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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.

DB speaking at STUC BWC 2017

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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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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Pic: CRER

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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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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Video: STUC award for NUJ Health and Safety reps

Watch the video about the NUJ reps work on Health and Safety at Newsquest in Scotland. You can watch the video here:

Following seven consecutive years of redundancies, severely affecting staffing levels at Newsquest titles The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times, the NUJ chapel changed tack. Working with the NUJ organisers they introduced a health and safety approach to handling the stresses and pressures on remaining editorial staff. The involvement of the chapel in directly influencing new editorial structures and standing up to job cuts has changed industrial relations in the way the company and union work together.


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A Stronger Voice for Women in the Media – event round-up

Women journalists shared their working life experiences at an event as part of the NUJs Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project held at the University of Strathclyde.

The common theme emerging from all speakers was that women shouldn’t be on their own when challenging employment, sexism and equality issues and that they should support each other wherever they worked.

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‘Light-hearted’ political coverage of women shouldn’t be an excuse for sexism

Journalist and researcher Fiona McKay was invited to write an article on the media’s representation of women in politics as part of NUJ Scotland’s Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project.  She will be speaking at the project event next Wednesday April 19 (6-9pm).  She writes mainly for the Herald and Times Group and is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Strathclyde, looking at gendered media representations in Scottish politics.  The aim of the Stronger Voice project is to improve representation of women working in the media and how women are represented by the media.

“Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!” said the Daily Mail’s staggeringly sexist front page, unabashedly splashing Theresa May’s and Nicola Sturgeon’s pins as the focal point in their coverage of talks about Brexit and a second Scottish referendum.

While there was a large degree of national outrage and media criticism (and rightly so), there was also an audible sigh and collective eye roll; surely as a nation, we should have moved on from this kind of gendered commentary, particularly around two of the UK’s top leaders?

As the Daily Mail later clarified in its second edition, this was supposed to be “light-hearted” take on the negotiations. Left-wing detractors were accused of lacking a sense of humour and “proportion”. Continue reading