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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.

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World Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was on 25 November, marking the start of 16 days of activism. Continue reading


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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