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16 December, 2018


Dear member,

Why don't you make a new year's resolution to sign up to a course to improve your professional skills or to help you with your role as a union rep in 2018? There is a huge range of options, from improving your social media skills, dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace, making a video on your smart phone, all you need to know about copyright, speech making, finance for freelances, freedom of information requests and much more....

Professional & union training

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Workshops, webinars & courses

First steps in freelancing: moving to freelance journalism can be daunting. This one-day NUJ course on Friday 9 February in London for those who are planning to go freelance, or have recently done so, will provide practical advice on your first steps as a freelance. Find out more and book your place on the NUJ website.

Using the FOI Act: this practical course on Wednesday 7 February in London is designed to help campaigners, researchers, journalists and others make effective use of their rights under the Freedom of Information Act and parallel environmental information regulations. Find out more and how to book on the CFOI website.

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 in 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.

Freedom of Information, Fact checking & Feminism: this women-only workshop at the NUJ Scotland office, Glasgow, on Monday 15 January will address the shortage of women with expertise in freedom of information as part of the Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project. Book your ticket on the Eventbrite website.

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 take part a range of free workshops, webinars and online courses to help your work as a freelance. Find out more from the FEU training website.

Communicating online: this free TUC course in Bristol on Thursday  8 February from 10:00 to 15:30 will show reps how social media, blogs and video clips can help get their message across. Find out more on the TUC website.

TUC Education: this website provides information on courses, webinars and eNotes which help reps keep up to date on key workplace issues. Each eNote is a self-contained module that contains a mixture of text, video and quizzes. They last between 20 and 45 minutes and can be used as many times as you like.

Get in: the BBC is looking for the next generation of talent to keep it one of the biggest names internationally in radio, television, online and digital content. Keep in touch with training and apprenticeship opportunites on the BBC Academy website. Follow @BBCGetIn and #BBCGetIn.

General Federation of Trade Unions: go to the GFTU's website to see its range of courses for trade unionists.


Awards & opportunities

BBC Writersroom's regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 10.00 on Monday 11 December and 17.00 on Monday 15 January for drama scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online). Script Room is not a competition but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best writing talent. Find out more on the BBC website.

Lénaïc fund for quality journalism: this award in memory of Lénaïc Vaudin d’Imécourt, a talented, and widely-loved Brussels-based journalist, provides a bursary of up to €5,000 for five months for young female journalists (under the age of 28) from the European Union. The closing date for the next applications is Sunday 31 December. Find out how to apply and more about the scheme on the Lénaïc Fund website.

Should we be free to hate? This is title the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) has chosen for its young writers' award. It is open to anyone aged 12-27 and the prize is an expenses-paid trip to an international ECPMF conference or an annual subscription to a quality newspaper. The deadline for applications is Sunday 31 December. Find out more on the ECPMF website.

Investigative journalism award: this new award in honour of Ray Fitzwalter, the former World In Action editor, recognises the best work by early-career investigative journalists outside London. As well as a cash prize of £4,000, that must partly be spent on an investigation during 2018, the winner will be mentored by a panel of experienced investigative journalists. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 14 February. More information can be found on the University of Salford website.


Delegate Meeting 2018

DM 2018 will take place in Southport from Thursday 19 April to Sunday 22 April, including sector conferences (19 April). The pre-DM NEC takes place in Southport on 18 April.The NUJ DM preliminary agenda is now available on the website. It is members-only access, so you will need to log in online to download the document. You can find out more information about DM on the NUJ website.


Intellectual Property Office survey

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is responsible for the standards that collective management organisations/collecting societies  – including ALCS and DACS – must abide by.  The IPO wants to know if rights holders are aware of their rights in this area and are asking members to complete a short two-question survey.




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