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Friday 13 August

Editor of the Journalist

The National Union of Journalists is inviting applications for the post of editor of the Journalist, the union’s journal for members. The Journalist gives members comprehensive news and features on the media, publishing and PR industries and the union's activities. The post is subject to election by ballot of the NUJ membership every five years. It is a part-time post of two days a week (fixed days by agreement), for a five-year contract, working for the union based at the NUJ’s head office in London or at one of the NUJ’s other offices in Glasgow, Dublin or Manchester. Go to the NUJ website for the application form.



Owning A Collaborative Media: join The Ferret’s Summer Gathering on Saturday 31 August at the University of Stirling to discuss ways to improve media accountability and effectiveness and gain the skills needed to seek the facts. Find out more on the NUJ website.

Brighton & Sussex Branch summer social: If you are an NUJ member, or thinking of joining @NUJBrighton, come along on Thursday 22 August to The Fortune of War pub on Brighton seafront from 18.00-21.00.

Shafted:The Media, the Miners’ Strike and the Aftermath. Launch of the new edition edited by Granville Williams in Edinburgh at 18.00 on Tuesday 10 September. More details and to book your place, go to the Eventbrite website.

No Stone Unturned screening: hosted by the Amnesty International Tower Hamlets & Newham from 18.30-21.00 on Sunday 20 October 2019 at the Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, London SE11 4TH. Book your tickets.


First steps in freelancing: this one-day NUJ course on Friday 11 October, in London, for those who are thinking about going freelance or have recently done so, will provide practical advice on the first steps to gaining commissions, planning, money, tax, legal issues, copyright, licensing, marketing and pensions. Find out more and book your place on the NUJ website.

Specialise or Diversify? Come to the Freelance Salon Wales in Cardiff on Saturday 12 October and enjoy a day of professional and social networking, plus advice from experienced journalists in print, TV, radio and the web. Find out more and book your place on the NUJ website.

Freelance Forum, Dublin: there is a new format for this autumn’s forum, a one-day course on Monday 21 October, The freelancer's guide to success and profit. Find out more and how to book on the NUJ website. As there will be only half the number of usual places, make sure you book early.

Winning and negotiating freelance work: this one-day NUJ course on Friday 25 October, in London, for those who have recently gone freelance or want to brush up their skills, will provide ideas and practice on how to win new work and negotiate its terms. Find out more and book your place on the NUJ website.

NUJ London Freelance Branch new members’ meeting: discover more about the NUJ and its work with freelances at a friendly, social event in London on Thursday 31 October and meet NUJ colleagues who can offer advice and introduce you to fellow media workers. More details on the NUJ website.

Training, workshops & webinars

Welfare officer training: the trustees of NUJ Extra, the union's charity for members who have fallen on hard times, is providing a free workshop for welfare officers or would-be welfare officers in London on Friday 27 September. Find out more and book your place on the NUJ website. 

PR & Communications training: if you are looking to learn new skills or see if you are already on the right track towards a career in PR and communications, then this NUJ course on Friday 13 September is for you. Find out more on the NUJ website.

Introduction to TV drama scriptwriting: back by popular demand, this one-day course will help you take the germ of an idea from script to screen on Saturday 12 October. Find out more on the NUJ website.

NUJ training Reps' Stage 2, Glasgow: if you have completed Stage 1, then book your place on this course on Thursday 12 September to enhance your skills as a rep. Find out more on the NUJ website.  For all other reps' training, go to the training diary.

NUJ Training Scotland: Google workshop for journalists on Wednesday 28 August and subbing and text handling on Tuesday 3 September. Find out more on the Scottish training website or contact

NUJ Training Wales: courses on how to shoot and edit on an iPhone/Pad in Cardiff and Wrexham. 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 which will help you: learn strategies and tips to achieve your career goals; learn the key steps to become a successful blogger; manage your freelance finances to avoiding being skint.

TUC bitesize briefings, Newcastle: free half-day briefing seasons on menopause in the workplace, mental health awareness and personal safety at home and work. Find out more on the TUC website.

Student Journalist of the Year

Radio 4’s Today programme is looking for the UK’s best student journalist. The winner will be offered a paid position on the BBC News Journalism Trainee Scheme. Entrants will need to submit work they produced while in full or part-time education and published or broadcast in media aimed either solely or predominantly at a student audience during the academic year 2018-19. Entries close at 23:59 on 31 August. Apply here.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The Government Equalities Office is holding a public consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace to find out if the law tackling it needs to be changed. If you have experienced sexual harassment at work, or associated issues such as sex discrimination or have indirect experience of sexual harassment, for example supporting a colleague who has been harassed, then can you fill in this questionnaire.

Media workers and suicide

If you have had direct personal experience of mental health crises or suicidal feelings, cared for someone who has, supported colleagues or reported on suicide and other traumatic events and the impact that has on media workers, please take part in this survey. The questions have been developed with the support of the National Union of Journalists and the Centre for Mental Health.

Drones in TV news and current affairs

If you have used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in TV journalism, as a reporter, commissioner, editor, camera operator or producer, an NUJ academic would like to hear from you. Your comments would be used for a research project into the use and abuse of drones in TV news and current affairs and their affect on the viewer's experience. The findings will be presented at this conference in Sweden and later for publication in the Media and Communication journal. Please contact Catherine Adams at

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. This month there are lots of shows from the Camden Fringe.

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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