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Friday 17 January


It's the Media, Stupid! Post-election policies for media reform: this Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (North) conference at Leeds Art Gallery on Saturday 8 February will discuss the media's role in the election. Central to this will be discussing policies for media reform which CPBF can adopt for its campaign and build up popular support. Full list of speakers and more information is on the NUJ website.

This year Heartunions week will take place from 10 to 16 February. It is a chance to tell others why unions are vital, showcase the work of reps and activists and encourage those who aren’t members to join. Put it on your branch/chapel agenda and plan your activities for the week. The campaigning theme for Heartunions 2020 is stamping out sexual harassment at work. If you need resources for your activities during the week, contact

Truth and Consequences: Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, and the future of investigative journalism: this Reuters Institute memorial lecture with Rebecca Corbett, of the New York Times, will be held at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, on Monday 2 March. Find out more and book your free ticket on the Eventbrite website.

Fellowships, awards & bursaries

The Lyra McKee journalism training bursary scheme is for people from backgrounds underrepresented in the UK media, who aspire to become journalists or who are journalists at the early stages of their career. It was inspired by Lyra's determination to become an investigative journalist despite personal disability, the need to care for her disabled mother and the bias against working-class entrants to the industry. The application deadline is Sunday 19 April. The bursary will support people who want to attend #CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference on 25-27 June in London, but cannot afford it. Find out more and apply on the CIJ website.

The Journalist Fellowship Programme at the Reuters Institute is one of the world’s leading schemes for practising, mid-career journalists to take some time out from their day jobs to explore journalism in depth. Most of the fellowships are fully-funded and include a stipend to cover living and travel costs. The deadline for the applications is Monday 3 February.  Find out more on the institute’s website.

Georgina Henry Award for Digital Innovation: Women in Journalism has announced its fifth annual journalism award in memory of the Guardian journalist, to be presented at the National Press Awards in April. The prizes (£4,000 in total) will be used to support an initiative by the applicant. The closing date for entries is Sunday 9 February. Find out more on the WIJ website.

Training, workshops & webinars

 The NUJ’s organising and recruitment workshop in London on Friday 7 February is for reps who want to develop membership engagement and activity in their branch or chapel. Book your free place now. All dates for reps’ training can be found on the NUJ website.

Are you a would-be or rookie freelance? These two courses, First steps in Freelancing, on Friday 1 May and Friday 23 October, and Winning and negotiating freelance work, on Friday 15 May and Friday 6 November, will give you all the tips and advice needed to make it a success. To find out more and book your place go to the NUJ website.

Women in Leadership: this course, offered by the TUC in the Midlands and north east, is for women trade union reps who want to develop their leadership positions in the trade union movement or build their CV skills to advance into leadership roles in their organisation or community. Go to the TUC website for new dates in April.

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: defamation; film editing; and collaborative leadership. Find out more on the website calendar.

NUJ Training Wales offers practical, subsidised courses until March 2020 thanks to Welsh government funding, and can cost as little as £25 a day. Upcoming courses include: surviving as a freelance and mentoring and coaching. The website also hosts a huge range of online modules to help with your professional development.

Sign on at the Federation of Entertainment Unions' training website and as a member of the NUJ working in England you will be able to take part in a range of free training webinars, workshops and have access to online resources. Upcoming courses include: Digital Marketing for Creative Professionals and Effective Communication in London. Book your place on the webinar on developing assertiveness at 11.00 on Tuesday 21 January.

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.

NUJ Disability Survey

The NUJ Disabled Members’ Council has launched its disability survey and encourages all members to read it. Please take a moment to complete the survey, if you are disabled, you live with an impairment or have chronic conditions. Closing date is Sunday 26 January. If you require the survey in an alternative format, please contact

Tax reminder

All members who became self-employed in tax year April 2018-April 2019 must send in their tax return online before 31 January or face an automatic three-figure fine. Those who are VAT-registered now need to do quarterly tax returns as well under the Making Tax Digital regime. Those who became self-employed in tax year 2018-2019 need to sort out a Government Gateway password to be able to submit their tax return online. Find out more on the London Freelance Branch website.


The Media Fund is a ground-breaking cooperative that finances independent media in the UK. Find out more. To get involved or make a donation, go to the fund’s website.

The International Federation of Journalists’ Safety Fund provides financial assistance in a range of emergency cases such as threats, violence, prosecution, exile and illness to media workers and their families. 

NUJ Extra is the union’s hardship fund. 

The George Viner Memorial Fund seeks to broaden the diversity of journalists working in the British and Irish media.  



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