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Cyberbullying the Media Survey

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Cyberbullying has become an increasing and seriously concerning problem for journalists who are being targeted for simply doing their job.

The NUJ in Scotland in conjunction with the University of Strathclyde is conducting a pilot study into the scale of the problem of Cyberbullying the Media with a view to carrying out further research.

The aim of the survey through a short questionnaire is to gain an indication of the scale of the problem of Cyberbullying the Media, the impact on members, the need for support mechanisms for journalists affected and their effectiveness where they are already in place.

If you have been bullied as a result of carrying out your professional duties as a journalist, we would be grateful if you would complete the surveymonkey questionnaire on an anonymous basis. If you would like to discuss your experiences in confidence, contact Paul Holleran at NUJ Scotland on 0141 248 6648 or email

Journalists covering particular stories or giving commentary or opinion have been subjected to cyberbullying. the type of stories covered have included news and current affairs, politics and support and have resulted in journalists being subjected to sexist, racist, religious and sectarian abuse and threats of harm to themselves and/or their families.

The recent coverage of the Scottish Independence Referendum, reporting of the many stages in the Rangers saga and coverage of football, including both sides of the “Old Firm” and many other teams/clubs have led to journalists being bullied online. These are recent examples. There may be other types of incidents and if you are aware of any please bring them to our attention.

The Oxford Dictionary definition of cyberbullying is “The use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature”.

The most common methods of cyberbullying are through social media networks such as Twitter and via comments sections to online articles. Other methods include films and voice recordings broadcast on the internet. Often the perpetrator hides under a cloak of anonymity.

The survey is available at the following link and should only take a few minutes to complete:-

Many thanks for your assistance.


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