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Friday 8 March

Dear member,

Monday 18 March is the beginning of Media Literacy Week and the NUJ is hosting a meeting to discuss how journalists can play a role in helping people, particularly young people, to distinguish between fake news, rumour, propaganda and properly-sourced news and information. See Events for more details.


Dear Member,

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Would I Lie to You? How can journalists promote news that can be trusted?
Momo challenges, climate change, Brexit "facts" and duchesses at daggers drawn. How can we work with media literacy projects, colleges and schools to help young people develop a critical understanding of the news they receive via Facebook and social media? Come along to this event hosted by the NUJ for media literacy week on Monday 18 March at the NUJ’s London HQ. To see the list of speakers and book your place, go to the Eventbrite 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. Register with Google to secure your free place.

The TimbukTwo: after surviving 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.

NUJ reps' summit: this event on Saturday 6 April at Manchester's Mechanics Institute is an opportunity for reps and officials to get together to share knowledge and expertise, network and discuss the issues facing members in the industry. Put the date in your diary and check the NUJ website for more news.

Budget Day protest about women's pensions. Join members of the official WASPI campaign at noon on Wednesday 13 March at  Old Palace Yard, Abingdon Street, London SW1 P3J. Find out more on the Waspi website.

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London from March13-22 takes place in various cinemas across the capital, find out more on the festival website.

Media Democracy Festival: this Media Reform Coalition event on Saturday 16 March in London brings together media democracy campaigners, journalists and researchers to discuss a range of issues, from challenging bias to confronting islamophobia and how we can take on the tech platforms to producing a media manifesto for the next election. Find out more on the NUJ website.

For freelances

Dr Brexit: Alison Stanley, partner and head of the legal firm Bindmans immigration asylum & nationality team, is top of the field when it comes to discussing the implications of Brexit and how it could affect freelance workers. She will also help members with queries when she attends the London Freelance branch meeting at 18.45 on Monday 11 March at NUJ HQ, Headland House, 72 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB.

First Steps in Freelancing: this one-day NUJ course in London 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. Book your place on the NUJ website.

Survive and Thrive as a Freelance: a one-day course in Cardiff on Tuesday 26 March will provide an insight into the practicalities of a freelance lifestyle and tips and tools for better financial planning and effective networking. Book your place on the Eventbrite website.

Winning and negotiating freelance work: the one-day NUJ course in London on Friday 5 April will provide freelances with ideas and practical tips on how to win new work and negotiate its terms.  Book your place on the NUJ website.

Advice on tax: accountancy firm HW Fisher & Company is running another of its successful seminars on tax for the self-employed and staffers who have recently become freelance on Wednesday 8 May in London. It will cover tax and NICs; self-assessment; allowable expenses; setting up in business; Making Tax Digital; operating via a limited liability company. Find out more and how to book on the NUJ website. If you can't make this one, the next session will on Thursday 5 September, you can book now on the NUJ website.

Training, workshops & webinars

Sign up to the free, one-day organising and recruitment course on Tuesday 30 April to boost membership engagement and activity. It is an opportunity to share ideas and good practice with other reps on how to recruit and encourage members to join in chapel and branch work. There are still a few places for NUJ reps Stage 1 in London on Thursday 28 March. Go to the training calendar to find out the full list of reps’ courses. Email for queries about reps' training.

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, subsidised courses and media road shows in Cardiff, Bangor and Wrexham, including coaching and mentoring, media law and mental health awareness for journalists.  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, go to 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: learn effective interview and presentation skills; and take the the key steps to creating your blog. Find out more on the FEU website.

The Association of British Science Writers is offering an in-depth, full-day workshop on how to use your phone to make broadcast-ready audio, video and photography, for a range of media platforms in London on Thursday 14 March. More details on the NUJ website.

Gender pay gap

Employers in Great Britain with more than 250 staff are required by law to publish the following four types of figures annually on their own website and on a government website:

  • Gender pay gap (mean and median averages).
  • Gender bonus gap (mean and median averages).
    Proportion of men and women receiving bonuses.
  • Proportion of men and women in each quartile of the organisation’s pay structure.

Check if your news organisation has reported its latest figures. Make gender pay gap an item on your chapel agenda. For more information go to the NUJ's campaign page.

Copyright consultation

The UK government’s copyright office has launched a call for evidence on the implementation of the new copyright rules introduced in 2014. Have you been affected by people using or copying your work and claiming cover from the "exceptions" to copyright such as: "research and private study"; use in education; quotation; and "parody, caricature and pastiche"; or by the "orphan works" rules? Have you experienced a loss of income?

Contact and we will collate responses - anonymously if you ask. For the full consultation

Medical Journalism Awards

The annual MJA Awards recognise and reward outstanding examples of health and medical journalism. They are now open to entry and are for work first published/broadcast on or between Wednesday February 21, 2018 and Tuesday February 12, 2019. Each award attracts a cash prize of £750, a trophy and an invitation to receive your award at the MJA Awards ceremony on Wednesday 12 June in London. Find out more on the NUJ website.

Comedy, cabaret & drama

The Chapel Playhouse is London's newest fringe, based in the basement of the Bread & Roses at the Chapel bar at the NUJ's London HQ at King's Cross. See what's on, including comedy acts Sara Barron & Catherine Bohart and Simon Brodkin & Dane Baptiste, plus new plays and shows. Discounts for NUJ members on food, drink and tickets.

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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