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Friday 18 April, 2019

NUJ Apple Store

The full range of Apple desktop computers, laptops and some other Apple products are available to NUJ members at reduced prices from Apple. Find out more on the NUJ website.

Bursaries for BME students

Applications are now open for bursaries from the NUJ’s charity the George Viner Memorial Foundation which offers financial assistance to black and minority ethnic journalism students to help them pay for tuition fees, the cost of travel, accommodation and course books. It also offers mentoring, career guidance and the opportunity to take part in NUJ events. The deadline for applications is Friday, 31 May. Find out more on the NUJ website.

Tackling the far right

The TUC has published an eNote – a short, online learning module –  for trade union reps who want to learn about ways to tackle the far right in their workplace and community. It will:

  •     explain who the far right is and why we oppose them;
  •     give you practical tips on how to campaign against the far right;
  •     let you practice answering difficult questions you may encounter.

Training, workshops & webinars

The NUJ provides high-quality, free training for reps, a crucial factor in building effective union representation for members. New dates for Dublin: reps' stage 1 on  2 and 3 May, 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.  Upcoming courses in London, Birmingham and Brighton include: how to get your book published; how to run a crowdfunding campaign; fiances for freelances and digital marketing to help raise your profile and engage new clients.  For more details and to book your place, go to the FEU website.

NUJ Training Scotland offers subsidised courses including: advanced social media; audio recording & editing; feature writing, PR & communications; 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.

How to make the most of Facebook and Twitter: this TUC webinar at 14.00 on Wednesday 15 May will discuss how trade unionists can use features on social media to organise, network and campaign. Book your spot on the TUC website.

The TUC’s Bitesize Briefings programme in Newcastle for May and June includes: dealing with an ageing workforce; an Introduction to project management; personal safety at home and work; and mental health awareness. Find out more on the TUC website.


New members: the NUJ London Freelance Branch is holding one of its regular sessions for new members to meet branch officers and discuss any queries they may have about the union on Thursday 25 April from 18.00 to 19.00 at the Camera Museum's café, 44 Museum St London WC1A 1LY.  The London Independent Broadcasting and New Media Branch will be focusing on new members and answering any questions about the NUJ on Tuesday 30 April from 18.30-20.30 at the NUJ’s London HQ, Headland House, 72 Acton Street, Kings Cross, London WC1X 9NB. The NUJ - What's It All About?  This Dublin Freelance Branch initiative on Wednesday 15 May from 19.00 to 20.30 at The Teachers Club, Parnell Square, is for journalism students and new recruits but open to all NUJ members who want to know more about their union, its code of conduct and how it relates to the concepts of press freedom and media responsibility.

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.

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 Equality Trust is convening a one-day conference in central London on Wednesday 29 May to discuss how to make progress on winning equal pay in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Equal Pay Act 1970. Book your place on the trust’s website.

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

May Day celebrations, London: march against austerity and racism. Meet at Clerkenwell Green on 1 May at 12.00 and march to Trafalgar Square. Go to the organising committee's website for more details and list of speakers.

Comedy, cabaret & drama

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

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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