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NUJ training & courses, autumn 2018

Dear member,

The NUJ has a long and proud record of delivering education and training opportunities and runs a wide range of courses to help your professional development and to equip you with the skills needed to become an effective NUJ rep. The twice-monthly NUJ Active always includes a list of latest training news provided by the union and other organisations.


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Reps' training

The NUJ provides free training for reps to help them be effective and confident in their role. This includes: the three-stage reps' course; courses for learning and equality reps; on pensions; advance negotiating skills and advanced representation; on organising and recruitment; and on how to deal with bullying and harassment. Go to the diary of courses to find dates for London, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. There is also Your handy guide to NUJ reps' training. Any queries, email

A programme of reps' training in Ireland will be published this autumn. Watch out in NUJ Active.


The NUJ regularly provides subsidised courses, First Steps in Freelancing and Winning and Negotiating freelance work to help members become effective freelances. Check the training diary for latest dates.

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.

Introduction to data in journalism: this one-day course, organised by London Freelance Branch, on Friday 19 October will cover topics such as understanding data and risk, assessing data quality, surveys, data sources such as government and open data, freedom of information, combining and manipulating data and graphing. More information on the NUJ website.

Dublin Freelance branch's next Freelance Forum will take place on Monday 15 October. There are sessions on podcasting, science writing, pitching to commissioning editors, LinkedIn, reporting family law cases and opportunities for networking. More information on the NUJ website.

The NUJ Cardiff and South East Wales branch's Freelance Salon will take place on Saturday 27 October in Cardiff, where journalists can hear the latest ideas on monetising freelance work and stories of success in online journalism. More information on the NUJ website.

Free professional training (England)

Sign on at the Federation of Entertainment Unions' training website and as a member of the NUJ you will be able to take part in a wide range of free workshops, webinars and online courses, including shooting smarter iPhone/iPad videos; driving traffic to your website; how to run a social media campaign; and writing for business. Find out more on the FEU website. Check NUJ Active for more courses this autumn.


The NUJ's free reps' training will help you with everything you need to know in your role as a rep. Go to the diary of courses to find out dates of courses in Glasgow.

The following courses are funded by the Scottish Union Development & Learning fund and Scottish Government for members in Scotland:
Tuesday 21 August: New Models of Journalism (Glasgow)
Tuesday 28 August: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Training for freelance journalists and photographers (Glasgow)
Thursday 30 August: GDPR Training for freelance journalists and photographers (Edinburgh)
Monday 3 September: GDPR Training for freelance journalists and photographers (Perth)
Monday 1 October: New Models of Journalism (Edinburgh)

NUJ Professional training courses
All courses run from 10am-5pm at a rate of £95 per person for NUJ members and include all materials and sandwich lunch.  Non-members rate:  £120 per person

Thursday 6 September: Filming & Editing for i-devices
Thursday 13 September: Advanced Social Media
Friday 14 September: Feature Writing & Pitching
Friday 21 September:The Effective Freelance
Friday, 28 September: Scots Law for Journalists
Tuesday 2 October: Filming & Editing for Androids
Friday 5 October: Writing for the Web
Tuesday 9 October: InDesign
Wednesday 10 October: Brand me: confidence skills for women in the media
Friday 12 October:The Entrepreneurial Freelance
Thursday 18 October: Scriptwriting
Friday 19 October: Media Law & Ethics

Go to the NUJ's Scottish training website to find out more, including online courses, or email


NUJ Training Wales has a new team and an exciting programme of workshops, courses and events coming up before the end of 2018.

Simon Williams, of Cardiff university, is bringing his Strategic Communications course to St Asaph on Thursday 20 September and media consultant David Banks will be at Glyndwr University in Wrexham running media law workshops for those new to the industry and for experienced journalists on Tuesday 16 October.

NUJ Training Wales is supporting the NUJ Cardiff and South East Wales branch's Freelance Salon on Saturday 27 October at the Radisson Blu, Bute Terrace, Cardiff, where journalists can hear the latest ideas on monetising freelance work and stories of success in online journalism.

Reporting on Poverty on Thursday 8 November is a free one-day event exploring the news media narrative on poverty in Wales in collaboration with the Journalism, Media and Culture School at Cardiff University and Oxfam Cymru.

Women in Sports Journalism on Wednesday 12 December at Cardiff Metropolitan University is a special conference exploring a watershed year for female representation in sports media and will examine the challenges still faced by women building careers in the industry. 

For more information and to book tickets go to the NUJ Training Wales website. Contact the team, Richard Speight and Zena Chandler-Burnell, at and on twitter @NUJTrainWales.

There will be a NUJ Reps' stage 1 course on 12/13 November in Cardiff. Contact Caroline Holmes at

Wales TUC is offering a one-day, free essential update briefing for health & safety reps suitable for union workplace reps, branch secretaries, regional officers, union organisers and other union officials at St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff CF5 6XB on Wednesday 10 October. If you have any queries about the event please contact or telephone 029 2034 7010. Book your place on the TUC website.

North of England/Scotland

These courses are for all members and reps in the North of England and Scotland:

Reps' Stage 1: 19&20 October.

Health & Safety:  2&3 November.

Freedom of Information requests

Do you want to learn how to use the Freedom of Information Act? Are you already using the Act, but want to know more about how key provisions are being interpreted? Making a FOI request is straightforward, but making an effective request can be more difficult. This Campaign for Freedom of Information course on Wednesday 24 October at the Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA explains the legislation, shows how to draft clear and effective requests and describes how to challenge unjustified refusals. Find out more and how to book on the CFOI website.

TUC Education

Get logged in to TUC Education, the one stop shop for all types of union reps. Once logged in, you will have access to a range of eNotes, self-contained modules on topics relevent to reps and the workplace and trade unionism. They contain a mixture of text, video and quizzes, lasting between 20 and 45 minutes and can be returned to as many times as you like.

Northern TUC Learning:a series of free bite-sized briefing' sessions on subjects including cancer rights at work, menopause at work and tackling racism & unconscious bias will be available this autumn in Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Carlisle.

Mental Health and Wellbeing: a workplace issue is the subject of the TUC's London, East and South East briefing for trade union health and safety reps on Friday 28 September from 10.00-16.00 at Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. Register on the TUC website.

Contact TUC Education to find out what is available in your region.

Health and safety inspections webinar: Hugh Robertson, TUC's senior health and safety expert, is hosting this live webinar on Wednesday 3 October at 14.30 to discuss how workplace inspections should be carried out. You can register here. If you cannot join the live presentation you can catch up on the TUC's YouTube channel afterwards.

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