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5 January, 2018

Dear member,

Happy new year...2018 started with a two-day strike by journalists at the Swindon Advertiser. We hope you will be able to support them and any other industrial action in the coming year.

Dear Member,

© Peter Robbins

Swindon Advertiser strike

Support the Newsquest journalists who started the year with a two-day strike over poverty pay. Send your messages of support to @Adverstrike and contribute to the strike fund at: Unity Trust Bank, account name: NUJ Wiltshire Branch, account number: 35016904, bank sort code: 608301. News about the strike.


Events for freelances

Freelance Forum Dublin, on Monday 5 February, is a regular one day event designed to keep freelance journalists up to date with the latest developments in their industry. Aimed at writers, photographers and PR practitioners, it covers print, broadcast and online media and is organised by Dublin Freelance NUJ Branch. This is the rescheduled forum called off owing to Storm Ophelia. Find out more and how to register on the NUJ website.

For members new to London Freelance Branch or new to freelancing, there is a meeting on Thursday 25 January at the Camera Museum (formerly known as the Camera Café), Museum Street, London. It is a chance to meet other members, with some more experienced journalists on hand to offer advice, hear about the union and discuss work issues. More information on the LFB website. The LFB agm is on Monday 8 January.

First steps in freelancing: This one-day course on Friday 9 February in London is for those thinking about going freelance or have recently done so and will provide practical advice on getting your first commission, planning, money, tax, legal issues, copyright, licensing, pitching and negotiating. More information and how to book can be found on the NUJ website.

Workshops, webinars & training

How to write a successful popular science book: this Association of British Science Writers event on Thursday 22 February in London brings together an expert panel who will give tips on how to get a popular science book published. Find out more on the NUJ website.

Freedom of Information, Factchecking and Feminism Workshop: this women-only workshop on Monday 15 January in Glasgow is being held by NUJ Scotland in partnership with The Ferret, the investigative journalism platform, and Women in Journalism Scotland to equip more women to submit FOI requests and carry out fact checks. More information on the NUJ 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.

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. Booking is open for an Institute of Leadership & Management Certificate programme in Coaching & Mentoring on 28 February and 14 March. This training programme is significantly cheaper than commercial alternatives at only £50 for NUJ members. 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.

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.

Anniversary events

The Association of British Science Writers is celebrating its 70th anniversary with drinks and snacks on Thursday 11 January in London. Find out more on the NUJ website.

This year the TUC will be marking its 150th anniversary with a project of 150 stories for 150 years and is looking for inspiring trade union stories. Find out how you can contribute on the TUC website.

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