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27 October, 2017


Writers in Digital Times: at this free NUJ Scotland/Bookweek Scotland event at The Rhoderick Dhu, 21 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, on Thursday 30 November you can hear how to self-publish and get lots of tips from five successful journalists. Find out more and how to book on the NUJ website.

Is there anything wrong with branded content? The Branded Content Research Network conference on 7-8 November at the University of East London will bring together international academic researchers and advertising and media practitioners to share insights about branded content. Pre-conference meetings will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 7 November and a public meeting in the evening. A one-day conference follows on the Wednesday. More details, list of speakers and how to book can be found on the NUJ website.

Teflon Corbyn? Press demonisation and the waning power of the Tory tabloids: former BBC news correspondent and author Nichols Jones will give the School of Journalism, Media and Culture lecture on Tuesday 21 November at 19:30-21:00 in the Small Chemistry Lecture Theatre (rm. 1.122)Room, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff University. More information and to book your free ticket go the Eventbrite website.

The London Labour Film Festival will open its doors from November 25-26 at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square. More information about the films can be found on the festival website.

Free workshops, webinars & training

Free trade union training: a new course, Presentation and public speaking, will help reps to give a speeches at conferences and meetings and be confident participating in formal trade union meetings. 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. All reps' courses can be found on the NUJ website.

Professional training: find out more about courses to help you with your career on the NUJ website, including First steps in Freelancing on Saturday 9 December.

NUJ Training Scotland: whether it is social media, filming for i-devices, feature writing, pitching for work, writing for the web, travel writing, blogging 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 marketing your work on Thursday 16 November in Bristol; learning how to create high-quality video on your mobile device (Android or iPhone/iPad) on Monday 20 November and how to drive traffic to your website on Thursday 23 November in London; plus online training and webinars. Find out more from the FEU website.

SERTUC Women’s Rights Committee training event: this free course on Friday 10 November from 10:00-13:00 at Unite House, 128 Theobald’s Road, London WC1X 8TN is open to all women members who want to take up positions in their union or public office. It will be useful to reps when negotiating with management and representing their members and will be led by Joy Johnson, ex-BBC/ITV producer/director (now at Unite’s press & communications department). Registration is essential. Register at

Mental Health Awareness: TUC Education and TUC South West are offering an introduction to mental health awareness for all officers and reps on Friday 1 December from 9:30 to 13:00 at TUC, Church House, Church Road, Filton, Bristol. The event is free and lunch will be provided. For more information and to book your place, go the TUC website.

Murdoch's power grab

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering the Murdoch family bid to take over Sky. The scope of its investigation covers media plurality and broadcasting standards. The CMA’s investigation includes an assessment of the approach of Fox, Sky, the Murdoch Family Trust and News Corp to compliance with existing broadcasting standards and effective corporate governance. Crucially, the CMA will also focus on the treatment of employees both in the UK and overseas.
The NUJ is asking members to provide evidence that the union can submit to the CMA. We want to hear from staff and freelance media workers who have been employed by these companies. We want members to get in touch with examples of any ethical issues that may have arisen. If you have evidence to submit, suggestions, or ideas for the NUJ response to the CMA, please contact Sarah Kavanagh, NUJ senior campaigns and communications officer via email:

Pensions scandal

Make fair transitional state pension arrangements for 1950s women: sign this WASPI petition from the campaign against pension inequality for women born on or after 6/4/1950 affected by the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts which have shattered their retirement plans with devastating consequences.

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