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20 April, 2018

Dear member,

Delegate Meeting, which starts with the sector conferences, kicks off from Thursday 19 April in Southport to Sunday 22 April, when the union will be discussing union policy on pay, government legislation, the gender pay gap, membership and recruitment, future of  the media, employment rights, ethical journalism, the Cairncross review and union communication. We will be celebrating our new Members of Honour and using the weekend to network and exchange ideas.

Dear Member

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Delegate Meeting

DM 2018 takes place in Southport from Thursday 19 April to Sunday 22 April, including the sector conferences. Go to the NUJ website for conference reports. The final agenda is on the DM page of the website. Follow the events at #DM18 on Twitter.

Workshops, webinars & training

The CIJ Summer Conference at Goldsmiths, University of London, is a three-day event from June 28-30 offering a mixture of talks and hands-on classes to equip journalists with up-to-date investigative methods and tools. There is a bursary scheme for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. For more information and the list of speakers, go to the NUJ website.

UK Conference of Science Journalists: this event at the Francis Crick Institute, London, on Tuesday 16 October is organised by the Association of British Science Writers and will focus on the burning issues in science media and provide the essential skills required for science journalists. Find out more on the NUJ website.

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. Subsidised courses will help you develop as a freelance. 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.

NUJ Training Wales: there are courses on mentoring and coaching; filming and editing on an iPhone/iPad; building your own website; 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: creating videos & running a social media campaign (Manchester); creating videos, running a social media campaign, finance for freelances & getting your book published (London); developing your communication skills (Bristol); and social media for work (Birmingham)  find out more on the FEU training website.

Get logged in to TUC Education,  the one stop shop for all types of union reps.


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. 

First Steps in Freelancing: this one-day course on Friday 18 May in London will provide you with practical advice on your first steps as a freelance from getting from your first commission to advice on planning, money, tax, legal status, copyright, licensing, pitching and negotiating. Find out more 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.

Guidance for freelances on the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR): anyone who, for business purposes, collects and processes data that can identify another person must comply with the law and pay an annual fee to the regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office. This guidance has been compiled by the NUJ for freelances and can be found on the NUJ website.

Equal pay & gender pay gap

The union is working with chapels to help negotiate policies which will close the gender  pay gap 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 or require campaign materials.

TUC webinar on the gender pay gap: 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 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.

Spare computer?

A few years ago the union asked members to donate old laptop computers that we could give to colleagues. The Ugandan Journalists Union president Lucy Ekadu received a Mac laptop at the time and it has now stopped working. If you have an old, spare computer that still works and you would like to donate it to another journalist, then please get in touch. We would need to handover the computer at the start of May when colleagues will be meeting Lucy. If you have some kit you can spare and would like to help then please email:

Calling all writers!

Airplays is a collaboration between BBC Radio Leeds and West Yorkshire Playhouse. They are looking for writers of all backgrounds and all levels of experience to send ideas for original 15 minute-long radio plays. The theme is a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948. Go to the Playhouse website by Thursday 10 May at 18.00 to submit your proposal.

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