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Scottish Student Journalism Awards 2017

NUJ Scotland was proud to sponsor two awards at the Scottish Student Journalism awards 2017.

NUJ Column of the Year was won by Amy Maguire of Glasgow Clyde College and the NUJ Ian Bell Memorial award for Student Journalist of the Year was won by Jonathan Rimmer of Glasgow Caledonian University.

Congratulations to all of the participants!

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Future of Newspapers and the Importance of Local News conference

On 31 March 2017, the NUJ in Scotland organised a day conference on The Future of Newspapers and the Importance of Local News.

Held at The Hub in Edinburgh, the day brought together politicians, academics, journalists, broadcasters and others interested in the media to discuss the challenges facing the industry and put forward ways to improve engagement in local media.

Speakers included US academic, Robert McChesney, from Illinois University, a leading author on the media who has proposed a Citizenship News Voucher scheme;  Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Sport and External Affairs; and Ian Stewart, Editorial Director at Scotsman Publications. Scottish Organiser Paul Holleran led discussions around McChesney’s proposal to introduce a ‘voucher style system’ for the public to buy newspapers, and welcomed Ms Hyslop’s commitment by the Scottish Government to work with the NUJ in Scotland on investing in journalism. Continue reading

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Women of Colour, the Media and (Mis)Representation

The challenges and opportunities facing women of colour in the media was discussed at a panel event hosted by the National Union of Journalists Scottish office recently as part of Black History Month.

Panellists explored the gender disparities commonly inhibiting the visibility of black women in the British media as well as discussed ways to address them. Continue reading

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Scotland: Women of Colour, the Media & (Mis)Representation

Thursday 6 October 2016- 18.00 

Robertson House, 152 Bath Street, Glasgow


Panellists will examine the gender disparities, challenges and opportunities for making women  of colour more visible and powerful in media.

The panellists will discuss the representation of women and women of colour in newspapers, online-only news, TV, radio, social media, video games, film and television, sports news, newsmakers and corporate/technology leadership.

The event will be introduced and chaired by Layla-Roxanne Hill who sits on the NUJ Black Members’ Council and Scottish Executive Council.

Speakers are: Samantha Asumadu a filmmaker, campaigner, former journalist and founder of Media Diversified and the Media Diversified Experts Directory. She is also co-founder of the Bare Lit Festival.

Francesca Sobande, a Marketing PhD Candidate at the University of Dundee. Francesca’s work explores the media spectator experiences of Black women, including their engagement with on screen images of Black women.

Briana Pegado, Director and Founder of Edinburgh Student Arts Festival.

Our intention is to provide a space for informed dialogue concerning some of the contemporary issues our young women of colour face in and out of the media.

We hope participants will come away not only being enlightened, but also finding support, suggestions and solutions as they seek to create spaces for themselves in the media.

The event is free to attend but advance booking is required. Contact Dominic Bascombe to reserve your place today.


Further details and contact information

Dominic Bascombe
Telephone: 01412486648

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Google News labs and training for members

Google News labs and training

Technology changes fast, and being aware of and keeping up with those changes can be tough as a freelance. The NUJ freelance industrial council is aware that freelancers can often miss out on the skills that can assist their work and enable them to deliver it to the high level that staffers are routinely receiving. Continue reading

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Trade union reps and H&S training

New 2016/2017 dates have been added for trade union reps and Health and Safety training in the Glasgow office of the NUJ.

The NUJ is committed to providing high-quality training for its reps, a crucial factor in building effective union representation on behalf of members.

The NUJ offers a range of practical trade union training courses – all free to members.

All representatives, experienced and new, are encouraged to get trained, enabling the union to increase its effectiveness within the industry for the benefit of all members.

If you are a workplace rep and would like to participate please contact