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Training alert

Podcasting, working safely, YouTube, cashflow, graphics...

WHEN IT'S tough to get work in lockdown, it makes sense to learn new skills. So here's a glimpse of what's on offer.

Hamish Brown is running his sell-out day-long podcasting course for London Freelance Branch again on 25 February.

Podcasting - An Introduction to Audio Recording and Editing for Journalists will again be delivered by Zoom - equipping students to capture good quality audio recording using freely available software.

It runs from 10am to 4.30pm, costs £30 and there are spaces for up to ten people. Participants will record their own podcast and receive expert feedback and technical tips throughout the day plus links to resources to take away.

To attend, you'll need:

  • A computer with webcam and running Zoom video conferencing software.
  • An audio recorder (Zoom, Olympus, Tascam) or phone capable of transferring recordings to your computer.
  • A pair of headphones.

For more details and to book a place visit

LFB is additionally hosting three NUJ professional training webinars on Working Safely Through the Pandemic, free to NUJ freelances. These are on 21 January, 28 January and 11 February, all of which are Thursdays. Details are here.

Meanwhile, training sessions are on offer to NUJ members for free from the Federation of Entertainment Unions (FEU) if space allows. To book, you must first sign up to FEU Training.

Forthcoming FEU courses include Maximise the potential of YouTube (3 February), Stay connected online (webinar, 28 January), Cash flow freelances (26 January), Mobile video kickstarter (13 January) and Get creative with graphics (19 January). Details are here.

UnionLearn, which funds FEU courses for NUJ members, is under threat. Please consider signing a petition to save it.

Happy learning… Just watch out for Zoom fatigue.(Issues around Zoom fatigue are covered in the Work Safely Through the Pandemic webinar, see above.)