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Friday 22 March, 2019


NUJ reps' summit: on Saturday 6 April, at Manchester's Mechanics Institute, reps and officials will get together to share knowledge and expertise, network and discuss the issues facing members in the industry. Subjects on the agenda: pay, bullying and online abuse, freelance employment status, digital disruption and the LDR scheme. Find out more and book your place on the NUJ website.

North Wales Coast branch meeting: come along to the Marine Hotel, Colwyn Bay, at 19.00 on Thursday 25 April and meet David Nicholson, NEC representative for Wales, Pamela Morton, national organiser for Wales and freelances, and Jane Kennedy, NUJ Northern and Midlands organiser, plus other members of the branch to discuss what you want from the NUJ, including training, pay. health and safety and local campaigns. Buffet and drinks available. For more information go to the NUJ website.

The NUJ will be holding a conference on the gender imbalance in the photography/videography industry on Wednesday 19 June. Put the date in your diary, more details to follow.

Can government rescue journalism? Dame Frances Cairncross discusses her review's recommendations to protect high-quality, public interest news at the Centre for Investigative Journalism, London, at 18.30-20.00 on Wednesday 3 April. Find out more and book your free ticket on the Eventbrite website.

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.

Islam: another British religion? Award-winning author, foreign correspondent and noted expert on Islamic international affairs, James Fergusson, will give this lecture in the Islam UK seminar series at Cardiff University on Wednesday 3 April, 19.00-20.00, chaired by Martin Shipton, Media Wales chief reporter and FoC of the NUJ chapel, Cardiff. For more details and to book your free place, go to the Eventbrite website.

Workers' Memorial Day, on Sunday 28 April, commemorates all those killed through work with demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day. Find out what is happening near you on the TUC website.

No Stone Unturned screening

The police raids following the release of the documentary No Stone Unturned have become a press freedom cause célèbre. The controversial film will be shown at City, University of London, followed by a Q&A session with the two journalists and NUJ members involved. Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, who worked on the documentary, were arrested and are on bail a year after the film was first shown. They are being investigated because they obtained a key, confidential and damning document citing failures of the earlier police inquiries into the Loughinisland massacre. The evening is a joint event between City and the NUJ. The interlocutor will be the highly-regarded investigative journalist, Ian Cobain. The event is on Tuesday 2 April starting at 18.00. To book your place visit the City events page.  Find out more about the campaign.

Your Brexit questions answered

New entitlements have been created for EU nationals who already live in the UK and wish to stay here. Alison Stanley, the head of immigration and asylum at Bindmans solicitors, gave NUJ members an overview of these rights, focussing on their impact on self-employed workers. Speaking to London Freelance Branch on 11 March 2019, she also answered members' questions. This audio package is a recording of her presentation. There is more information on the London Freelance Branch website and the NUJ briefing document.

For Freelances

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.

FEU webinars: Sign up to Maintaining confidence through the vicissitudes of freelance life at 11.00 on Wednesday 27 March and Finance for Freelances (part 1) at 11.00 on Tuesday 17 April. Find out more on the FEU website.

London Freelance Branch will discuss the problems faced by writers and photographers covering complex protests such as the Gilets Jaunes in France with chair of Paris branch of the NUJ Chris Myan, and branch committee member Pierre Alozie on Monday 8 April. Find out more on the LFB 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

The NUJ provides high-quality, free training for its reps, a crucial factor in building effective union representation on behalf of members. Go to the course diary to find the latest dates for the three-stage reps' programme, health and safety, organising and recruitment and equality training. New dates for Dublin: reps' stage 1 on May 2 and 3. Find out more about all our courses.

NUJ Training Scotland: subsidised courses include filming and editing for i-devices, scriptwriting, feature writing, PR/media awareness, advanced social media and travel writing. Go to the Scottish training website for more details and online resources. 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. Find out more on the Welsh 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 in a range of free workshops, webinars and online courses. Take part in the one-day workshop Maximise the potential of your technology to improve the way you work on Tuesday 2 April, in London, sign up on the FEU website.

Learn how to create a video to promote your union and its campaigns: this free one-day course for beginners in Nottingham on Wednesday 20 March will give you the practical tips required. Find out more on the TUC website.

Tackling racism and promoting equality: one-day free workshop for trade union reps and members in Newcastle on Thursday 11 April. Find out more on the TUC website.

What does your pension mean for you? This webinar at 14.00 on Thursday 28 March will answer basic questions about your pension and how to manage it. Register on the TUC website.

Test yourself and win a goodie bag!

English, maths and IT are essential skills for both work and play. To help you assess your ability you can take four short "SkillsCheck" quizzes. Go to the unionlearn website to take part. When you register, you will be asked “Are you undertaking this learning assessment in association with unionlearn/TUC Education?” Please select non-unionlearn from the dropdown menu and choose NUJ. The first 50 people to complete the series will receive an FEU training goodie bag filled with various handy treats from pens to notepads.

Scott Trust Bursaries

The Guardian Foundation offers a number of bursaries each year for aspiring journalists to study for an MA in journalism. The awards assist students who face financial difficulty in attaining the qualifications needed to pursue a career in media. Eminent Guardian journalists who have benefitted from the scheme include Gary Younge, Mustafa Khalili, Esther Addley, Homa Khaleeli and Lanre Bakare. The deadline for applications is Sunday 31 March. To find out more, go to the Guardain website.

Universal Credit

The Social Security Advisory Committee is calling for evidence on the Claimant Commitment.  If members have evidence about this, can they contact the by Monday 8 April and we will forward it for inclusion in the TUC’s response.

Comedy, cabaret & drama

The Chapel Playhouse is London's newest fringe venue, based in the basement of the Bread & Roses at the Chapel bar at the NUJ's London HQ, King's Cross.  Shows include stand-up comedy and new plays – check out the events diary. Discounts for NUJ members on food, drink and tickets.

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