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Friday 28 September

Claudia Jones lecture 2018

During Black History Month, the National Union of Journalists and its Black Members' Council host a free event celebrating the life and work of journalist and trailblazer Claudia Jones. This year's keynote speaker on Thursday 11 October at the Scott Room, The Guardian, 90 York Way, London, is Kerry-Anne Mendoza the editor-in-chief of the progressive news site The Canary. For more information and to reserve your place (admission requires a ticket) go to the NUJ website.

NUJ Masterclasses

Framing the perfect shot & other video essentials: top media trainer Tom Mavro-Michaelis will give an introduction to the opportunities of videography and the skills and equipment needed to get started on Wednesday 3 October at 18:30 at Headland House, NUJ, 72 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB. Book your place on the NUJ website.

Profiting from eBook journalism: Tim Dawson will show how little technical skill is required to ePublish as well as finding markets and publicising your work on Wednesday 10 October at 18:30 at Headland House, NUJ, 72 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB. Book your place on the NUJ website.

Workshops, webinars & training

The NUJ provides free training for reps to help them be effective and confident in their role. This includes: the three-stage reps' programme; 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

NUJ Training Scotland: professional development courses for journalists, funded by the Scottish Union Development & Learning fund and Scottish Government, include: a briefing on the General Data Protection Regulation Act; filming & editing for Androids; writing for the web; script writing; and media law & ethics. The full list of courses can be found on the Scottish training website.

NUJ Training Wales has a new team and an exciting programme of workshops, courses and events coming up before the end of 2018. Full list on the Welsh training website. Contact the team, Richard Speight and Zena Chandler-Burnell, at and on Twitter @NUJTrainWales.

Wales TUC is offering a free, one-day briefing for health & safety reps 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.

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 CV/career summaries/profile and practical advice and support to help you improve how you demonstrate your skills and abilities to potential clients. Find out more on the FEU training website.

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.

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

The TUC has updated its guide to mental health at work.

Join the TUC's senior health and safety policy officer Hugh Robertson on this webinar to find out about health and safety inspections and ask any questions you may have on Tuesday 3rd October at 14:30pm. Register here.

The TUC is holding a health & safety forum training day on Wednesday 24 October, 12.00-14.00 at the Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne. For more information and to book your free place, go to the TUC Eventbrite website.

Cairncross Inquiry

The government has appointed Dame Frances Cairncross to examine the sustainability of high quality journalism. The NUJ has submitted evidence to her inquiry.

The Media Reform Coalition has organised a public meeting, What is wrong with our press and how can we fix it? What should the Cairncross Review recommend?, on Thursday 4 October, 18.00-20.00, at Birkbeck College, University of London. Panellists include: Michelle Stanistreet,  NUJ general secretary; Dr Martin Moore, Kings College London; Professor Angela Phillips, Goldsmiths College London; Kerry-Ann Mendoza, The Canary; and Jim Cusick, journalist. The event will be chaired by Goldsmith's Professor Natalie Fenton. More information on the NUJ website. Note revised timing.


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 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 next London Freelance Branch event for new members will take place on Thursday 25 October. Find out more about the union and how it helps freelances, with a face-to-face meeting with fellow LFB members. Find out more details 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.


The News Impact Summit, organised by the European Journalism Centre and Google News Initiative, on Monday 15 October at Cardiff City Hall will bring together leading editors, journalists and experts from across the UK, including speakers from Reach plc, The Bureau Local, The Bristol Cable, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and many more. The event will focus on Local News & Community Engagement and will explore challenges and opportunities that will define the future of regional, local, and hyperlocal news. Find out more and reserve your free ticket on the summit's website.

Stand Up to Racism: this international conference on Saturday 20 October in London will bring together parliamentarians, trade unionists and community leaders from across Europe and the US. More details and list of speakers are on the NUJ website. On Saturday 17 November there will be a national demonstration against racism. Check the NUJ website for further details.

Get your discounted tickets for NUJ members for the Festival of Italian Literature in Notting Hill, London, 27-29 October. The discount code is FILL18PRESS. The full programme is on the FILL website.

NUJ students

The union is in the process of developing a new range of NUJ recruitment materials. The NUJ student recruitment leaflet is first of a new batch of materials, ready for the start of term. The website has a dedicated section for student members, including a recruitment video. Download the leaflet from the NUJ website and use the webpage link to promote NUJ membership for students online and on social media.


Get involved

The NUJ is a democratic organisation which depends on its members for policy-making, campaigning and representing all parts of the media industry. The union has a range of councils dealing with industrial, equality and ethical issues. The latest vacancies can be found on the NUJ website. The closing date for nominations is close of business Tuesday 20 November.

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