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NUJ backs Fife campaign against journalism course cuts

The NUJ is giving its support to students at Fife College calling for the resumption of a journalism course there.

The HND (Higher National Diploma) practical journalism course at Fife College in Kirkcaldy has been targeted for closure by college bosses amidst claims of falling numbers. However a number of students currently enrolled on the HNC (Higher National Certificate) course are at risk of being unable to progress to the HND thus missing out on gaining NCTJ accreditation.

The college has said it plans to continue to offer the HNC but will discontinue the second year of the course and withdraw NCTJ exams for 2018-19. Continue reading

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NUJ sponsor best news article category in Write to End Violence Against Women Awards

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The NUJ is delighted to be sponsoring an award at this year’s Write to End Violence Against Women Awards.

The NUJ has been supporting the awards since their launch and this year, the fifth year, will be sponsoring the ‘Best Article – News’ category.

The union has been working to shine a light on the issue of women’s representation both by the media and in the media.

Violence against women is often in the news, especially now. It is on a spectrum ranging from victim blaming, locker room banter and sexist attitudes to violence, rape and murder.

Even apart from recent and current events, its prevalence in society makes it a ‘hot topic’ for reporters and its complex nature makes it an interesting issue for feature writers. However, the fact that violence against women is so complex can mean that even journalists with the best of intentions can misrepresent some of the issues and perpetuate myths that are harmful to women. Continue reading


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STUC women back NUJ campaign to stop media sexism

Delegates at the STUC women’s conference unanimously backed an NUJ motion to improve representation of women in the press and stop media sexism.

The motion calls on women and trade unionists to fight back and call out examples of poor treatment of women by the media and to press for responsible reporting standards demonstrating respect for women, eliminating objectification and sexualisation and focusing on their ideas, abilities and achievements rather than their appearance, personal life and how they dress.

The conference was held in Glenrothes, Fife from 30 to 31 October 2017.  Freelance journalist Claire Sawers of Edinburgh freelance branch moved the motion on behalf of the NUJ.

She said “We at the NUJ share the same frustrations as our sisters here. We find ourselves back, once again, talking about the various ways that our colleagues in the media continue to misrepresent women. Each of you will have examples, sometimes very recent ones, of ways that women are sexualised, blamed, humiliated and discriminated against.

“The problem doesn’t only apply to women being reported on in the media. It affects women employed in the media too. Continue reading


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Writers in digital times – write an e-book

Sign up and find out about e-publishing – and hear from journalists about their publishing successes covering fiction, funny facts, rock bands, sport and theatre.  Event date Thursday 30 November at Rhoderick Dhu’s, Glasgow.  Join us for drink, buffet & fun via Eventbrite

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Lots of journalists have an unpublished book in their head, but many have already published.  At this NUJ Scotland / Bookweek Scotland event we will hear about how to go about self-publishing for the digital age and hear from five journalists who have had various types of work published – Deedee Cuddihy, Catherine Deveney, Mark Fisher, Alex Gordon and Maggie Ritchie.  The NUJ Scotland event is sponsored by Bookweek Scotland and Scottish Union Learning’s Digital Inclusion Project. Refreshments and a buffet will be available. Continue reading


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Report on the STUC Black Workers Conference 2017

The annual STUC Black Workers Conference was held over the weekend of 7-8 October at the Golden Jubilee Hotel in Clydebank.

The precursor to the conference was the annual STUC Black History Month lecture delivered this year by Roger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary of UNISON.

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Educate, Agitate, Organise’ and brought together delegates from a range of trade unions.

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Dominic Bascombe speaking at conference. Pic: Diljeet Bhachu

The NUJ was heavily involved in the conference taking forward motions as well as presenting a workshop on the Saturday as part of the ‘Agitate’ section. Continue reading


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Women in Journalism Scotland launches Nicola Barry Award

Scotland’s new organisation for women in media has launched an award celebrating one of our country’s finest female writers.

The Nicola Barry Award, which aims to encourage the kind of brilliant reporting and campaigning journalism that the award-winning columnist and feature writer was known for, was launched by Barry’s husband, Alastair Murray, who made the announcement at Women in Journalism Scotland’s End-of-Summer Party in Glasgow.

The winner will receive a trophy, presented at the Scottish Press Awards dinner next spring. A WiJ Scotland member will be part of the judging panel. Continue reading


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Domestic abuse – no excuse for media to use poor photos with launch of survivor-inspired images

Scotland’s media has no excuse for using inappropriate images depicting domestic abuse with the launch of a collection of photos available for free use.

Domestic Abuse – The Reality, by Laura Dodsworth, commissioned by Scottish Womens Aid. Copyright Laura Dodsworth

Newspapers and broadcasters are often criticised for using images depicting physical violence with articles about domestic abuse, even though much of the abuse is not violent.  It can comprise bullying, controlling behaviour, intimidation, coercion, threats, psychological, emotional or financial abuse.

Now Scottish Women’s Aid and Zero Tolerance have launched a new creative project in collaboration with survivors to show the reality of domestic abuse. Continue reading