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17 August, 2018

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The NUJ is preparing its submission to the Cairncross review on the sustainability of high-quality journalism in the UK. We are looking for case studies of innovative models in journalism, or how cuts to your newsroom are affecting journalism. Please let us know your view by emailing

The NUJ's Photographers' Council is investigating why photography is the most gender-unbalanced sector of the industry. If you are a woman photographer or videographer, we would like to hear of your experience or let us know if you have ideas on how to encourage more women to start or remain in press photography. Please email

The Alzheimer's Society is drafting media guidance about reporting on dementia. It would like to hear from journalists who already report on these issues. To get in touch please contact Emma Bould, the project manager, via: The NUJ's 60+ Council sub-group on dementia will be sent the resulting draft guidance for comment.

The TUC Young Workers' Forum wants to find out about young people’s experiences of harassment at work by customers, clients, patients and other third-parties. More than two-thirds of women aged between 18 and 25 have experienced sexual harassment at work. In UK law, an employer should take action to protect a member of staff who is being harassed by a customer in the same way as if they are being harassed by a colleague. Please complete this short, confidential suruvey.


The World Needs Good Journalists: the NUJ's London Freelance Branch is holding a Q&A at the Byline Festival. If you are new to freelance journalism or need a refresher come and learn more about the job, what’s involved and what the union can do for you. We’ll share tips and tricks on how to find work, diversify your skills, the do’s and don’ts of journalism and answer all your questions.The NUJ will also be running an info stall all weekend so please do come by for a chat. For the speaker list, more details and to book your discounted NUJ ticket go to the NUJ website.

Brighton and Sussex branch summer party: join colleagues for a get-together on Wednesday 22 August at the Fortune of War on Brighton seafront (157 Kings Road Arches BN1 1NB), from 18.00 until late. Everyone welcome, non-members too, especially if they’d like to join.

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 and to apply for a free wristband to take part, go to the NUJ website.

This is the TUC's 150th year and celebrations of this anniversary will form an important part of the TUC Congress in Manchester, 9-12 September. Find out more on the TUC website.

The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CiJ) is holding a conference on Saturday 29 September at The Boiler House, Newcastle University, which will feature talks from investigative journalists and hands-on training in data journalism, FoIA and our new "Access to Tools" training. Find out more on the CiJ website.

Conspiracy: the CiJ in London is running a major international event on surveillance, propaganda and power at Goldsmiths, University of London, from 19 – 20 October. It will bring together investigative journalists, hackers, whistleblowers, artists and experts to create alliances against surveillance, official secrecy and censorship. Find out more on the CiJ website.


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 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.

Workshops, webinars & training

Free GDPR training for freelance journalists and photographers in Scotland: the NUJ's sessions will include considerations of data sharing, consent, information security, data subject rights and issues relating to photography and will take place in Glasgow on Tuesday 28 August, in Edinburgh on Thursday 30 August and in Perth on Monday 3 September. Find out more and how to book on the Scottish training website, where you can find information on other courses and online training. There are plans to roll out this training to the Borders, Aberdeen and Inverness later in the year so if you would like to be put on the waiting list for any of these locations, contact

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 and 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 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 how to improve your professional communications skills; shooting smarter iPhone/iPad videos; driving traffic to your website; and how to run a social media campaign. Find out more on the FEU website.

Discrimination at work

The International Federation of Journalists requests that NUJ members complete this two-minute survey by Saturday 1 September to help the organisation plan future campaigns about fairness and equality at work.

Volunteer Election Observers

Irish Aid is updating its list of election observers. Many NUJ members in the Republic have acted as overseas observers in the past and the role is suited to journalists with an interest in politics and public affairs. Closing date and deadline for applications is Monday 20 August at 17.30. For more information go to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. This note is for information only. The NUJ has no direct involvement in this matter.

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