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In Remembrance of Lyra McKee: the NUJ mourned and celebrated the young journalist's life


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For anyone who wishes to pass on messages to the family of Lyra McKee or forward books of condolences, send them c/o Séamus Dooley, NUJ assistant general secretary, to either Headland House, 72 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB or Spencer House, 2nd Floor, Spencer Row, Dublin 1, DO1 R9 T8 and we will arrange a private presentation to the family. The NUJ intends to establish a legacy fund, in consultation with Lyra’s partner and family. For now, members can contribute to the GoFundMe page, established by NUJ colleagues. The fund will meet the expenses of the family and the balance will go towards the agreed bursary.  How the NUJ remembered Lyra.

Seamus Dooley, NUJ Irish Secretary, will lead the tributes to Lyra at a May Day rally in Belfast on Saturday 4 May. Assemble at St Anne's Cathedral at 11.00.  This is an opportunity for Dublin-based journalists to show solidarity with Northern colleagues. You can download the NUJ's Lyra McKee poster.

Amnesty International and the Queen’s Film Theatre are holding an event in Belfast to mark World Press Freedom Day, at 15.20 on Saturday 4 May, dedicated to Lyra, including a screening of A Private War, about war correspondents Marie Colvin and Paul Conroy. Speakers include Suzanne Breen, political editor of the Belfast Telegraph, photojournalist Kevin Cooper and Amnesty International’s Patrick Corrigan. Book your tickets online.

Standup For Journalism: with help from the Bright Club academic network, the Standup For Journalism pilot on Wednesday 8 May will train people who work in journalism to tell jokes, ending with a live performance. Find out more on the Eventbrite website. Money raised from ticket sales will go to the Lyra McKee memorial crowdfund.


NUJ Women in Photography: the 2018 report, The State of News Photography, found almost 70 per cent of women photographers faced discrimination in the workplace. This Photographers’ Council event on Wednesday 19 June, in London, will look at the barriers facing women and how the union can support women photographers and videographers and stop the disproportionate number leaving the industry.This event is open to allthose who have an interest in seeking solutions to address these barriers. Find out more and reserve your place here.

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 open to all members, but is mainly for newer recruits, and sets out how the NUJ works, focusing on press freedom and our code of conduct. Speakers include: Barry McCall, former NUJ president, NEC member, chair of Dublin P&PR and Dublin Freelance branch; Betty Purcell, RTE producer, former human rights commissioner and author of Inside RTE; and Roisin Boyd, former Spare Rib, RTE journalist/broadcaster. Find out more and book your free place on the Eventbrite website.

Byline Festival: dance, discuss, laugh and change the world, the Byline Festival takes place at Pippingford Park, Nutley, East Sussex TN22 3HW from 23-26 August. There will be talks, workshops, comedy, poetry and music with a stellar line-up promoting independent journalism and free speech. Find out more on the festival website.

Srećko Horvat: the radical philosopher is speaking at the Centre for Investigative Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London, to argue for the value of a genuinely subversive journalism and a fresh kind of radical internationalism on Wednesday 15 May. Find out more on the CiJ website.

For Freelances

Negotiation for Freelances: this Federation of Entertainment Unions workshop on Wednesday 29 May in London will show you how to negotiate day rates or packages of work. Find out more on the FEU website.

How to make money as a freelance specialist: speakers at the London Freelance Branch meeting on Monday 11 May are specialist writers in travel, science and cycling. 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; 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.

Introduction to data in journalism:
this one-day course organised by London Freelance Branch on Friday 17 May covers topics including: understanding data and risk; assessing data quality; surveys; data sources such as government and open data; freedom of information; combining and manipulating data; and graphing. Find out more 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.

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.

Training, workshops & webinars

The NUJ provides high-quality, free training for reps, a crucial factor in building effective union representation for members. Reps’ courses in May in London: 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: how to run a crowdfunding campaign and digital marketing to 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: PR & communications; travel writing; and subbing. 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.

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.

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