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NUJ Active
15 June, 2018

Dear member,

In this week's NUJ Active we are asking you to Support NUJ recognition at Buzzfeed. During the past 18 months the BuzzFeed NUJ chapel has seen many colleagues leave owing to a swingeing redundancy process and they have faced opposition from the very top of the company to the idea of having a voice at work through union recognition. It has been really tough. Now we are asking NUJ members, branches and chapels to back Buzz members as they cast their votes for recognition.The voting papers will go out on Tuesday 19 June and the vote will close on Friday 6 July. Please send your messages of support and positive examples of what collective action and negotiating can achieve to and we will pass them on to our chapel members. Let them know that they are not alone and what they can achieve together.

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Workshops, webinars & training

Reps' training: new course to help reps and officials understand pension schemes on Thursday 27 September, plus free training on everything you need to know to help you in your role as a rep, plus courses for equality reps and on advanced negotiating skills and advanced representation. There are also  free 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.

Introduction to data in journalism: this one-day course on Thursday 5 July organised by London Freelance Branch covers understanding data and risk, assessing data quality, surveys, data sources and combining and manipulating data and graphing. Find out more on the NUJ website.

Do you want to learn how to use the Freedom of Information Act? This one-day course run by the Campaign for Freedom of Information on Wednesday 27 June explains the legislation, shows how to draft clear and effective requests and describes how to challenge unjustified refusals. For more information go to 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. Please fill in this short online survey to help NUJ Scotland plan its next training schedule.

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: Marketing your work and Making effective use of your voice. Find out more on the FEU training website.

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

The Centre for Investigative Journalism Summer Conference from from 28-30 June offers a mixture of talks, demos and hands-on classes designed to equip journalists interested in up-to-date investigative methods and tools. Find out more on the NUJ website.


Palestinian journalists under attack: NUJ public meeting in the House of Commons on Wednesday 4 July from 18.30 – 20.00 in Committee Room 16.  Leaders of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate will present the results of their monitoring of attacks by the Israeli forces on Palestinian journalists and violations of their right to report. For more information, full list of speakers and information on attending this free event, go to the NUJ webiste.

#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.

Celebrate the NHS's 70th birthday by joining a demonstration organised by health campaigners and trade unions in London on Saturday 30 June. Assemble at noon at Portland Place, London W1A 1AA and march to Downing Street.  Find out more on the NUJ website.

Pride in London & Manchester

Pride in London: the parade from noon on Saturday 7 July provides a joyful platform for the capital's LGBT+ community to raise awareness of their issues, celebrate achievements and articulate what still needs to be done. The NUJ has some free wristbands, find out more on the NUJ website.

Manchester Pride Festival takes place in the heart of the city centre and is an award-winning, four-day event from August 24-27 celebrating LGBT+ life. For more details and to apply for your free NUJ wristband, 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 Monday 24 September. The workshop will cover tax and National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed; self-assessment; allowable expenses; setting up in business; making tax digital; operating via a limited liability company; and tax enquiries and how to avoid them. More information on the NUJ website.

Grants for investigative journalism

The Bureau Local is paying grants of up to £5,000 for investigative journalism projects. Whether you are a local reporter in a newsroom, a hyperlocal blogger, freelancer, vlogger or just a member of the public interested in journalism, you are eligible to make a pitch. The deadline for applications is midnight, Sunday 1 July. Go to the Bureau's website to find out more and how to apply.  

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