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NUJ Active
9 March, 2018

Dear member,

This week's edition of NUJ Active features events including London Freelance Branch's evening celebrating women cartoonists, the Journalists UK 2018 survey and lots of free workshops and training for reps.

Dear Member,

© Nicola Streeten


Have you noticed the dearth of female cartoonists? London Freelance branch will be hearing from Nicola Streeten, co-founder of the Laydeez Do Comics prize for graphic novels, and co-editor of the forthcoming The Inking Woman: 250 Years of Women Cartoon and Comic Artists in Britain; and Blue Lou (Twitter @blueloutter) on Monday 12 March.  More information on the NUJ website.

Into the Syrian Jihad: based on her experience of writing Two Sisters, journalist and author Åsne Seierstad will be guest speaker at the Centre for Investigative Journalism on Wednesday 21 March to talk about how to report the conflict in Syria, domestic Islamic extremism and the rise of the Islamic State group. You can book for this free event on the CiJ website.You can book for this free event on the CiJ website.

The Media Democracy Festival on Saturday 17 March in London will bring together campaigners to discuss a range of issues from media racism to alternative models of media funding, ownership and control, to the running and independence of the BBC. Go to the Eventbrite website for the list of speakers and to reserve your free ticket.

Marty Baron on investigative journalism in the age of Trump: the executive editor of The Washington Post is in converstion at the Centre for Investigative Journalism on Thursday 22 March at Goldsmiths, London SE14 6AD. Go to the CiJ's Eventbrite website to book your free ticket.

War, Journalism and Whistleblowers: you can view the press conference marking the 15th anniversary of Katharine Gun’s truth-telling on Thursday 1 March at the NUJ.

A new deal for working people: this TUC march and rally on Saturday 12 May will call for more and better jobs and a more equal country. Assemble at Victoria Embankment between Hungerford Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge from 11.00, the march will move off at 12.00 to Hyde Park for a rally ending at 16.00. More information is on the TUC website.

March Against Racism: this demonstration, supported by the TUC, on Saturday 17 March from 12.00 to 15.30 will highlight the UK‘s international obligations to tackle racism and xenophobia. Assemble at Portland Place, London W1A 1AA. The list of speakers and more information can be found on the TUC website.

Journalists at Work 2018

The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) is updating its highly-regarded report Journalists at Work, produced in 2012, which has guided the industry’s work on qualifications and has been a vital source of information about the journalism industry. Please take a few moments to take part in the research by clicking here. All responses will be treated in confidence and no individual will be identified. The questionnaire should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete. If you have any queries, contact Mark Spilsbury (who is managing the survey on behalf of the NCTJ) on or Sarah Kenny at the NCTJ on


Tax advice: accountancy firm HW Fisher & Company is running another of its successful seminars on tax for the self-employed and staffers who have recently become freelance in London on Tuesday 22 May. More information on the NUJ website.

Winning and negotiating: freelances have to win and negotiate their own work, but this does not come naturally to many journalists. This one-day course on Friday 8 June in London will provide ideas and practice on how to be successful. Find out more on the NUJ's events page.

Workshops, webinars & training

Everyday media law: NUJ Scotland training is holding a course in Glasgow on Tuesday 27 March covering court reporting, Twitter spats and reporting violence against women. Email to attend. For more information, go to the NUJ website. Other courses, including social media, filming for i-devices, feature writing, pitching for work, writing for the web, travel writing, blogging, PR and Adobe Photoshop introduction can be found on the Scottish training website, including online courses.

Reps' training: everything you need to know to help you in your role as a rep, plus training for equality reps, advanced negotiating skills and advanced representation. There are also courses on employment law;health and safety;organising and recruitment; how to deal with bullying and harassment; and presentation skills. More details, dates and how to book can be found on the NUJ website.

NUJ Training Wales: there are courses on 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 including, improving your time management (Birmingham); finance for freelances (Manchester); and ensuring your non-verbal messages create the right impact (London).Find out more at the FEU training website.

Delegate Meeting

The final agenda for DM2018 is now on the NUJ website.

Parental Pay Equality

The NUJ is supporting the campaign by pressure group Parental Pay Equality to extend shared parental pay and leave to the self-employed. The second reading of Tracy Brabin MP's 10-minute rule bill "Shared Parental Leave and Pay (Extension)" is scheduled for Friday 11 May and has cross-party support. You can sign the petition and write to your MP via the Write to Them website.

NUJ news


Applications are open for funding from One World Media for aspiring journalists and filmmakers, including students, who are interested reporting on the developing world. The deadline is Sunday 1 April. You can find out more and how to apply on the OWM website

Digital Journalism Apprenticeship: the BBC is looking for school leavers and non-graduates to take up this apprenticeship which combines classroom-based training (with the BBC Academy and at an external college) and on-the-job work experience with the aim of becoming a BBC junior journalist. Find out more and how to apply on the BBC website.

Calling crime reporters

TV production company Raw Cut is at the development stage of a television programme about criminal cases in which journalists have played an important role in identifying culprits. If you can help, contact Martha Elwell at or 07789904689.

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