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Friday 14 September


The union has been inundated with support for NUJ members Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey in response to their arrest in Belfast. This week in Manchester, TUC Congress passed an emergency motion about their work to highlight collusion between the British Army, RUC police and Loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland. The film, No Stone Unturned, sheds light on six unsolved murders and a violent attack on civilians in 1994 known as the Loughinisland massacre. The NUJ is campaigning for the immediate lifting of the threat of legal action against Trevor and Barry. To add your name in support of the campaign, please email: and to find out more about the campaign visit the NUJ website.

Unison have more than 280 members who are home care workers still in dispute with Birmingham City Council. They are asking for support from across the trade union movement. The dispute is in response to unworkable shift patterns and pay cuts affecting some of the lowest paid, mainly women workers. The campaign has already involved 17 days of strike action in an attempt to see off the attacks on work/life balance and terms and conditions. A rally and demonstration will be held on Saturday 15 September in Victoria Square, Birmingham assembling at 12 noon. Please go along and show your support and solidarity. Messages of support can be emailed to Unison:


NAE PASARAN! Is a feature film that charts the true story of the Scots who managed to ground half of Chile’s Air Force, from the other side of the world, in the longest single act of solidarity against Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship. This Saturday 15 September in Aberdeen there is a preview screening of the film and a Q+A supported by the NUJ. Find out more and book your place on the Belmont Film House website

The Media Society has organised a public meeting with Charlene White, the first black woman to present ITV's News At Ten. The event takes place on Monday 24 September in London from 19:00 – 22:00. Find out more about the event and buy your ticket online via Eventbrite.

The London and South Eastern region of the TUC have organised their annual health and safety seminar focused on mental health and wellbeing. The event takes place on Friday 28 September from 10:00 to 16:00 at Congress House in London. The event is aimed at trade union health and safety reps and trade unionists interested in campaigning on health, safety and well-being issues at work or in the community. To find out more about the event and to book your place, visit the TUC website.

The TUC Yorkshire women's conference takes place on Friday 28 September from 12:00-14.30 at Dewsbury Town Hall. All women trade unionists in the region are welcome to attend. Go along to the event, listen, be heard, and be part of making positive changes for women. To find out more information and to register for the event, visit the TUC website.

Link up with other trade unions, political parties, students' unions, housing agencies, community and campaign groups to demand action in Ireland on the housing crisis. Join the rally calling for homes for all on Wednesday 3 October at 12.30-14.00 at Leinster House in Dublin. For more information about the Raise the Roof campaign, visit the ICTU website.

The Media Reform Coalition has organised a public meeting about the Cairncross Review on Thursday 4 October from 17.00-19.00 at Birkbeck College, University of London on Malet Street. Panellists include Michelle Stanistreet - NUJ general secretary, Dr Martin Moore - Kings College London, Prof. Angela Phillips - Goldsmiths College London, Kerry-Ann Mendoza - The Canary and Jim Cusick - Journalist. The event will be chaired by Prof. Natalie Fenton.

A performance of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists will be on at the Tara Theatre in Earlsfield, London from Wednesday 24 - Saturday 27 October. Based on a novel by Robert Tressell first published in 1914, the book is widely regarded as a classic of working-class literature. Find out more about the event via the Tara Arts website.

Enjoy a night of music, stand-up and spoken word with some of Manchester's top local artists. All profits will go towards supporting the NUJ's exiled journalists network. The event takes place on Saturday 17 November from 19:00 – 23:00. Find out more information about the event and book your place via Eventbrite


Join the TUC's campaigns and organising team at a webinar to discuss the causes of low membership amongst young workers and what we can do about it. The solutions may require a more fundamental rethink that tackles existing preconceptions. The webinar will take place on Tuesday 9 October at 14.00 and the event is aimed at organisers and activists looking to do something different to help to secure the future of our movement. For more information and to register to participate, visit the event web page.

Awards and fellowships

Amnesty International UK is inviting entries for its media awards that recognise the vital role of journalists and the serious risks they face in highlighting human rights abuses around the world. Previous award winners include Marie Colvin, Gary Younge, and Alex Crawford. Entries can now be submitted and the closing date is Friday 25 January 2019. Entries must be from a media outlet based in the UK and published or broadcast for the first time in the UK between 1 January and 31 December 2018. Find out more about the awards on the Amnesty International website.

The global charitable foundation Wellcome are inviting photographers and other image makers to enter their photography prize, which celebrates compelling imagery that captures stories of health, medicine and science. The deadline for entries is 17 December 2018. To find out more information visit the Wellcome website.

Channel 4 News has launched a fellowship to train a new generation of foreign producers in memory of Sarah Corp. They are looking for applicants from any background who already have some professional experience in journalism. The deadline for applications is 30 September – applicants should submit their CV and covering letter via email:


The NUJ has organised a professional training course focused on helping freelance journalists find work online. The event takes place on Wednesday 19 September from 18:30 – 20:30 and the course costs £14 for NUJ members. For more information and to book your place visit the online NUJ events diary.

Find out how to write drama for tv and radio on this NUJ professional training course that will demonstrate how journalistic skills can be deployed to create compelling broadcast drama. The event takes place on Tuesday 25 September 18:30 – 20:30 in London. The course costs £14 for NUJ members. For more information and to book your place visit the online NUJ events diary.  

The Centre for Investigative Journalism has organised a conference on Saturday 29 September at Newcastle University. Amelia Gentleman will be the keynote speaker and she will talk about her investigation into the Windrush scandal. Ticket prices range from £5-19 and the price includes lunch and a drinks reception. For more details and to book your place visit the CIJ website.

The NUJ training course first steps in freelancing will take place in London on Friday 5 October. The course is aimed at those who are thinking about going freelance or have recently done so, and will provide practical advice and support. The course costs £60 for NUJ members and £50 for NUJ students. For more information and to book your place visit the online NUJ events diary.

Find out how to ePublish, find markets and publicise your work on the profit from ebook journalism professional training course on Wednesday 10 October 18:30 – 20:30 in London. The course costs £14 for NUJ members. For more information and to book your place visit the online NUJ events diary.

The NUJ's Dublin Freelance Forum is a regular one day event designed to keep freelance journalists up to date with the latest developments in the industry. Aimed at writers, photographers and PR practitioners, and hoping to cover print, broadcast and online media, it is organised by Dublin Freelance NUJ branch with support from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The next forum takes place on Monday 15 October from 9.30-16.30. To find out more about the programme for the day and to book your place, visit the NUJ events diary.

The UK conference of science journalists takes place on Tuesday 16 October in London. The event will focus on new and emerging technologies and digital innovations in media and reporting. Learn about the latest key media trends and pick up new digital tools and skills essential to freelancing and thriving in the augmented newsroom. There is a 20 per cent discount for NUJ members and the event costs £200. If you want to book a place then use the discount code 'NUJ' during the online registration process. Visit the UKCSJ website for more information.

TUC Education is running workshops for union reps around the UK about the menopause at work. The events will be an opportunity to share experiences of employer attitudes and discuss ways in which unions can affect workplace policies. All dates and venues can be found online on the TUC Education website.


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