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Friday 18 January, 2019


In Conversation With Gary Younge: his books and newspaper columns have made Gary among the most influential progressive voices of his generation. In the intimate setting of the NUJ's venue space, on Tuesday 26 February at 19.00, he will discuss the UK's current political traivails, the instincts that have shaped his politics and the forces that have governed his career. All proceeds from this event will go to NUJ Extra and the George Viner Fund. Find out more and book your place on the NUJ website. Have a drink and meal before or after at Bread and Roses at the Chapel bar.

Journalism is not a crime! Murder definitely is! No Stone Unturned is a powerful documentary investigating the murder of six football fans in a village pub in Northern Ireland in 1994. At this NUJ Cardiff screening held at JOMEC 2 Central Square/2 Sgwâr Canolog on Thursday 7 February, Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey the journalists arrested for making the film, will be available for questions. Read about the NUJ’s campaign in their defence. Find out more and reserve your ticket on the Eventbrite website.


The BBC agreed to fund the licence fees for the over-75s during its last charter funding process. This will cost more than £1 billion by the end of the next decade. The NUJ believes paying this benefit from the licence-fee pot will be catastrophic for our public service broadcaster and the government must pick up the bill. The Welsh-language channel S4C, which loses its government funding and will be dependent on the licence fee settlement from 2023, could also suffer if the BBC’s budget is compromised this way. This is the NUJ’s briefing paper, but you can have your say by taking part in the consultation which closes on Tuesday 12 February.

Training, workshops & webinars

If you would you like to be able to put together an effective equal pay claim and identify ways equality can be embedded in chapel and branch organising, then sign up to this free NUJ training course for all reps on Thursday 21 March. All other courses for reps can be found on the NUJ website.

NUJ Training Scotland has a full programme of funded training opportunities for members, including courses on collaborative leadership; becoming an effective freelance; DSLR filming & editing; new models of journalism; an introduction to InDesign; and script writing. Find out more on the course calendar and other training opportunities and online courses on the Scottish website.

NUJ Training Wales has a two-day course on media law on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 March. Go to the Welsh training website for other learning opportunities. Wales TUC is offering a one-day essential update briefing for health & safety reps at St David's Park, Ewloe, Flintshire on Wednesday 20 March. The closing date for registrations is Friday 15 March. For queries about the event, contact or telephone 029 2034 7010. For more information and how to book, go to the TUC website.

Equality and diversity: this e-course developed by the Federation of Entertainment Unions provides a briefing on the Equality Act 2010, what you can do about discrimination and ideas of union activities to foster equality and diversity. Go to the FEU website for more information.

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 diversify your career portfolio and introduce you to Instagram for creative freelances. Find out more on the FEU website.

Association of British Science Writers mobile journalism training course: learn to create powerful audio-visual stories for broadcast, digital and social platforms with your smartphone, using apps and techniques used by journalists at the world’s top broadcasters. Find out more and how to book on the NUJ website.

HeartUnions week

This year the TUC's HeartUnions week will take place from February 11 to 17.  It's all about building a stronger movement and focuses on the good work unions do.The NUJ will be joining in the week of activity throughout England and Wales, so put the date on your chapel/branch agenda.

Bread & Roses at the Chapel bar

The Bread and Roses at the Chapel is the new bar on the ground floor of the NUJ’s HQ on 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP with a range of pop-kitchens providing food. There is a full programme of events of comedy, cabaret and quiz nights with top names, including Shappi Khorsandi and Simon Brodkin. 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. More details on the Bread and Roses website.

Media Democracy Festival

The Media Reform Coalition's festival on Saturday 16 March in London brings together media democracy campaigners, journalists, researchers and citizens to take part in discussions on a range of issues: challenging bias; confronting Islamophobia; how we can take on the tech platforms; and producing a media manifesto for the next election. It has a fantastic range of speakers and workshops throughout the day. Find out more and how to book on the NUJ website.

Fair Pay/Play in the UK Voice-Over Industry

The University of Exeter Law School is carrying out a study on the levels of pay and contractual practices in the UK voice-over industry. It aims to improve the legal rights of voice-overs in the UK (for the purposes of this survey, voice-overs refers to voice-over actors, voice-over artists, voice-over talents or voice-over professionals). Are you able to help shape this research by sharing your professional experience on an anonymous survey which takes less than 15 minutes?. The closing date is 31 March.

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