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Friday 19 October


Inside Investigative Journalism: how can it pay the bills for a freelance? London Freelance Branch is hosting an evening session on Thursday 29 November in London with expert investigative journalists Meirion Jones and Paul Lashmar. To find out more and to book your place go to the NUJ website.

Free digital journalism tools workshop with the Centre for Investigative Journalism and Bristol Cable: this free two-hour workshop on Tuesday 30 October in Bristol will enhance your research skills and help you develop stories. For more information and to book a ticket go to the Eventbrite website

Anti-Social Media? Gina Miller is giving a talk about being trolled on Friday 26 October at the Frontline Club, London, and Making Sense of Modern Media: Damian Collins, chair of the media and culture select committee, will be in conversation with Stewart Purvis, the former chief executive and editor in chief of ITN, at the Groucho Club on Monday 12 November. Find out more on the Media Society website.

Congress of the Worldwide Association of Women Journalists & Writers: this four-day event starting on Tuesday 6 November in London will focus on story telling. Find out more on the Eventbrite website.

If you live or work in Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith or Fulham a new trades union council is being set up in these boroughs. The first AGM is on Tuesday 23 October at 18.30 at the Lytton Estate Residents Hall, North End Crescent W14 8TE. Manuel Cortez, general secretary of TSSA, is guest speaker. A Committee will be elected. All NUJ members are encouraged to attend.

National Pensioners Convention parliamentary lobby
: assemble at 11.30 at Old Palace Yard (opposite the House of Lords) on Wednesday 24 October and attend the meeting from 13.00 in Committee Room 14 (House of Commons). Details of speakers on the NUJ website.


Freelance Salon: journalists can hear the latest ideas on monetising freelance work and stories of success in online journalism on Saturday 27 October from 9.30-15.00 at  the Radisson Blu, Bute Terrace, Cardiff CF10.

What is the media’s role in reporting poverty accurately? This joint Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) and NUJ Training Wales session on Thursday 8 November at 11-14.30 at JOMEC, Central Square, Cardiff, will tackle the challenging issue of poverty. It will be an invaluable opportunity for journalists, media organisations, public bodies and the Welsh third sector. For more details and to book your free ticket go to the Welsh training website.

There are a few places left on the Reps’ Stage 1 course in Cardiff on Monday 12 November. Go to the NUJ website for more information and to book your place.

NUJ Training Wales has an exciting programme of workshops, courses and events. Full list on the Welsh training website.

Ian Bell award

Budding young writers in Scotland aged 30 or under are invited to enter an award competition in memory of the radical journalist and author, Ian Bell, who died aged 59 in December 2015. The union’s Edinburgh branch set up the £500 award with his family last year. The deadline is November 30, submissions should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words and not published in any medium. Find out more and how to apply on the NUJ website.

Tributes to Bob Norris

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, led the tributes to Bob Norris, retired assistant general secretary and member of honour who has died aged 78. Many members will have their own memories of Bob and we welcome any stories or tributes about him for a full appreciation of our colleague. Please send them to

Research programme

Are you able to help with a research project concerning dignity and digital freelance employment? Mike Healy, formerly of Westminster University would like to interview journalists who are employed through an online crowd labour organisation such as Upwork. If the project goes ahead, interviewees would be paid for participation. You can contact Mike on

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 writing for the web and a range of online training modules. The full list of courses can be found on the Scottish training 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 in London and Manchester, including: blogging for freelances; Instagram for beginners; writing for business; and improving your communicating skills. Find out more on the FEU training website.

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

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 Eventbrite website.

Keep your membership details up to date

Make sure the union has up-to-date records of your address, personal email address, phone number and employment details. Use the NUJ website to update your details online or email:

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