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Journalists working for UK-based broadcasters Iran International and the BBC Persian Service have been subjected to new threats by the Iranian authorities. Journalists’ family members living in Iran have also been threatened and harassed as a result of their family connection to reporters based in the UK. 'Cruel and inhumane' treatment must stop, insists NUJ

Journalists at Newsquest’s Glasgow-based titles are being balloted on industrial action. The ballot began this week and closes on 9 December. The ballot will cover editorial staff at The Herald, The Herald on Sunday, the Evening Times, The National and the Sunday National. Newsquest Glasgow ballot for industrial action

The NUJ has unfortunately become accustomed to Newsquest wielding the axe on jobs and quality local journalism just before Christmas. The NUJ has reacted to new cuts to local newspapers in Cumbria and Darlington this week. Union condemns Newsquest's Christmas cuts

The NUJ has launched a new campaign aimed at securing Irish government support for RTÉ and the campaign is supported by sister unions SIPTU, Connect and by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Save RTÉ campaign launched 

The owner of the Daily Mail has snapped up the i newspaper and the NUJ chapel said it welcomed any investment that "secures the future of high-quality journalism". Daily Mail owner buys i newspaper for £50m - City A.M.

NUJ members highlight the importance of press freedom in this short Huffington Post film. The Fight For Press Freedom 


Freedom of expression in Turkey is rapidly deteriorating. Independent media has been all but wiped out and at least 117 journalists are behind bars, making Turkey the biggest jailer of journalists in the world. On Saturday 30 November the writer Burhan Sönmez, investigative journalist Nurcan Baysal and lawyer Gökhan Ahiwill share experiences of being harassed and imprisoned for their work, and discuss how people in Turkey remain determined to speak out in the face of censorship. The event will be moderated by author, journalist, translator and chair of English PEN Maureen Freely. All proceeds from the event will support PEN International’s work defending freedom of expression. Doors will be open from 17.30 for a pre-event reception, the event costs £5 to attend and takes place at the Free Word centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA.


Sixty UK universities will be taking part in eight days of strike action from Monday 25 November to Wednesday 4 December. UCU members backed strike action in two separate legal disputes, one on pensions and one on pay and working conditions. Other trade union members have been asked to show solidarity in their local area. For more information please see the UCU website.

Heart unions

The TUC's Heart Unions week next year will take place on Monday 10 to Sunday 16 February. This is the 5th annual week of action aimed to showcase the vital work unions do in the workplace and society and promote recruitment to the NUJ. There will be a focus this year on tackling sexual harassment. A range of campaign materials will be produced in advance and the TUC will be holding a stand up for unions comedy night at Congress House on Thursday 13 February. Please put the dates in your diary now and start planning what you can do locally to recruit new members in your area.


The Orwell Society is inviting journalism students to apply for a special bursary of £3,000 to support them and help nurture their careers. The competition is open to students who in September/October 2020 will be continuing their undergraduate journalism course or moving from their final year on to a postgraduate journalism programme. All undergraduate and post-graduate students who are aiming to take up a job in journalism in September/October 2020 are also eligible to apply. The full terms and conditions for the competition (and deadline) can be obtained by emailing with 'bursary journalist' in the header.

The Bar Council legal reporting awards are now open. All entries must relate to public interest law and justice issues. The deadline for entries is Monday 2 December at 23:59. All submissions must be emailed to including name(s) of entrant(s), name of publication or broadcaster, and the titles of articles/broadcast pieces. Entries must have been published or broadcast between 10 September 2018 and 1 November 2019. Journalists may submit two entries per category and may enter either one or both categories. The two categories are 1) Print and online and 2) Broadcast (radio, television, podcasts). Articles which have appeared online only are also welcome. For more information visit the Bar Council website.  


The FEU has organised a series of training events, the first event is a workshop in Birmingham on Wednesday 11 December focused on negotiations for freelances. The workshop will offer tools and tips for planning, preparing and conducting effective negotiations in a business-like way. The second session is a workshop on how to write that book and get it published, taking place on Monday 16 December in London. This one-day workshop aims to provide a realistic idea of how to go about writing a first book, and how and where to sell it. The third session is a webinar focused on goal setting for 2020, it starts at 11.00 on Tuesday 17 December. The session aims to help participants get focused and start the new year with clarity and motivation to achieve individual goals in the short and longer term. For more information visit the FEU webinars webpage or the free workshops webpage.

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