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23 March, 2018

Dear member,

As the deadline looms for companies with more than 250 employers to publish data on their gender gap in pay and bonuses, the NUJ has launched its equal pay & gender gap pay campaign to help reps negotiate policies for fair and diverse workplaces, with opportunities for all, and challenge unequal pay.

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Brand Me: this NUJ workshop on Wednesday 28 March in Glasgow will help women build up their confidence and self-promotional skills to negotiate pay rises, handle freelance work and develop a professional profile. For more information and to book a place, go to the NUJ website.


First Steps in Freelancing: moving to freelance journalism can be daunting. This one-day course on Friday 18 May in London will provide you with practical advice on your first steps. More information and to book a place go to the NUJ website.

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

Trust in journalism: speakers at the next London Freelance Branch meeting on Monday 8 April will be Ann Gripper, executive editor (digital) of Mirror Online and Jack Lahart, assistant community editor of The Economist, who will be talking about The Trust Project, an initiative to help readers differentiate between "news content and fakery". You can register on the Eventbrite 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

Equal Pay

The NUJ's equal pay & gender pay gap campaign is tracking the results of the Gender Pay Gap Audit, which forces companies with more than 250 employers to publish data. We will be using the results to challenge organisations with large gender gaps in pay and bonuses and will be providing members and reps with tips on how to go about working with your management to put in place fairer employment policies. We are collecting the results of the media industry's gender pay gap data; please help us by emailing a link of your company's results to

Workshops, webinars & training

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 Scotland: courses on 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, plus a range of online courses including Everyday media law on Tuesday 27 March covering court reporting, Twitter spats and reporting violence against women. Email to book a place.

NUJ Training Wales: there are courses on mentoring and coaching; filming and editing on an iPhone/iPad; and 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, ensuring your non-verbal messages create the right impact and getting your book published (London);using social media effectively (Birmingham); and improving your communication skills (Bristol). Find out more at the FEU training website.

Creative Productivity webinar: tips and strategies on how to improve your time management at 11.00 on Tuesday 10 April. You can enrol on the FEU website.

TUC Education: if you sign up you will have access to a range of resources such as eNotes on subjects such as menopause support in the workplace, sexual harassment & health and safety organising. Catch up on the webinar on Preparing for GDPR. You can also sign up to a webinar on the gender pay gap on Wednesday 2 May at 14.30.

Delegate Meeting

As part of DM 2018, in Southport from Thursday 19 April to Sunday 22 April including sector conferences, the union will be celebrating the lives of members who have died since the last DM. Please contact if there is someone who you think we should include.

Journalists at Work 2018

The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) is updating its highly-regarded report Journalists at Work, 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. 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

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Funds & prizes

The Paul Foot Award: Private Eye is accepting submissions for its award for campaigning and investigative journalism set up in memory of the magazine's revered investigative journalist who died in 2004. The deadline is noon on Tuesday 3 April. More information and how to apply can be found on the PE website.

New fund to support EU investigative journalism: the Investigative Journalism for Europe (#IJ4EU) fund, worth up to €450,000, will foster collaboration among European Union-based journalists on public interest revelations of cross-border significance. Deadline for applications is Thursday 3 May. Find out more on the #IJ4EU website.

The John Murray Prize with The Spectator: Britain’s oldest publisher is celebrating its 250th birthday with an essay competition on the theme of Origin. Explore your passion, discipline or background. A £20,000 book contract with John Murray, publication in the Spectator and mentoring sessions will go to the winner with more prizes for runners-up. The deadline is Tuesday 1 May (midnight GMT). Go to the Spectator website for more information and to apply.

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