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Friday 5 April, 2019


Book Branch is holding a social evening at Bread & Roses at the Chapel on Thursday 11 April at 18.30. All welcome. Come and enjoy Kings Cross's best new bar while networking and finding out about what the NUJ is doing in publishing. As well as Book branch members, colleagues from Freelance branch who work in publishing are particularly invited, as are non-members to encourage them to join. Arrive early for a free drink. Find out more on the NUJ website.

No Stone Unturned: Edinburgh Freelance Branch and Edinburgh and District Branch are holding a screening of the powerful documentary naming the culprits of a massacre in a Northern Irish pub in 1994 and the complicity of the police, on Monday 15 April at 18.00 at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL, to be followed by a Q&A session with NUJ members Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, arrested for their part in the film. Find out more about the NUJ campaign calling for the lifting of the threat of legal action against them and in support of press freedom.

Managing copyright and getting paid for usage: what can you do if you find your photography or visual art copied and stolen? This workshop on Monday 20 May in Manchester will guide you through the crucial steps you can take to identify lost earnings and get paid. Find out more on the NUJ website.

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

Shafted, new edition launch event: come along to the Mechanics Institute in Manchester to discuss the social, political and economic impact of the miners' strike at this Manchester May Day Festival event on Tuesday 7 May. Go to the NUJ website for more details.

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

For Freelances

Why it pays to be in the NUJ if you are a freelance: this new video describes the experiences of members who have been helped by the NUJ. Watch it and send the link to colleagues and friends.

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

London Freelance Branch at the Frontline Club: the journalists’ club has invited LFB members to its Paddington HQ on Friday 12 April to network at a sociable soirée. Find out more and reserve your place on the Eventbrite website.

FEU training is running a free webinar Finance for Freelances (part 1) at 11.00 on Tuesday 17 April. Find out more on the FEU website.

London Freelance Branch new members’ meeting: find out more about the union by meeting fellow LFB members and with freelance branch officers who can listen to your specific questions on Thursday 25 April. Find out more 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; and 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 reps, a crucial factor in building effective union representation on behalf of members. New dates for Dublin: reps' stage 1 on May 2 and 3, go to the NUJ website for more details and to book. Reps’ courses in May in London: reps’ stage 2; health and safety; and organising and recruitment training. In Manchester, reps’ stage 1. Full diary of courses.

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. To take part in the one-day workshop Write that book and get it published on Thursday 25 April in Birmingham, go to the FEU website.

NUJ Training Scotland offers subsidised courses including scriptwriting, feature writing, PR/media awareness, Facebook introduction, 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.

The Centre for Investigative Journalism's courses in April are: Using FOIA more effectively; Finding stories with data; and Data-driven investigations. Find out more on the CiJ website.

#CIJSummer investigative journalism conference: four days of talks, demos and hands-on classes designed to equip journalists with up-to-date investigative methods and tools from Thursday 4 July – Saturday 6 July at Goldsmiths, University of London. Early bird discount bookings are now open.

Stand up for journalism: join a two-hour comedy workshop of short exercises to get participants thinking and talking about their work as a journalist. Two weeks later, on Wednesday 8 May, take part in a stand-up performance in front of a real audience. Find out more and book your place.

Menopause webinar: women over the age of 50 are the fastest-growing group of workers, but talking about the menopause is still seen as a taboo subject. Take part in this TUC webinar on Thursday 25 April at 14.00 to discuss how managers and reps can work together to increase support for women.

Gender-based violence: a call to action

The NUJ is taking part in a campaign co-ordinated by the International Federation of Journalists and its other sister unions to lobby for a new International Labour Organisation Convention addressing violence in the world of work – specifically gender-based violence. See how you can get involved.

Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards

Have you written about refugees and asylum seekers, or do you know someone who has? Aimed at promoting good journalism, the awards are co-ordinated by the Scottish Refugee Council, in partnership with the National Union of Journalists and the British Red Cross, are now open. The deadline is 17.00 on Wednesday 15 May. Find out more and how to apply on the NUJ website.

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, cabaret and new plays – check out the events diary.

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