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Friday 4 October

Vacancy: project worker, based in the NUJ’s Glasgow office

The National Union of Journalists is seeking a part-time freelance project worker for a six-month funded position. Consulting with the Scottish organiser and training manager, based at the NUJ’s Scottish office in Glasgow, the project worker will be responsible for the development and integration of the Digital Interactive Leadership & Organising Network project. The project will reach employers, freelance members and trade union officials through training, mentoring and a digital network. Deadline for applications: noon Monday 14 October. Find out more on the NUJ website.

Training, workshops & webinars

Journalists' legal update: the laws affecting journalism change all the time. Privacy, defamation, contempt and data protection have all evolved in recent years. Fail to keep up and you could find yourself in hot water. This two-hour catch up session in London on Tuesday 8 October with legal expert David Banks is designed to keep journalists on top of the law. Book your place online

Podcasting for profit and pleasure: learn how to capture gripping audio content with inexpensive technology. Lily Ames has podcasted for the BBC, The Guardian, and Audible. Join her to learn how to create content as compelling as it is lucrative in a London workshop on Tuesday 22 October. Book your place online

Copywriting and banded content creation pays two or three times more than conventional journalism and there is near-insatiable demand for skilled practitioners. Join Eugene Costello on this workshop in London on Tuesday 29 October to learn how to delight clients and what it takes to command truly stellar day rates. Book your place online

Using 'social' to sell your story: join Robert Warren (10 years in commercial social media management) at the NUJ's London office on Wednesday 30 October to learn what analytics reveal, why they should shape your storytelling, and how to build social audiences to give your work real impact. Book your place online.

Mental wellness in the workplace: the NUJ is holding a half-day seminar on mental health at work in Galway on Saturday 19 October. Go to the NUJ website for list of speakers. Book your place by emailing

Be more confident in your work, ask for more money and deal with tricky situations. This workshop led by NUJ reps’ programme trainer Caroline Holmes will provide tips and strategies to approach conversations in work situations, including dealing with unfair or sexist behaviour. Book your place online.

The NUJ provides free reps’ training. Find out about upcoming courses and the full reps’ training diary. There are few places left on the one-day Organising and Recruitment workshop on Tuesday 5 November which looks at strategies to recruit and encourage the participation of members in chapel and branch work. Find out more on the NUJ website.

NUJ Training Scotland offers classroom-based courses by tutors who are all industry practitioners with a wealth of experience of journalism, PR, and digital media for print, video and the web. Upcoming courses include TV reporting, feature writing, Scots journalism law, Adobe Photoshop and scriptwriting. Find out more on the course calendar.

NUJ Training Wales provides practical, subsidised courses taught by industry professionals and funded by the Welsh Government. This autumn’s courses include mentoring and coaching; first aid; and strategic communications.

As an NUJ member based in England, you are eligible to take part in the Federation of Entertainment Unions training programme for creative freelances. The project is funded by the government’s union learning fund. It provides free workshops, webinars, on-line courses and advice and guidance documents. Upcoming free workshops in London include Diversify your portfolio to find out how to  transfer your skills to create other areas of work and market yourself and Pitching your work to improve your negotiating skills and sell your ideas. In Birmingham, Digital marketing for creative professionals in Bristol How not to be skint! (Cash flow for freelances) and in Manchester How to create a podcast.

The Campaign for Freedom of Information is running a training course on how to make an effective FOI request in London on Thursday 17 October. Find out more and how to book your place on the CFOI website.

Investigative journalism: the Centre for Investigative Journalism, in association with the Civic Journalism Lab at Newcastle University, will hold a one-day conference at Newcastle University on Saturday 9 November, featuring talks from investigative journalists, plus hands-on training. For more information visit the CIJ 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, called 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 on how to win new work and negotiate its terms. Find out more and book your place on the NUJ website.

London Freelance Branch’s meeting on Monday 14 October includes discussions on photo-editing and how to get your images to the top of the lightbox with metadata, plus a Q&A on other issues, including copyright. Among the speakers will be Helen Healy, picture editor of the Financial Times.

NUJ London Freelance new members’ meeting: join fellow LFB members and freelance branch officers on Thursday 31 October for a friendly coffee and useful career-changing tips. Find out more on the NUJ website.


Undercover policing & trade unions conference: by bringing together activists and campaigners, this event will strengthen the campaign to ensure the Undercover Policing Inquiry exposes the truth of undercover political policing and strengthens our struggle for justice and the protection of human rights. Register your free place here.

Find out the nearest free screening of Under the Knife near you, from October 14-19. The 90-minute documentary is about the covert dismantling of the NHS. It tells a story of greed, deception and how a law was passed, without public debate, that would transform the NHS into an American type of health service open to the highest bidder.

Steve Richards in Conversation with Michael Cockerell: the Media Society is bringing together political journalist Steve Richards and respected political documentary maker and author Michael Cockerell (Boris Johnson: the irresistible rise, The Great Offices of State) in conversation at the Groucho Club in London on Monday 11 November. Book your ticket

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