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Friday 17 May


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 all those seeking solutions to address these barriers. Find out more and reserve your place here.

Made in Manchester: independent media in the city. The Manchester independent media scene is thriving. But what does it look like? Where will it go next and how can we support it? Join NUJ Manchester & Salford for an evening of discussion and debate on Wednesday 29 May. Go to the NUJ website for more details and list of speakers.

#longestlunch: Friday 21 June is the longest day of the year and the NUJ is celebrating the summer solstice by urging all members to organise breaks outside offices and newsrooms. Find out more on the NUJ website.

Nightmare on Cyber Street: Peter York chairs this Media Society discussion on Monday 3 June at the Groucho Club on what has happened to the new kids on the digital block – Vice and BuzzFeed – with media analyst Claire Enders, former Guardian and Buzzfeed journalist James Ball and author Andrew Greenway. Find out more on the Eventbrite website.

Are you being served?

Structural review: the NUJ has a proud democratic tradition, but also recognises that the current structures are not working effectively. Our Delegate Meeting instructed the union to have a review of its practcies and is inviting members to initiate conversations on how the union organises itself internally and engages with its members. Find out more on the NUJ website. The deadline for submissions is Friday 21 June.

For Freelances

NUJ freelance survey: please help the union improve its service to freelance members by taking part in this 10-minute, confidential survey.

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.

Sign up to the FEU training webinar to help you keep motivated in your freelance career on Tuesday 11 June at 11.00.

London Freelance Branch meeting on Monday 10 June includes a discussion about the "fixers" who help journalists do their job. What ethical questions arise? Speakers include: Dr Dawood Azami, an award-winning broadcast journalist, BBC World Service multi-media editor and former BBC World Service editor and bureau chief in Kabul; and a speaker who has worked in Latin America. Find out more on the LFB website.

Training, workshops & webinars

TUC webinar on mental health: taking place on Wednesday 12 June from 14.00 to 15.00, this webinar gives practical tips and advice from Chris O’Sullivan, head of workplace mental health at the Mental Health Foundation. Find out more, plus other resources for union reps on mental health on the TUC website.

Deeper into data journalism: do you have some experience or training in data in journalism, but want to sharpen your skills with new ideas, sources and techniques? This new, one-day course on Friday 28 June is designed as a follow-up to London Freelance Branch’s introduction to data in journalism, Find out more on the NUJ website.

The NUJ provides high-quality, free training for reps, a crucial factor in building effective union representation for members. Full diary of courses. Sign up now for health & safety stage 1 on Thursday 18 July in London.

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, including how to promote your work through clear, targeted communications.  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.

Bursaries & scholarships

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.

City, University of London, has a range of scholarships for journalism students. Find out more on the university's website.

Wales TUC Women's Summer School

Would you like to find out more about what you can do as a union activist or workplace rep? Then join the free two-day Wales TUC Women’s Summer School, starting Thursday 4 July in Llanelli, which will give you the chance to build your skills, knowledge and confidence to get active in your union.Topics covered will include confidence building, negotiating skills and equality issues. You will also hear from inspiring women and most importantly have the chance to get to know other union women. Find out more on the TUC website.


Comedy, cabaret & drama

The Chapel Playhouse is 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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