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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


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NUJ Black History Month event

Black History Month in the UK is marked annually during the month of October. The NUJ in Scotland is proud to be a part of Glasgow’s Black History Month events.

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This year, the NUJ in Scotland will host: ‘Who tells/sells your story’.

The National Union of Journalists has a proud track-record of challenging inequality wherever it is found. Marginalised groups often have their stories told for them and not by themselves. This media literacy event will enable participants to better understand media culture and the messages we receive via media channels. Attendees will be empowered to harness their personal narrative and have the confidence and skills to get their issues and views heard through a range of platforms and channels within the mainstream and alternative media. Continue reading


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Local newspapers can be a lifeline for women, says Scottish Women’s Convention @SWCwomen

As more and more local newspapers cease publishing, shed jobs and move out of the communities they serve, Evelyn Fraser, development manager of the Scottish Women’s Convention, writes about the importance of local newspapers, especially for women.  She was invited to do so by NUJ Scotland as part of the Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project.  The aim of the project is to improve representation of women working in the media and how women are represented by the media.

Is there any need to have printed local newspapers?  Absolutely, says Evelyn Fraser, development manager of the Scottish Women’s Convention.

Women have commented on the importance of local media, particularly in rural Scotland where communities are small and information hard to come by.

Some might say –

We live in a digital society.”

But what about poor or expensive broadband?

“There are public buildings which provide free access to online information.”

But many of them are closing down; or have limited access; or are two bus journeys away. Continue reading


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NUJ Scotland welcomes Engender’s Gender Matters Roadmap and call for end to sexism in the media #ScotFemFuture #NUJ

NUJ Scotland welcomes Engender’s Gender Matters Roadmap for Scotland and its work tackling the impact of sexism on all women regardless of ability, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or background.

“The media has an important role to play in shaping public attitudes and is hugely influential in maintaining stereotypical views about women,” said Fiona Davidson, women’s project worker, with NUJ Scotland, a project to improve the representation of women working in the media and how women are portrayed by the media.

“The public’s stereotypical attitudes about gender roles are often perpetuated and reinforced by the media.  This is particularly blatant when it comes to reporting violence against women and the prevalence of ‘victim blaming’. Continue reading


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New Writing Award Launched in Memory of Ian Bell

The National Union of Journalists Edinburgh Branch and Ian Bell’s family  have launched a new award to commemorate Ian Bell, the radical journalist and author who died in December 2015.

Ian was a member of the NUJ branch.Ed branch ian bell prize

The prize is for an unpublished piece of 1,500-2,000 words in the critical style of Ian Bell, written in a style – taut, provocative but thoughtful – suitable for online and newspaper publication. The subject can be drawn from politics, culture, modern society, history, international affairs, Scotland, or related topics, and can be investigative reporting or informed commentary.

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