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13 July, 2018

Cairncross Inquiry

The Cairncross Review is a government-commissioned, independent inquiry into the future of high-quality journalism in the UK, chaired by Dame Frances Cairncross, which is now calling for written submissions on the future of the UK press.
The NUJ has long been calling for this important inquiry and needs its members help to prepare its proposals. It is essential we provide the review team with case studies and the union’s experience of recent trends in the industry. Michelle Stanistreet has already provided oral evidence to Dame Frances, but the NUJ now needs to gather evidence for a written submission about what has been happening in your newsroom in terms of loss of staff and how this has affected your ability to produce "high-quality journalism".
The review wants to hear how cuts in the industry have affected the production of public-interest journalism and community news. It would also like to hear your views on how the government can help rescue quality journalism and stem the closures and mergers of titles and loss of journalists' and photographers' job.
The union is keen to include evidence from new models in journalism, for example successful hyperlocals, co-operative ventures, examples of collaborative enterprises and other innovations.
Please send your contributions and any queries to The consultation closes at 11:45pm on Friday 7 September, but please send your contributions to the NUJ by September 1 so we can gather them together and include them in the union report.
The review team has released a report it commissioned from media consultancy, Mediatique, on the current state of the UK press.


Winning and negotiating freelance work: this one-day NUJ course is for those who have recently gone freelance or want to brush up their skills and will provide ideas on how to win new work and negotiate its terms on Friday 21 September in London. 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 Monday 24 September. More information on the NUJ website.

First steps in freelancing: moving to freelance journalism can be daunting. This one-day NUJ course will provide you with practical advice on your first steps as a freelance on Friday 5 October in London. More information and how to reserve your place is on the NUJ website.

London Freelance Branch is holding one of its regular meetings for new or recently-joined members on Thursday 26 July in Holborn. It is a chance to meet other new members (and some experienced journalists who can offer advice), to hear more about the union and discuss work issues. More information on the LFB website.The next LFB branch meeting, on Monday 9 September, will include a report from Afghan freelance reporter Safiullah Tazib on the situation facing journalists in Afghanistan. More details on the LFB website.

Journalists’ Copyright Fund

The Journalists’ Copyright Fund (JFC) is a non-profit making body, run for journalists, which awards grants for projects associated with copyright for the benefit of journalists. The JCF allocates £200 to £6,000 and considers one-off applications or applications for up to three years’ funding. The deadline for applications is Friday 17 August. Go to the NUJ website for information and how to apply.


Working Class Struggles for Justice: the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group's annual Tolpuddle seminar is being held in memory of Simeon Andrews on Monday 16 July at Portcullis House, Westminster. Speakers include John McDonnell, shadow chancellor, for the full list go to the NUJ website.

Tolpuddle Festival 2018: this weekend of family entertainment, stalls, political debate, comedy, music starts on Friday 20 July in Dorset. Go to the TUC website for more details.

Manchester Pride Festival takes place in the heart of the city centre and is an award-winning, four-day event celebrating LGBT+ life starting on Friday 24 August. For more information  go the NUJ website.

Byline Festival: for journalists, creatives and ravers, this is a festival to promote independent journalism and free speech from 24-27 August 2018 at Pippingford Park, Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. Speakers include Gary Lineker, Alexei Sayle, Carole Cadwalladr, Chris Wylie, Damian Collins, Bonnie Greer, Nick Davies, AL Kennedy and Francine Stock among others. Bands include Pussy Riot and Badly Drawn Boy. More information on the festival website.

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Workshops, webinars & training

Reps' training: lots of new and exciting courses for reps including a pensions workshop on Thursday 27 September; Union Learning Rep training on 3&4 October; Developing confidence on Saturday 13 October and Presenting with Confidence on Wednesday 31 October. The NUJ's free training will help you with everything you need to know in your role as a rep, including courses for equality reps; advanced negotiating skills and advanced representation; employment law; health and safety; organising and recruitment and how to deal with bullying and harassment. Go to the diary of courses to find dates for London, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff.

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.

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

Free professional training 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: Click into Instagram, Dealing with Setback and Effective Communication in London and Writing for Business in Birmingham. Find out more on the FEU training website.


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