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15 February, 2018

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Join an evening's conversation with former Sunday Times editor Harry Evans at the NUJ on Thursday 22 February.

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An evening with Harry Evans: Britain's premier broadsheet editor and journalist will be in conversation about the thalidomide revelations, falling out with Murdoch, creating inspiring magazine brands and why he is optimistic about journalism's future on Thursday 22 February at 19:00 – 22:00, Downstairs at the NUJ, The Chapel bar, 308 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 9NB. Reserve your ticket on the NUJ website.

Byline presents: watching the watchmen, police and media post Leveson. Ever since the phone hacking scandal and the resignation of senior Met officers, the relationship between the police and the press has been fraught. Join an expert panel to discuss the issues on Monday 19 February, Downstairs at the NUJ. To book your tickets and read about the speakers, go to the Eventbrite website.

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. 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.

Reporting on violence against women in Wales: this collaboration between Welsh Women’s Aid, NUJ Training Cymru Wales and ITV Cymru Wales on Tuesday 6 March from 14.00 to 17.00 in Cardiff will explore the reporting of violence against women. Those attending will have the opportunity to talk to survivors and members of specialist services and discuss the NUJ guidelines. Reserve your ticket on the Eventbrite website.

Equalities Conference: this event on Saturday 3 March in Gateshead for trade unions members, reps and officers will celebrate and raise awareness of equality campaigns past and present while strengthening skills and understanding of equality issues and struggles. Find out more and how to book your free place on the Eventbrite website.

Wales and the UK media: what's the story? This is Wales Week in London's opening event on Thursday 22 February at 18.30, chaired by former BBC chief political correspondent Guto Harri,  with leading cultural and media experts from both sides of the border. To book your free ticket and find out more about the speakers go to the Eventbrite website.

Screening of the Workers Cup: as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, the film, which documents the experiences of migrant workers hired to build the 2022 FIFA World Cup, will be shown on Tuesday 13 March at 21.00, University of Westminster's cinema on Regent St, London. You can buy the tickets online.


Take part in #Useitpayforit, the NUJ's campaign to encourage amateurs to understand the value of the photographs and videos they give to news organisations and provide them with the know-how and confidence to obtain proper rates for their work. Members are also asked to contact the Photographers’ Council at

Workshops, webinars & training

How to write a successful popular science book: this Association of British Science Writers event on Thursday 22 February at London's Francis Crick Institute, includes a panel of science authors who will help in getting your book published. More information on the NUJ website.

Reps' training: new courses including, Training for equality reps and 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 journalism. 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, five strategies for success and improving communication techniques in London; how to meet deadlines and manage your time more efficiently in Bristol; and how to zoom through the chores of being a freelance in Birmingaham.  Find out more from the FEU training website.

Stern Fellowship

Are you a young journalist who wants to work at one of the world's premier newspapers? Do you want to follow in the footsteps of James Naughtie, Cathy Newman, Mary Ann Sieghart, Gary Younge and Lionel Barber? Every year, a young British journalist gets the chance to spend three months at the Washington Post and write for the paper as part of the Laurence Stern fellowship. The deadline is Friday 9 March. For more information and how to apply go to the City of London University website.

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