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10 November, 2017

Stamp out Sexism

This week the NUJ made a statement on sexual harassment at Westminster and the wider media industry. Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: "It’s time to dismantle workplace cultures that allow predatory behaviour and sexual harassment to flourish. Journalists should be able to do their jobs without being sexually harassed by their work superiors or contacts they are expected to interact with. Such abuse of power needs to be stamped out." Read the full statement on the NUJ website.

Celebrating journalism

Following a decision by the last delegate meeting to create a special occasion to celebrate the work of our members, the NUJ has called a day of action called In Good Company on Wednesday 14 February so people can say why they love quality, independent and ethical  journalism. If you have any ideas, suggestions or want to volunteer to help to organise the campaign in your local area, please contact Sarah Kavanagh, NUJ senior campaigns and communications officer via email

BBC Persian campaign

For many years the Iran authorities have harassed journalists working for the BBC Persian Service and targeted their families and friends. All the journalists working for the BBC’s Persian language service in London have been charged with conspiracy against Iran’s national security. The union is asking NUJ members to back this campaign. You can download the NUJ poster to put up in your workplace and tweet or email a message of support to @NUJofficial with the hashtag #stoptargetingjournalists, plus report on this story to help us raise awareness. For more information visit the dedicated campaign page on the NUJ website.

NUJ Facebook

The NUJ has a large and active Facebook group, with more than 7,000 participants, and is asking for volunteers to get involved and help administer and moderate the group. If you are interested and would like to find out more, email Sarah Kavanagh, NUJ senior campaigns and communications officer

Free workshops & training

First steps in freelancing: this NUJ one-day course, on Saturday 9 December in London for those who are thinking about going freelance or have recently done so will provide you with practical advice on your first steps as a freelance. Find out more and how to book your place on the NUJ website. All other professional courses can be found at NUJ training.

As part of the TUC's Young Workers' Month, the free workshop Get Fit for Freelancing on Tuesday 28 November in London is aimed at those aged 30 and under and will examine the key challenges most freelances experience. For more information and how to book, go to the FEU training website. Every November, TUC Young Workers' Month helps promote trade unions to young workers and highlights the issues faced by young workers.

Reps' training: the NUJ runs a range of free courses to provide reps with information to help them in their role, including: employment law updates; courses in health and safety; organising and recruitment; how to deal with bullying and harassment; and how to become confident giving speeches. More details, dates and how to book can be found on the NUJ website.

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; in London, 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; plus online training and webinars. Find out more from the FEU training website.

TUC webinar, Wellbeing in the Workplace: Hugh Robertson, TUC's senior policy officerfor health and safety, is hosting a webinar on the issue of wellbeing in the workplace on Thursday 16 November at 14.30. Regsiter now on the TUC Education website.


PR and the gambling industry: all NUJ members are welcome to attend the union’s PR and Comms branch public meeting at 18.45 for a 17.00 start on Wednesday 29 November at NUJ Headland House, 72 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB with guest speaker Graham Sharpe, the former head of communications at William Hill, who has more than 35 years' experience in the industry. The event promises to be an eye-opening account with time for questions at the end

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 tips from five successful journalists. Find out more and how to book on the NUJ website

Media Democracy Festival: save the date of Saturday 2 December for this Media Reform Coalition and Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom event at the Clore Management Centre, Malet Street, London WC1H, which promises to be a hub for media activism and advocacy, with new policy proposals tabled on democratising the BBC, pluralising the media and others. More information on the Facebook page.

Ask your MP

Ask your MP to sign the following early day motions: 

  • EDM 481 which condemns the unjust new levy proposed on unions to pay for the certification officer which will reduce unions' resources and affect their ability to represent their members.
  • EDM 485 which welcomes the International Federation of Journalists' campaign to end impunity for crimes against journalists.

You can contact your MP via the Write to Them website.

Awards, grants & bursaries

Ian Bell New Writing Award: the radical journalist and author who died in December 2015, is commemorated by a £500 award for young writers, launched by the NUJ Edinburgh branch and Ian’s family. Submissions, which must be unpublished, should be couched in Ian's critical spirit and written in a style – taut, provocative but thoughtful – suitable for online and newspaper publication. The deadline is midnight on 30 November and the winner will be announced in February. For more details and how to apply, go to the NUJ website.

Journalism Diversity Fund: the next deadline for bursaries for people from diverse backgrounds to train as journalists is Wednesday 15 November at 17:00. The fund is intended for people without the financial means to attend NCTJ-accredited journalism courses who can show they are either socially or ethnically diverse.  Find out more about the scheme and how to apply on the fund's website.

Google Surveys Market Research: this is an opportunity for journalists to bid for a grant from Google which will help them put together a survey or collect data and have it analysed for a story. The Manchester Evening News used the tool to put together story about readers' views in the north west during the general election. Go to the Google Survey platform to find out more and fill out this form to apply for a grant.

Tax time

A reminder to self-employed freelance members, especially those who became self-employed in the tax year 2016-2017, you have until 31 January 2018 to complete and send your tax return online or face an automatic fine in three figures. Go to the London Freelance Branch website for more information.

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