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3 August, 2018

Summer events

Summer social: NUJ London independent broadcasting and new media branch invites members from other branches to join them in a few drinks and snacks at Jack's Bar, 96 Isabella Street, London SE1 8DD on Wednesday 8 August. Bring your colleagues, especially if they are not yet NUJ members.  More information on the NUJ website.

NUJ book branch social: all members and prospective members are welcome to meet other publishing professionals and have a drink and a few nibbles at the Thornhill Arms, 148 Caledonian Road, London N1 9RD on Thursday 9 August. RSVP to

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 to 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.

Sky TV

The NUJ and BECTU have launched a recruitment campaign this summer and will be leafleting Sky's site at Osterley, west London, for eight weeks every Friday morning starting from Friday 3 August. If you are able to help, please email You can find out more about the campaign on the NUJ website.

Women Photographers

The photography sector is one of the most gender-unbalanced sectors of the union, with only around 17 per cent women. A motion at DM called on the union to "investigate ways to understand the challenges women face, and to look at ways the union can support women photographers and videographers to slow or stop the disproportionate amount of women leaving the industry". Natasha Hirst, chair of the Photographers' Council, is co-ordinating this work. If you would like to contribute, for example giving an account of your experiences or if you have ideas on how to encourage women into the industry please contact her on campaigns@ and put women photographers in the subject field.

Firecracker Photographic Grant: this annual award worth £2,000 provides a female photographer funding to aid with the completion of a documentary photographic project. Applications close at 18.00 on Sunday 2 September. More details and how to apply can be found on the award's website.

George Viner bursaries

The George Viner Memorial Fund is the National Union of Journalists' charity which provides bursaries to Black and ethnic minority students so they can obtain the training they need to get a job in journalism and broaden the diversity of newsrooms in the British and Irish media. This is your last chance to meet the August 6 deadline for this year's applications. Find out more and how you can apply on the NUJ website.

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. 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' jobs. The union is keen to include case studies 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 by Monday 3 September, putting Cairncross in the subject field.

Workshops, webinars & training

Winning and negotiating freelance work: freelances have to win and negotiate their own work, but this doesn't always come naturally.This one-day NUJ course on Friday 21 September in London will provide ideas and practice on how to win new work and negotiate its terms. For more information and to book your place go to the NUJ website.

Introduction to data in journalism: this one-day course on Friday 19 October at the NUJ HQ in London, organised by London Freelance Branch, covers understanding data and risk, assessing data quality, surveys, data sources, freedom of information, combining and manipulating data and graphing. More information and to book your place go to the NUJ website.

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.

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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: Effective Communication in London and Writing for Business in Birmingham. Find out more on the FEU training website.

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