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11 May, 2018

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New legislation will affect the way we can keep you up to date with the union's work and offers to members. The General Data Protection Regulation becomes law on Friday 25 May. We will need every member to ensure we have their accurate contact details and we will be asking you whether you wish to opt in to receiving a number of union communications. To find out more and how to contact us, go to the NUJ website.



TUC march & demo for working people

Find out more about the TUC's deal for working people, and get joining instructions for tomorrow's (Saturday 12 May) march in London and rally in Hyde Park on the NUJ website.


#donoharmjournalism conference: this half-day workshop organised by the NUJ Belfast branch and the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma, in Belfast on Friday 29 June, will give tips on how to interview vulnerable people who have experienced traumatic incidents. Book your ticket on the Eventbrite website.

In conversation with whistleblowing journalist & campaigner Eileen Chubb: the NUJ London Freelance branch's speaker on Monday 14 May will discuss what happened when she blew the whistle as a care worker who witnessed elderly people being abused. More information on 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.

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.

End Payment on Publication

The NUJ's Fair Terms not Their Terms campaign wants to put a stop to publishers expecting freelance journalists to be paid on publication or accept insulting kill fees if commissioning editors change their mind about publication. Sign this petition to help freelances make a living and get paid on time.

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. New dates available. 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 leaflet on reps' training.

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

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 professional 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 and running a social media campaign in Manchester and London; and finance for freelances in Bristol. Find out more on the FEU training website.

The Centre of Investigative Journalism 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 discuss the essential skills required for science journalists. Find out more on the NUJ website.

Delegate Meeting

Read NUJ Informed to find out what happened at Delegate Meeting in Southport last month.

Freedom of Information requests

Using the FOI Act training: the Campaign for Freedom of Information is holding a course on Wednesday 27 June in London which is essential for journalists who want to know how the legislation works, how to draft clear and effective requests and challenge unjustified refusals. Find out more on the NUJ website.

Ask your MP to support the Freedom of Information (Extension) Bill 2017-19, a private member's bill sponsored by Andy Slaughter MP, which brings providers of social housing, local safeguarding children boards, electoral registration officers, returning officers and the housing ombudsman public authorities under the auspices of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The second reading of the bill is on Friday 15 June. You can contact your MP by email via the Write to Them website.

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