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Friday 22 February, 2019


The TimbukTwo
: after having a heart attack and stroke, Eugene Costello, freelance journalist, decided to do a madcap fundraising drive to Timbuktu. Come along and hear his tale at the NUJ in London on Tuesday 26 March. Proceeds will go to the NUJ hardship charity, NUJ Extra. Find out more and how to book on the NUJ website.

Google workshop for journalists, Dublin: this free, one-hour workshop at The Foundry, Google Building, Gordon House, 4 Barrow Street, D04 E5W5 on Thursday 14 March at 15.00, organised by the Google News Initiative, covers search and verification tools from Google. You will learn how to quickly and accurately fact-check content from social media and elsewhere online and how to find real-time search data to enhance your stories using Google Trends. Register with Google to secure your free place.

Dr Brexit: Alison Stanley, partner and head of the Bindmans immigration asylum & nationality team, will be speaking about Brexit and answering queries from freelance members at the London Freelance Branch meeting on Monday 11 March. More information on the NUJ website.

Swansea & district branch: meet other members over drinks and a buffet on Wednesday 6 March and discuss how your NUJ branch can best serve you.  We'll also elect a new branch chair and officers as the current chair is stepping down. More information on the NUJ website.

Freelancers, you are not alone. NUJ Derry and North West branch is hosting Freelance Matters, an information evening for freelances on Thursday 28 February. Find out more on the NUJ 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 discuss: challenging bias; confronting Islamophobia; how we can take on the tech platforms; and producing a media manifesto for the next election. Find out more and how to book on the NUJ website.

Training, workshops & webinars

Sign up now for the NUJ's Rep Stage 1 course on Thursday 6 June in London; it's the first of the three-part programme to help you become a confident and effective rep. More details on the NUJ website. All other courses for reps can be found on the training events pages.

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.

NUJ Training Scotland: this spring's programme of courses includes: Filming & editing for iDevices, Scriptwriting, Feature writing, PR/Media Awareness, Advanced Social Media and Travel writing. Go to the Scottish training website for more details. For any queries or to book a course email:

NUJ Training Wales has a range of on-line learning opportunities and upcoming subsidised courses include: Coaching and mentoring CPD, Media law, Mental health awareness for journalists and Survive & Thrive as a Freelancer. Find out more on the Welsh training website.  Sign up for the Reps Stage 2 course in Cardiff on Monday 11 March. For details and to book your free place on the NUJ website. Wales TUC is offering a one-day update briefing for health and safety reps on Wednesday 20 March. Go to the TUC website for more details and to book your free place.

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 on 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 in a range of free workshops, webinars and online courses. Free workshops in London will show you how to: keep yourself motivated in your work as a freelance; make your cv stand out from the crowd; learn effective interview and presentation skills; and the key steps to creating your blog. Find out more on the FEU website.

Creative productivity: this FEU webinar on Tuesday 26 February at 11.00 will share tips and strategies on how to improve your time management and make your "To do" list something you enjoy and complete rather than something to dread. Find out more and enrol on the FEU training website.

Mental health at work, the role of trade unions: this TUC symposium in Sheffield on Thursday 21 March for trade union members, reps, officers, and organisers will discuss how to support members, negotiate mental health at work practices and policies and develop mentally healthy workplaces. For more information and to reserve your place go to the TUC 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 book for this course in London on Thursday 14 March on the NUJ website.

Vacancies: NUJ training Cymru Wales

NUJ Training Wales is seeking an experienced project manager, self-employed for up to 12 days per month, and an experienced project administrator/coordinator, self-employed for up to eight days per month, to work on a skills development project in Wales. For more details and how to apply go to the NUJ website.

Save the over-75s TV licence protest

Join the NUJ’s 60+ council at the National Pensioners Convention protest over the government forcing the BBC to pay for the free TV licences for over-75s on Thursday 7 March at 12.00 at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ.  For more information email:

International Women's Day

International Women's Day is on Friday 8 March. Find out more on the IWD website. Put it on your branch and chapel agendas and order your event pack.

On Saturday 9 March in London, the TUC is celebrating those fantastic women who fought for dignity and equity in the workplace. It is free but you must register on the TUC website.

You can also celebrate at the Sunderland Civic Centre on Monday 4 March, go to the event's website for the list of speakers and more information.

The British Museum and United Nations Cinema are holding a special screening of Under the Wire, which tells the story of foreign affairs correspondent Marie Colvin. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with her colleague Paul Conroy and director Chris Martin. Find out more and how to book on the BM website.

A tribute to Mary Alys: Go to the TUC Midlands website for more information on this event at The Nottingham Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood Street, NG1 4EZ on Friday 8 March at 18.30.

Paul Foot Award

Private Eye is now accepting admissions for the Paul Foot Award 2019 for investigative and campaigning journalism. The award was set up in memory of investigative journalist Paul Foot, who died in 2004. The winning entry will be awarded £5,000 at a ceremony in London on Tuesday 25 June. More details on the PE website.

Awards for young journalists

The Anthony Howard Award for Young Journalists: this prize established in memory of the writer and broadcaster offers journalists under the age of 27 the opportunity to spend 10 months working at the New Statesman and The Times and win £21,600. Find out more and how to apply on the awards website, the deadline is 23.59 on Friday 26 April.

The European Journalism Centre is offering 40 Google News Initiative Fellowships for students who want to explore "the intersection between journalism and technology with news organisations". Find out more on the GNI Fellowship website.

European Media Literacy Week award

The European Commission is now accepting applications for inspiring projects in the field of media literacy. The seven best applicants will be invited to Brussels to compete for three awards at the high-level conference of the European Media Literacy Week, hosted by commissioner Mariya Gabriel on Tuesday 19 March.  Applications must be sent by 27 February, 23.59. For more information and how to apply go to the awards website.

Wapping, the workers’ story

Platform Films, the company specialising in films for trade unions, the public sector and campaigning organisations, is asking for donations to complete a documentary about the year-long industrial dispute in 1986 when Rupert Murdoch plotted to move production of his papers overnight from central London’s Fleet Street to a secretly-equipped and heavily-guarded plant at Wapping. Find out more and make a donation.

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