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#StopMediaSexism

Do you think there’s a problem of sexism in the media?  You can call it out here.

Have you been subjected to sexism or harassment in your job as a journalist?

You’ve maybe been told to present a story in a certain way, an inappropriate headline has been added, or your material has been edited changing the emphasis.
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Writing to end violence against women

NUJ Scotland was proud to support Zero Tolerance’s Write to End Violence Against Women awards for the fifth year running. The awards were held on 7 December at the Scottish Parliament.

Zero Tolerance has also launched guidelines on reporting domestic abuse in advance of new legislation to tackle the problem of violence against women.

The new laws, once implemented, will mean that police will be able to act where there is a course of abusive behaviour, whether it is physical, mental or psychological, and it will include coercive control.

NUJ Scotland assisted with the guidelines and material from a post on our webpage by journalist Dani Garavelli – Time to end clumsy coverage of violence against women – was quoted in the guidelines.

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Freedom of Information, Factchecking & Feminism Workshop

A women-only workshop on freedom of information, fact-checking and feminism is being held by NUJ Scotland in partnership with The Ferret and Women in Journalism Scotland to equip more women to submit FOI requests and carry out factchecks. Continue reading


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Writers in Digital Times reads well

The NUJ office in Scotland recently held an event to mark Book Week Scotland.

Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.

Sponsored by Digital Unions, Scottish Union Learning, and Scottish Book Trust, Writers in Digital Times brought together a number of authors to discuss their books and the writing and publishing process.

Attendees heard from Alex Gordon, Catherine Deveney, Deedee Cuddihy, Maggie Ritchie and Mark Fisher. Continue reading


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Paul Holleran: the end of an era

It’s the end of an era for the NUJ in Scotland with the departure of Scottish national organiser Paul Holleran.

After more than 20 years at the helm, Paul is going home to Liverpool to take up a fresh challenge playing a major role in health and safety training with the GMB.

Pictures by Mark Shields

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NUJ welcomes college course reversal decision

Journalism students at Fife College are celebrating after the college reversed its decision to end its practical journalism course following pressure from the NUJ.

A statement from the college said that students currently enrolled on the HNC would be allowed to enrol for the HND in order to complete the necessary NCTJ qualifications.

Dominic Bascombe, NUJ Scotland organiser said:

“We welcome the decision by Fife College to allow these students and others to enrol on the HND practical journalism course. This is the right decision and will help students as they develop a firm start to their journalism career. We do hope that the course will continue in the future. Amidst all of the changes in our industry it is important that courses like this continue.” Continue reading


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Online abuse of women journalists is a major threat to free speech and democracy

By Fiona Davidson, project worker, A Stronger Voice for Women in the Media

Women journalists are no strangers to violence – in the newsroom, on the front line and in cyberspace.  In fact online abuse is a growing problem for journalists and the nature directed at women is particularly vile, insidious and threatening.

However cyberbullying of women journalists is not merely a gender issue.  It is silencing women at a time when women in the media need to be heard.  And if it means journalists are avoiding certain stories, that is a major problem for free speech and democracy.

Violence is not part of the job
World Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was on 25 November, marking the start of 16 days of activism. Continue reading