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2 February 2018

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Get prepared for In Good Company day on Wednesday 14 February, to celebrate quality journalism.

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In Good Company

Following the last delegate meeting's decision to create a special occasion to celebrate the work of our members, the NUJ has declared a day of action called In Good Company on Wednesday 14 February to give people the opportunity to say why they love quality, independent and ethical  journalism. We are asking all members to share examples of great journalism on social media on the day to mark this occasion, using the hashtag #ingoodcompany. If you have made local plans to celebrate the day, do let us know by emailing: 


War, Journalism and Whistleblowers: Katharine Gun, who leaked a GCHQ memo revealing US spying operations on UN security council members 15 years ago, will lead a panel to discuss the issues on Friday 2 March at 18.00 at Birkbeck College, London. Her bravery helped to galvanise the mass movement of opposition to the Iraq War. Other speakers include Thomas Drake, former senior executive of the US National Security Agency; Duncan Campbell, award-winning journalist; Matthew Hoh,  former US marine and state department official who served in Afghanistan and Iraq; Jesselyn Radack, national security and human rights attorney who represented Ed Snowden; and Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch. The event is free, but you must book a ticket on the Eventbrite website.

How to turn investigative journalism into narrative fiction: foreign correspondent Alex Perry, author of The Good Mothers, the true story about of a group of women who took on the world’s most powerful Mafia, will speak at the Centre for Investigative Journalism, London, at 17.00 on Monday 12 February. For more information and to reserve your free place, go to the Eventbrite 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.

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.

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.

Stand up to Racism: trade unions are the bedrock of the anti-racist movement. Come to this conference on Saturday 10 February at Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, and join the debate about how unions can give confidence to anti-racists in every workplace. Book your ticket on the Eventbrite website.

The date has been set for this year's Media Democracy Festival which will take place on Saturday 17 March at Birkbeck, Malet Street, London WC1A 7HX. The event promises to be a day of organising and energising for change, with a string of high-profile speakers to be announced shortly.


Stop gender-based violence: the International Federation of Journalists, together with the global trade union movement, is campaigning for a new international labour convention to tackle the various forms of gender-based violence that occur in the workplace Find out more and how you can get involved by going to the IFJ website.

Demand that your MP supports the Alzheimer's Society's Fix Dementia Care campaign and keep up the pressure on government to ensure people affected by dementia are listened to during the Green Paper consultation this summer.  Find out more and how to email on the campaign website. [If the link doesn't work, try later.]

Bursaries, grants & free safety consultations

Individuals and organisations are invited to apply to the Journalists’ Copyright Fund (JCF) which provides grants for projects associated with copyright via an application form available on the NUJ website with a deadline of Friday 2 March for applications. Details of the JCF’s criteria and guidelines for applying are also included.

Rory Peck freelance safety surgeries: together with the Frontline Freelance Register and leading security experts, the trust is putting on free one-to-one safety consultations for freelance journalists, photographers and filmmakers. They will be held on Thursday 1 March and are available on a limited basis. The guidance is intended to give freelancers who are regularly working in hostile environments access to knowledge and expertise that will help them improve their safety skills.  More information and how to apply can be found on the trust's website.

#CIJSummer bursaries: the Centre for Investigative Journalism is inviting applications for people from British Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who want to attend #CIJSummer conference on 28-30 June, but are unable to afford the fees. Go the CIJ website for more information; the deadline is Sunday 25 March.

DM 2018

The Delegate Meeting takes place from Thursday 19 April to Sunday 22 April 2018, including sector conferences. The deadline for amendments and confirmation of motions is 13.00 on Tuesday 20 February. If you have been nominated for a DM-elected council/committee that has more members nominated than available seats, there will be an election at DM. Please submit your 50-word statement by Tuesday 20 February, otherwise the final agenda will read "no statement received". Please submit all amendments and statements to

Workshops, webinars & training

Reps' training: 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.

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 blogging for creative freelances and five strategies for success in London; and how to  meet deadlines and manage your time more efficiently in Bristol.  Find out more from the FEU training website.

Introduction to code for journalists: do you want to take your first steps with code but not sure how to begin? Through a series of practical exercises, this course on 10-11 February at the Centre for Investigative Journalism, London, you will learn how code is used by reporters to find stories and aid investigations, how to write and run scripts and gain a basic understanding of how computer programs are structured. For more information and how to book go to the CiJ website.

What is R and how can it be used by journalists? Take your data journalism skills to the next level with this two-day course looking at R for journalists. This two-day course on 24-25 February at the Centre for Investigative Journalism, London, will teach you the how to get the most out of R, a free open-source statistical computing language that will help you scrape, query, analyse and present your data. For more information go to the CiJ website



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