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Friday 2 November


Artificial Intelligence for Journalists: tools to help trigger new story ideas. London Freelance Branch will discuss Artificial Intelligence and how its tools can help journalists, rather than putting them out of a job on Monday 12 November in London. Find out who is speaking and how to book your free ticket on the NUJ website.

What is the media’s role in reporting poverty accurately? This joint Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and NUJ Training Wales session on Thursday 8 November 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.

No Stone Unturned: showing of the film and Q&A with journalists/film makers Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney in Dublin on Monday 12 November. For more information and to book your ticket, go to the NUJ website.

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.

Radical Manchester: on Saturday 10 November at the Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, 35-39 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JG, the Mary Quaile Club and NUJ Manchester and Salford branch will celebrate two events of 1907, the opening of the Manchester Gaiety Theatre and the founding of the NUJ. John Harding, author of Staging Life: The Story of the Manchester Playwrights will talk about how Annie Horniman, tea heiress and suffragist, opened the country’s first repertory theatre in the city. Tim Gopsill, joint-secretary of the NUJ's London Freelance Branch, will talk about Harry Richardson, founding member of the NUJ, and reflect on the lives of journalists today. Entrance is free. Advance bookings for seats can be made by emailing For more information go to the event’s website.

Benefit gig for the NUJ exiled journalists' network: come and enjoy a night of music, stand-up and spoken word on Saturday 17 November with some of Manchester's top local artists. All profits will go towards supporting the NUJ's exiled journalists' network. Go to the NUJ website for line-up and more details.

National unity demonstration against fascism and racism: this TUC-supported demonstration in London on Saturday 17 November, starting at 12 noon, will be a public statement against the rise of racist and xenophobic attacks directed against some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. Find out more on the TUC website.

The Scottish Trades Union Congress is supporting Stand up to Racism on Saturday 25 November in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Assemble at 10.00 at St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, and 10.30 at Glasgow Green, Greendyke Street, Saltmarket, Glasgow G1 5DB. More details are available on the Unison website.

Reclaim the Night, Newcastle: with nearly half a million adults sexually assaulted in England and Wales each year and one in five women aged 16 - 59 having experienced some form of sexual violence, the Northern TUC is asking women to join those around the world on Saturday 24 November to mark the United Nations International Day to End Violence Against Women - and take back the night. Go to the TUC website for more details.

Trump, Putin & the Great Brexit Robbery: join this Byline event for an evening of cross-party discussion, revelations, updates and calls to action with investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr and MPs Tom Watson and Damian Collins, chaired by journalist Peter Jukes and with special guests on Tuesday 27 November in London. Find out more on the Eventbrite website.


Support The Bristol Cable, a grassroots community-led media cooperative in Bristol. Donate and you will be supporting journalism which is independent, challenges local media, is rooted in the city and in the public interest. It is packed with investigative journalism and in-depth articles about issues that matter in Bristol. Be a part of your local media and find out more at the Cable’s fundraising page.

Support the Feminist Library with the move to its new Southwark Council premises at the Sojourner Truth Community Centre, 161 Summer Road, Peckham. They need to raise £30,000 to cover the costs of getting everything there. Donate at their crowd-funding 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; sessions 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. Download Your handy guide to NUJ reps' training. Any queries, email In London this month, there are still places on organising and recruitment training and NUJ reps Stage 3 and on Tuesday 4 December in London Health & Safety reps course, stage 1. In Cardiff there are a few places left on the Reps’ Stage 1 course on Monday 12 November.

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

NUJ Training Scotland has a programme of class-based courses and online modules to help journalists with their professional development. Full list 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. Courses this month in London and Bristol will help you improve your presentation skills, maximise the potential of your technology for work and manage your finances as a freelance. Find out more and book your place on the FEU website.

The newsrewired digital journalism conference will take place on Wednesday 7 November at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London. The day will feature a mix of workshops and panel discussions about the latest tools, trends and techniques in digital journalism. For more information, list of speakers and how to book, go to the event’s website.

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

The TUC Midlands Health & Safety Forum will meet on Thursday 15 November in Birmingham, with speakers discussing tinnitus and mental health. For more information and to book your free place, go to the TUC website

What does the budget mean for public services? In this TUC webinar on Wednesday 14 November from 14.30 to 15.30 Matt Dykes, senior policy officer, and Sarah Arnold, researcher at the New Economics Foundation, will look at the Chancellor's budget and what it means for different parts of our public services. Go to the TUC website for more details.

Research on online comments

Students from Radboud University, the Netherlands, are participating in an honours project for a Dutch newspaper about online comments on newspaper websites. The research is focused on the value of debate online, how it should be done and whether online commenting is desirable at all. The students will be in London to conduct research on the 20-21 November. If you are interested in taking part, email Layla van Vugt at

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