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Friday 28 June

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The National Union of Journalists has been giving evidence in a judicial review of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. The union maintains there is inadequate protection for journalists, their equipment, materials and sources.

The NUJ’s motions on gender pay and surveillance were adopted by the Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Tunis. Congress report.

The union wrote to the British Basketball Federation objecting to it forcing photographers to provide their images and footage without payment to gain access to cover events.

Ay┼če Düzkan, the jailed journalist "adopted" by the NUJ, has been released from Bakirkoy prison in Istanbul. Read more on the NUJ website.


Keep local radio news local: in terms of ratings and revenue commercial radio is booming, but owing to Ofcom’s deregulation of FM licence conditions, Global, which owns Capital, Heart and Smooth, is axing local breakfast and drive-time shows. Studios will close in towns and cities from Kent to Kendal, and more than 100 presenters, producers, journalists, engineers and other staff face losing their jobs. Come and have your say at a meeting in Committee Room 12 in the House of Commons at 18.00 on Tuesday 2 July with the Federation of Entertainment Unions and speakers including John Grogan MP, Kevin Brennan MP (shadow DCMS minister), Martin Campbell (former adviser to OfCom), Frances Rafferty (NUJ), and David John (Equity) Find out more on the NUJ website

Scottish Media Freedom Summit: how can we defend media freedom? How can we protect journalists, media workers, cartoonists, photographers and publications from threats to silence them? Join the NUJ, Scottish PEN, the Saltire Society and the University of Edinburgh Law School at this free, full-day conference in Edinburgh on Friday 19 July to explore modern press freedom and the threats we face. Find out more and how to book 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.

PR and Communications branch summer social: there will be a short branch meeting on Wednesday 10 July in the Chapel bar at 17.30 followed by a get-together, with the first drink on the chapel. It will be a great chance to meet other professionals in the world of PR. Email branch secretary Natasha Wright if you would like to attend.

NUJ London Freelance new members’ meeting: find out more with a face-to-face meeting with fellow LFB members and with freelance branch officers who can listen to your specific questions - and hopefully answer some of them - and give you tips on negotiating a freelance career on Thursday 25 July. Find out more on the NUJ website.

Association of Brtish Writers' 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 open.

Training, workshops & webinars

The NUJ provides high-quality, free training for reps, a crucial factor in building effective union representation for members. Courses in July in London: NUJ Reps Stage 2, NUJ Reps Stage 3 and Health & Safety stage 1. Full diary of courses on the NUJ website. Any queries, email

NUJ Training Scotland offers online modules and subsidised courses including: 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 include 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 in London including how to: market your work online; get your book published and use  MailChimp for emails, newsletters and mailing lists. And in Bristol, how to run a crowdfunding campaign on 18 July. For more details and to book your place, go to the FEU website.

End sexual harassment at work

Half of all women have been sexually harassed at work, as have two in every three LGBT workers. There is no legal duty on employers to act to prevent this from happening.

Please sign this TUC petition to Penny Mordaunt, minister for women and equalities, which demands a new, easily enforceable legal duty requiring employers to take all reasonable steps to protect workers from sexual harassment and victimisation.

Pride events

Find out more and take part in the:

London Black Pride is asking for volunteers. Find out more on the website or email

Climate change & the unions

In September the Labour Research Department (LRD) will publish a new negotiators’ guide to climate change and the environment.

The LRD is gathering information about union activity in this area, for example:

  • Union policy documents and motions
  • Campaigns – including joint campaigns with other organisations such as environmental campaign groups.
  • Information, advice, guidance and support for members and reps – including the details of any training courses.
  • Whether the union has green or environmental reps and details of union support for these reps.
  • Examples of collective bargaining agreements at national, sectoral or workplace level

If you have any relevant activity to feed into the guidance then send it to Andrea Oates by Friday 19 July.

NUJ democracy

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

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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