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Friday 14 May

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The union welcomed the decision by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and Durham Constabulary to drop their investigation into Belfast journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey. Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “There was never any justification for their arrest." The union has called for an inquiry. Read Seamus Dooley’s account of the affair.

On Monday the union will be in court challenging the Snooper's Charter.

The NUJ won an important tribunal victory on behalf of a freelance member, who was awarded £8,360, over his right to holiday pay. Find out more on the NUJ website.

The  NUJ responded to the BBC's decision on TV licences for the over-75s and on the UK Women and Equalities Committee's report calling for an end to "gagging clauses" in harassment at work cases.

The NUJ has been in Tunis this week at the IFJ Congress.

Report from NUJ delegates to the TUC Disabled Workers’ conference.

Our FEU statement about job losses and cuts to local news in commercial radio stations owned by Global has been taken up by an EDM  (2442) put down by John Grogan MP which has cross-party support. Please ask your MP to sign it.


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.

#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.

North Wales Coast branch summer party: come along to the branch meeting and social on Thursday 18 July at the Conwy Suite, Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay LL29 7SP. Find out more on the NUJ website.

Screening of Jeremy Deller's The Battle of Orgreave: the film will be shown in London on Friday 14 June to mark the 35th anniversary of the miners' strike and will be introduced by a panel of trade unionists and Gary Ironmonger, former Orgreave strike miner. For more information go to the Eventbrite website.

Freelance Salon, Cardiff: the theme is Specialise or Diversify. The venue is
Clayton Hotel. St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1GD. Put Saturday 12 October in your diary, more information to follow. Check on the NUJWales Training website.


Have your say

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 practices 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. Send your ideas to

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

NUJ democracy

The latest vacancies for NUJ's councils and committees are now on the NUJ website. The closing date for nominations is close of business Monday 29 July.

Training, workshops & webinars

The NUJ provides high-quality, free training for reps, a crucial factor in building effective union representation for members. Full diary of courses on the NUJ website. Sign up now for health & safety stage 1 on Tuesday 16 July in London.

NUJ Training Scotland offers subsidised courses including: defamation on Friday 28 June in Galashiels; subbing/handling text on Wednesday 3 July and feature writing &pitching on Thursday 11 July in Glasgow; and defamation, copyright & commissioning on Wednesday 10 July in Dundee. 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. Upcoming courses are on how to understand mental health conditions, how to make a podcast and shooting film on your iPhone/Pad. 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 training webinars and free workshops, including how to: run a social media campaign; use your mobile device (Android or iPhone/iPad)  to create high-quality video; drive traffic to your website; market your work online; and get your book published. For more details and to book your place, go to the FEU 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.

ABSW Science & Technology Journalism Summer School is taking place on Monday 8 July at University College London for students, early career journalists, and freelancers with an interest in science and technology beats. Full programme is now online and the registration is open.

Journalist Fellowship Summer School: the Reuters Institute five-day summer school on 2-6 September is designed to help journalists understand the challenges they face in an ever-changing media landscape and boost their career. Applications now open.

Leaveism (nothing to do with Brexit!)

Please take part in this Heriot Watt university study of employees using time off to catch up on work, taking work home that couldn't be completed in work time or working while on leave/holiday, by completing this confidential survey.

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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