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Friday 23 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.

Freelance opportunities

Finance for freelances: this free FEU workshop in London on Monday 16 September for NUJ members based in England will discuss the changes in tax for freelance professionals and help improve financial management and cash flow forecasting. Find out more and book your place on the FEU Training website.

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.


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.

The Video Consortium is a global creative community of today's top emerging nonfiction filmmakers and video journalists, with chapters in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Paris, Milan...and now London. Come along on Wednesday 4 September at 18.00 for great conversation with your fellow creatives, beautiful films, snacks, and drinks for the inaugural gathering hosted at the National Union of Journalists’ London office.  Find out more and book your place on the Eventbrite website.

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

Undercover policing & trade unions conference: this one-day event on Saturday 16 November at Greenwich University brings together trade unionists and groups opposing police surveillance to disseminate knowledge about the political secret police units and discuss the public inquiry into undercover policing. Find out more on the COPS 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.

Introduction to TV drama scriptwriting: 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.

Reps’ training
: for new dates for courses in London, Manchester, Cardiff and Dublin, go to the training diary on the NUJ website.

NUJ Training Scotland: courses this autumn include subbing and text handling; TV reporting; getting your book published; the effective freelance; feature writing & pitching; using Adobe photoshop, plus 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: use MailChimp to improve your business (Birmingham); and how to deal with career detours (London). Find out more and book your place on the FEU website.

Combatting the far right in Yorkshire: free, one-day courses for trade unionists in Leeds on Friday 20 September and Friday 18 October. Find out more on the TUC website.

Anti-racism ambassadors programme: free one-day courses for trade union reps and members on Tuesday 10 September and Tuesday 1 October in Newcastle uponTyne. Find out more on the TUC website.

TUC union reps survey

This survey is part of a major piece of research by the TUC into the role of union reps in the workplace.  Your response will help to shape the future of the TUC and help us to decide how we and our affiliate unions support reps in future. You should only complete the survey if you are a union rep. It will take you about 20 minutes to complete depending on your answers.  You can save and print your answers before you submit them at the end. Completing this survey will also enter you into a prize draw to win:

  • First prize: £500 TUI holiday gift card
  • Second prize: SONOS Smart wireless speaker
  • Third prize: Crosley Bluetooth Vinyl Record Player

Start the survey here

Award for Community News Project reporters

The NCTJ is launching an award to recognise the exceptional work done by reporters under the Community News Project banner. The partnership between the NCTJ, Facebook and regional publishers, the Community News Project was launched earlier this year. All shortlisted entrants will be invited to a gala dinner and ceremony on 28 November at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, where the winners will be announced. The deadline for entries is Friday 20 September at 17.00. Go to the NCTJ website to apply.

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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