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The Byline Festival will be a heady mix of new journalism, skills workshops and impassioned debates, infused with Glastonbury vibes, promises organiser Peter Jukes. It is to be held in a Sussex country park over the weekend 2 - 4 June: Jukes plans to attract up to 6000 journalists, movie makers and artists to share ideas, engage in conversations and enjoy live performances.

Byline Festival has partnered with the NUJ to offer union members admission to the event at £75 - half the usual price of £150 - for the weekend (including camping). Enter the offer code NUJBYFEST at, to obtain the discount. (Buy a ticket as normal, enter the above in the "promo code" box at the checkout to get the NUJ member discount.)

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"For all that ails the media today, there is more journalism being produced than at any other time", says Jukes, who achieved fame live tweeting the News International hacking trial (see the July 2015 Freelance). "We want to bring together as many practitioners as possible to swap initiatives and learn from each other".

An impressive line up including Heather Brooke, Bea Campbell, John Cleese, James Doleman, Laurie Flynn, Bonnie Greer, David Henke, Luke Harding, Lenny Henry, A L Kennedy, Hardeep Singh Kholi, Catherine Mayer, Jack Monroe, Rowan Pelling and Tom Watson MP are already confirmed, with more names being added daily.