pay Gap Report; the loss of eight Johnston Press posts in the north west; Denis O'Brien's radio group Communicorp's blacklisting of Irish Times journalists; plus a report from the Scotland's black workers' conference, the NUJ's Equality Council and Disabled Members’ Council message on World Mental Health Day and a tribute to BBC journalist Seamus Kelters. Read all about it on the NUJ website.

Paul Holleran

Paul Holleran is leaving his role as the NUJ's Scottish organiser. After many years of service, Paul will be returning home to Liverpool where he will be taking up a position with GMB.  If you want to contact Paul then emai him at

Fight government surveillance

The UK government has given itself the power to use 'general warrants' to secretly hack computers and phones, giving it access to the emails, text messages and photos of potentially tens of thousands of people – even if they are not suspected of any criminal behaviour. This includes the ability to switch on the camera or microphone on your electronic devices. Campaign group Privacy International has launched a legal challenge, but needs your donations to support its case. For more information visit the crowdjustice website.

Survey on mental health & well-being in Ireland

Ulster University wants to hear from all NUJ members in Ireland about mental health and wellbeing. The research aims to improve our understanding of health and wellbeing issues and ensure the support services available are useful and appropriate for journalists and other creative sector workers. The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Complete the anonymous survey online. For any queries about the research contact Gillian Shorter at

National LGBT survey

The government 's equality office's confidential survey to understand the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people living in the UK closes this weekend. The results will be used to inform the department on how to improve LGBT equality. The deadline is Sunday 15 October at 23.45.  You can find the survey here and it will take about 15 minutes.

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