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Friday 6 April


Why should journalists accept payment on publication? If you freelance for the national media and want to work to improve your pay and conditions, come along to this meeting Downstairs at the NUJ, 308 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP at 18.30 on Thursday 12 April. Speakers include Tim Dawson,  NUJ president, Pamela Morton, freelance organiser, and Eugene Costello, writer of  the Press Gazette article How payment on publication is making life a misery for many freelance journalists. Email to reserve your free place.

Understanding GDPR: this one-day training course tomorrow, Saturday 7 April, is for freelance journalists who are members of Manchester and Salford NUJ and covers all the General Data Protection Regulation issues affecting those who operate as sole traders. You can book via 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

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

The Institute of Employment Rights is offering a 55 per cent discount to NUJ members on entry to The Future of Labour Law: progressive rights under a progressive government conferences. Leading labour lawyers and academics will present proposals that have been adopted by the Labour Party as a blueprint for future reforms. Quote promotional code NUJfoll2018 to gain £40 off entry to the Liverpool conference on Thursday 10 May or the London conference on Thursday 14 June.

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.

Vacancies at NUJ Training Wales

Vacancies for fixed-term contracts: NUJ Training Wales is seeking project manager and a project coordinator for its skills development project in Wales. For more information, go to the NUJ website. The deadline for applications is 11 April 2018.

Gender Pay Gap

Webinar: Scarlet Harris, TUC women's equality officer is hosting a live webinar on Wednesday 2 May from 14:30 to 15:30  to explain what we need to be doing right now in our workplaces to close the gap. Regardless of whether your employer is covered by the new regulations or not, we can take action to tackle the gap. Register on the TUC website.

NUJ's equal pay and gender pay gap campaign: the union is working with chapels to help negotiate policies which will close the gender gap pay and open up salary structures to greater transparency. Go the campaign's website page for more information and contact if you need help in carrying out a pay audit in your workplace.

Important research

The NCTJ's research, Journalists at Work, is a project supported by the NUJ as it supplies independent, comprehensive and up-to-date labour market information about journalists. Many of you have already completed it, but if you have not please  click here. All responses will be treated in complete confidence. 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



Pay back time

Visual artists including photographers, cartoonists and illustrators should claim for DACS Payback 2018.  This covers secondary uses of your images, such as photocopying. Last year individual payments ranged from £25 to £4,215.  The deadline for applying is May 4, so apply now on the DACs website.

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 and please supply a photograph.  The final agenda is on the NUJ website.

Steve Hewlett Scholarships

Following the broadcaster's death in February 2017, the Media Society and Royal Television Society are funding two £1,000 bursaries in his honour for students from low income backgrounds who wish to study broadcast journalism at university.  Applications must be made by Saturday 30 June on the RTS website.

Freedom of Information requests

Do you want to learn how to use the Freedom of Information Act? Are you already using the Act, but want to know more about how key provisions are being interpreted? A well thought-out request can have a powerful impact. This practical course run by the Campaign for Freedom of Information on Wednesday 27 June is designed to help campaigners and journalists make the most of the Act and the parallel Environmental Information Regulations. For more information go to the CFOI website. You can also donate to the CFOI to help the organisation's small team with its work defending and improving FOI legislation.


Stop the anti-union dirty tricks in the Coventry University Group: sign this petition to condemn the management of the CU Group, a subsidiary company of Coventry University, who have adopted union-busting practices by setting up a company union and recognising it.

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