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Friday 4 January


It is the annual general meeting of the London Freelance Branch (LFB) on Monday 14 January when the new committee will be elected.There is also meeting for members new to LFB or recently joined on Thursday 31 January from 18.00 at the Camera Museum, Museum St, London. More details on the LFB website.

First Steps in Freelancing: this one-day course on Friday 22 March is for those who are thinking about going freelance or have recently done so and will provide practical advice on: getting your first commission and payment; planning your budget and pension; tax and legal issues; copyright and licensing; and pitching and negotiating. Winning and negotiating freelance work: this one-day course on Friday 5 April will provide freelances with ideas and practical tips on how to win new work and negotiate its terms. Both courses will be held at NUJ HQ, Headland House, 72 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB. Book your place by emailing

Science journalism awards

The Association of British Science Writers’ Awards (ABSW) for Britain and Ireland are open until 31 January in 13 categories, including student, newcomer, news, features, TV, radio, investigations, regional, innovation and more. You do not have to be a member of the ABSW to enter. Prizes are worth £1,000; find out more and how to apply on the ABSW website.

Sexual harassment survey

Wales TUC survey on sexual harassment in the workplace: while unions are in no doubt that sexual harassment in the workplace is a widespread problem, TUC Wales does not have the data to back it up. Please complete this confidential survey to equip trade unions with the knowledge they need to stop this happening and create guidance for workplaces.


Fit for the future:TUC Pensions Conference 2019. Why are women left so much worse off than men in old age? Can pension schemes invest in infrastructure in a way that is compatible with trade union values? What will be the big political moments for pensions in the year ahead? These big questions are being tackled at the annual TUC pensions conference on Tuesday 5 February at Congress House, London. More details and the list of speakers can be found on the TUC website.

Institute of Employment Rights 30th anniversary celebration event: Professor Keith Ewing and John Hendy QC (plus other special guests) will highlight some of the organisation's past work and ideas for a world of work fit for workers in the 21st century at the National Education Union, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London. Book your free ticket for Wednesday 6 February on the IER website.

Stand up to Racism: stopping the far right and challenging institutional racism in the workplace are topics to be debated at this conference for trade unionists on Saturday 23 February in London. Find out more and book your ticket on the Eventbrite website.

UN Anti-Racism Day demonstration:on Saturday 18 March there will be Stand Up To Racism demonstrations in London, Glasgow and Cardiff. The event is organised by Stand Up To Racism and supported by the TUC. Find out more on the Facebook page.

Training, workshops & webinars

All the latest dates for reps’ training and professional courses, plus NUJ Training Scotland, NUJ Training Wales and TUC Education can be found on the NUJ 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. Workshops in January in London and Birmingham will help you improve your communication skills, boost your confidence and introduce you to Instagram for creative freelances. Find out more on the FEU website.

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? This Campaign for Freedom of Information course on Tuesday 29 January in London will show you how to draft clear and effective requests. Find out more and how to book on the CFOI website.

Mental health at work symposium: this training for trade union members, reps, officers, and organisers at the Exeter Corn Exchange on Tuesday 22 January from 10.30 to 15.30 will show you how to how to support members and negotiate better mental health at work practices and policies. Find out more on the TUC website.

Bread & Roses at the Chapel bar

The Bread and Roses at the Chapel is a partnership between the National Union of Journalists and the Workers Beer Company (WBC) owned by the Battersea and Wandsworth Trade Union Council. WBC is one of the main operators of festival bars in the UK and Ireland. The new bar is on the ground floor of the NUJ’s HQ on 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP and will have a range of pop-kitchens providing food. There will be a full programme of events, including comedy, cabaret and quiz nights. The Chapel Playhouse will be London's newest fringe theatre, officially opening its doors on Saturday 19 January. There is a discount for NUJ members on drink, food and tickets. Lloyd Griffith will kick off the Chapel Comedy Club on Thursday 10 January at 20.00; book here to get your discounted ticket. See what else is on the programme.  More details on the Bread and Roses website.

Recruitment posters

You can download the NUJ's latest recruitment posters as A3, A4 or for social media. Go to the NUJ 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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