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1 December, 2017


Copywriting for journalists: looking at new ways of making money. This one-day NUJ course on Friday 2 February in London will give you an introduction to copywriting, marketing your work and avoiding common mistakes. Go to the NUJ website for more information and to book your place.

The role of science journalism in creating an open and participatory society: an exciting panel of speakers will discuss the role of science journalists on Wednesday 6 December at 10.00-12.00 in Dublin. More information on the NUJ website.

Blacklisting Day of Action: protests are planned across the UK. There is a lobby of MPs at Westminster on Wednesday 6 December, assemble at 12.00 noon at Old Palace Yard, Westminster, SW1P 3JY. For other events and news go to the action group's Facebook page.

Workshops, webinars & work experience

New dates for 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 the upcoming social media for work and how to build up your confidence, plus online training and webinars. Find out more from the FEU training website.

How to be a journalist 2017/18: published by Press Gazette in association with the National Council for the Training of Journalists, this guide includes an overview of the different routes to achieving an NCTJ qualification, top tips from journalists and interviews with apprentices and Journalism Diversity Fund recipients.More information on the NCTJ website.

Work experience at the BBC: applications are now open for placements in January, February and March. These are two-week opportunities to see how the BBC works. It is open to anyone aged 18 or over, with some opportunities for 16/17 year olds. To find out more information and how to apply, go to the BBC website.

Register now for upcoming TUC webinars: How to write effective emails for organising on Monday 6 December at 14:30 and Sexual harassment in the workplace on Tuesday 14 December at 14:30.


European Press Prize 2018. There are four different categories, with each award worth 10,000 euros: investigative reporting; distinguished reporting; opinion; and innovation. Deadline Friday 15 December. Find out more on the Awards website.

The Bread and Roses songwriting and spoken word award: this new award is to encourage songwriters and spoken word performers to write material meaningful to working class people and communities. There is a £100 prize for each of the top five entries. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Friday 2 February. More information on the Culture Matters website.

Ask your MP

Ask your MP to support the press in Scotland by signing Early Day Motion 539 about the cuts and new structure at Newsquest's Herald and Evening Times and concerns about extreme workloads that will cause stress and affect the quality of both titles; and Early Day Motion 504A1 which condemns the threats of closure of Johnston Press titles across Scotland and voices concern about the direction of the company. All EDMs supported by the NUJ can be found on the Parliamentary page of the website. Contact your MP via the Write to Them website.

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