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NUJ Active
January 2020

Dear member,

Happy New Year!

Why don't you consider becoming an NUJ rep this year? The union offers loads of support and training. It can be very rewarding and will furnish you with useful skills, such as negotiating with management and playing a leadership role. The union also offers lots of opportunities for professional training and NUJ Active, our twice-monthly newsletter, brings together all training news and events.

Training opportunites for 2020

© nuj Reps' training

Reps’ training 2020

Putting together a pay claim, dealing with a bullying manager, creating an active chapel, negotiating a robust house agreement and boosting freelance rates are among the skills of a successful rep. They are the bedrock of the union and the NUJ offers full support and free training to help them in their role, recruit more members to lighten the load and provide a collective voice for staff, casuals and freelances working in media, publishing and PR and communications.  NUJ training page.

Recruitment materials

The union has a range of posters to put up in your office and use in chapel/branch campaigns on pay, equal pay, ethical journalism, press freedom, journalists’ rights, having a collective voice and the union’s role in networking and connecting members. They can be downloaded as posters and jpgs and are also in Welsh.

Have a look at our new range of coasters which are great to give a presence of the union in the office – as well as somewhere to put your hot drink.

Go to the NUJ website for the full range of materials. Contact if you need help or copies.

Your campaigns

If your chapel/branch is doing interesting work or running impressive recruitment campaigns let us know so we can share good practice or feature your campaign or recruitment work in NUJ Informed. If you need materials or help with a campaign strategy, email

NUJ Training Scotland

NUJ Training Scotland offers a range of practical, hands-on professional courses tutored by experts in the industry with a wealth of experience in journalism, PR and digital media. Upcoming courses include: television production; defamation; film editing; and collaborative leadership. Find out more on the website calendar.

NUJ Training Wales

NUJ Training Wales continues with its practical, subsidised courses until March 2020 thanks to Welsh Government funding. Courses can cost as little as £25 a day. Upcoming courses include: strategic communications; data journalism; and mentoring and coaching. The website also hosts a huge range of online modules to help with your professional development.

Professional workshops & webinars

New dates for NUJ training for new freelances and would-be freelances. Lots of tips and practical advice. First steps in Freelancing will take place on Friday 1 May and Friday 23 October and Winning and negotiating freelance work will take place on Friday 15 May and Friday 6 November. More details on the website.

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 free training webinars, workshops and online resources for the professional creative freelance. You can find out how to: vlog, film, edit and upload short videos to YouTube in Birmingham on Wednesday 22 January; run a crowdfunding campaign in London on Friday 24 January; and understand the principles of marketing your work online in Bristol on Thursday 30 January.

Book your place on the webinar on developing assertiveness at 11.00 on Tuesday 21 January.

TUC education

TUC education is a one-stop-shop for reps’ training. It runs practical courses and has a bank of useful eLearning modules to help reps keep up to date on key workplace issues.

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