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19 January, 2018

Westminster Watch

Harassment and bullying at Westminster: the NUJ is giving evidence to the Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion which has been asked by the House of Commons Commission how it can foster a culture within Parliament which deters bullying and harassment and supports its victims. If you have worked as a political journalist at the UK Parliament during the past 10 years, can you please tell us of your experience by emailing by Sunday 28 January? All information will be treated in confidence.

Seminars on pensions, libel & data protection...

All your pension questions answered: this free seminar hosted by Goodbody Stockbrokers and the NUJ at the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 on Thursday 1 February at 18:00 followed by drinks reception at 19:30 will answer everything you wanted to know about pensions but were afraid to ask. Go to the NUJ website for more information and how to register.

NUJ data protection and libel seminar in Galway: the NUJ West of Ireland branch is hosting a seminar on data protection and libel on Saturday 3 February in the Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Square, Galway. The event is free to NUJ members, but booking is required since numbers are restricted. The speakers on the day include: Graham Doyle, head of communications, Office of the Data Protection Commissioner; and Michael Kealey, a solicitor with an established reputation in defamation, privacy and media law. Having been a partner in two large Dublin based solicitors firms, he now advises Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Irish Daily Mail, Irish Mail on Sunday and its websites. Registration is at 10.30 and the seminar begins at 11.00. Those interested in attending are asked to email the branch at and provide a name and contact number.

NUJ members are invited to a seminar at Unite the Union, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin on Wednesday 31 January at 19.00 on Repeal of the 8th: the Role of Trade Unions. Speakers include Dr Fiona Bloomer who will give an overview of the report Abortion as a Workplace Issue: a trade union survey north and south of Ireland. The NUJ is not affiliated to the campaign but members are welcome to attend in a personal capacity.

PR and Communications Census

The PRCA and PRWeek have launched their fourth PR and Communications Census, which will give an overview of the UK PR and comms industry. The report, which will be published in April, will reveal the industry’s size and how much it contributes to the economy, plus demographics, salaries and industry prospects. If you work in the industry, you should take part in the survey.

How to ask for a pay rise... and get it

Find out how best to negotiate fair pay and contracts from the experts. Join Fiona Walker and Caroline Holmes in Glasgow from 19:00 – 20:00 on Thursday 8 February for a workshop full of practical advice and tips. This Women in Journalism Scotland event will be live-streamed on Facebook for those who cannot make it in person. For more details and to book your free ticket go to the Eventbrite website.

Pay back time

DACS’ Payback 2018 is now open for visual artists. Has your work been published in a book, magazine or on TV? If so, you are probably eligible for royalties, in addition to other copyright royalties. Payback covers secondary uses of your images, such as photocopying. Last year individual payments ranged from £25 to £4,215. Apply for your Payback on the DACs website.

How free is our press?

Are you a working journalist?  If so, please take part in this openMedia project survey which will take a snapshot of how financial pressures are affecting news reporting. The information will be used to analyse how money shapes what gets reported – and what doesn’t – and to advocate for better protection and freedom for journalists who have important stories to tell.

#StopMurdoch: the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom is starting a crowdfunding campaign to stop Rupert Murdoch's takeover of Sky. Sign up on the CPBF website to find out more and how to contribute.

The Daily Mail and the Stephen Lawrence case, the making of a myth: lecture by Professor Brian Cathcart, department of journalism Kingston University, on Thursday 15 March at 19:00 – 21:00 in London. More details and how to book your tickets can be found on the Eventbrite website.


Workshops, webinars & training

Reps' training: exciting new courses including equality reps training, training in advanced negotiating skills and advanced representation have been added to a busy schedule of free courses this year to help reps in their role. The union also offers: 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.

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.

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 opportunities in television; mentoring and coaching; filming and editing on an iPhone/iPad; data journalsim; and on Tuesday 6 March at ITV Wales, Cardiff, Reporting on Violence Against Women in Wales. 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, including setting your goals for the year ahead, blogging for creative freelances and 5 strategies for success. 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.

Social media masterclass: the TUC is holding a free morning workshop in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 31 January to help trade union reps, officers and members to improve communication through social media. For more information and to register, go to the TUC website.  A similar workshop on communicating online will take place in Bristol on Thursday 8 February. You can register here.

Mental health awareness, an introduction: TUC Education and TUC South West are offering a free workshop in Plymouth on Friday 2 February for trade union officers and reps interested in developing their understanding of this complex issue. More information on the day and how to register can be found on the TUC website.

Tackling bullying in the workplace: this free TUC briefing for trade union reps, officers and members on Tuesday 6 February in Newcastle upon Tyne will help learners challenge and report inappropriate behaviour while complying with company policies and procedures. Find out more on the TUC website.

Stepping up - women in leadership: this NOCN level 2 course, delivered free by the TUC, is for women who want to develop their leadership positions in the trade union movement or build their CV skills to advance to leadership roles in their organisation or community. It will take place at the TUC’s northern region over five days between February and September. More information and how to apply can be found on the TUC website.

Get trained in journalism by the Bristol Cable Media Lab: this free programme is for aspiring journalists and those who want to use communication, research and journalistic storytelling to create a better world. Find out more on the Bristol Cable website. The deadline for applications is 9.00 Monday 12 February.

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