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NUJ Active 18 October 2019


Amnesty International's Tower Hamlets group are showing the film No Stone Unturned on Sunday 20 October at the Cinema Museum in London. Doors open at 17.30, and the film starts at 18.30. Tickets cost £10 plus £1 booking fee, and funds raised go to Amnesty International UK. To book your place on the Cinema Museum website.

This month marks the first anniversary of the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist and human rights activist Jamal Khashoggi. Throughout the world events are taking place in his memory this month. On Monday 21 October, the NUJ will join with members of Amnesty International Ireland and the Army of Bees in hosting a vigil at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Dublin from 18.00. More information about the event is available on the NUJ website.

The London magazine branch has organised a meeting on how to address gender pay inequality. The event takes place on Monday 21 October at Headland House in London starting at 18.30 with speakers from the FT and BBC. More information is available on the NUJ website.  

The NUJ has teamed up with the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) to organise a free film screening of Disparity on Tuesday 22 October in London starting at 18.00. With inequality at unprecedented levels, reducing the appalling disparity between the rich and poor is arguably one of the most critical issues facing humankind today. Book your free place today by emailing: Watch the trailer on the NUJ website.

The workers of Brazil knew what was coming long before the rest of the country. A concerted assault on the labour movement and the rights of workers paved the way for the election as president of the far-right demagogue Jair Bolsonaro, he has used his position to rewrite the history of Brazil’s military dictatorship and to fuel hate crime. The trade union movement remains at the heart of the resistance, with 45 million workers striking in June. The TUC has organised a public meeting with guest speaker Antonio Lisboa, the international secretary of Brazil’s biggest trade who will talk about how workers and their allies are fighting not only for democracy, but "for civilisation". The event Fighting Bolsonaro will take place on Thursday 24 October starting at 17.30 at Congress House in London. Book your free place to attend via the Eventbrite website.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. It remains largely unreported. All women have the right to use public spaces both in the day and after dark without the fear of sexual harassment and assault. Join women around the world to mark the United Nations International Day to End Violence Against Women - and take back your night. The TUC have organised a Reclaim the Night march and rally on Saturday 23 November in Newcastle starting at 16.00 meeting at Old Eldon Square. Bring banners, flags, whistles, placards and make some noise! All welcome.

Fellowship and awards

In June 2018, NUJ members at the FT called on the company to establish a bursary in honour of their much missed colleague Maisie Hylton. The FT chapel are delighted the company has worked with Maisie's family to set up the Maisie Hylton Fellowship aimed at promoting diversity in employment opportunities at the FT and hope the scheme will be an enduring and valuable memorial to a great production journalist and trade unionist. This fellowship is only open to candidates from a BAME backgrounds. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 23 October. Applicants need to upload a cover letter, CV and any work published. More information is available on the Creative Access website.  

Aspiring young writers in Scotland are invited to enter an award competition in memory of the radical journalist and author Ian Bell. The NUJ's Edinburgh branch, of which Bell was a longstanding member, set up the award together with his family. The competition is aimed at young writers who have yet to break into professional journalism. Entries should be in the critical spirit of Ian Bell and written in a style – lively, taut, provocative but thoughtful – suitable for online and newspaper publication. Entrants should be aged 30 or under on 30 November 2019, and be living, working or studying in Scotland. The deadline is midnight on 30 November 2019. For more information about the award visit the NUJ website.

The Active Travel Academy’s inaugural media awards recognises excellent work by journalists and reporters covering issues around active transport and road safety. It’s open to any form of media, reporting in the UK. The organisers are focused on coverage that is fair, responsible and contributes to public understanding. Work produced over the last 18 months will be accepted and journalists are invited to submit their own work, or nominate colleagues’ work they feel is outstanding. The deadline for submissions is midnight on 3 November and more information is available on the University of Westminster website.


For 10 years, the Dublin freelance forum has included several sessions each covering a different topic, but this autumn they wanted to try something new, a one-day course - the freelancer's guide to success and profit. Whether you are a new or recent convert to the freelance life, or an old hand who wants to brush up their skills, this course is for you. It will provide practical advice on the business side of working as a freelance journalist. The event takes place on Monday 21 October, registration at 10.00 and the course ends at 16.30. The course costs €10 (tax-deductible) to NUJ members. More information about the event is available on the NUJ website.

The NUJ has organised training on podcasting for profit and pleasure. The event takes place on Tuesday 22 October starting at 19.00. The course costs £15 for NUJ members. More information and to book your place, visit the NUJ website.

NUJ training focused on winning and negotiating freelance work will take place in London on Friday 25 October starting at 10.30. This one-day course 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 terms. The course costs £70 for NUJ members. More information is available about the event on the NUJ website.

The NUJ has organised reps training on dealing with bullying, harassment and stress. The course is aimed at all reps who have completed the three-stage reps training programme and want support and guidance on dealing with specific health, safety and welfare issues. This two day course takes place on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 October starting at 9.30. More details about the event are available on the NUJ website

Copywriting and branded content creation pays two or three times more than conventional journalism and there is near insatiable demand for skilled practitioners. Attend the NUJ training course to find out more. The course costs £15 and will take place on Tuesday 29 October starting at 19:00. For more information and to book your place visit the NUJ website.

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