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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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Writers in digital times – write an e-book

Sign up and find out about e-publishing – and hear from journalists about their publishing successes covering fiction, funny facts, rock bands, sport and theatre.  Event date Thursday 30 November at Rhoderick Dhu’s, Glasgow.  Join us for drink, buffet & fun via Eventbrite

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Lots of journalists have an unpublished book in their head, but many have already published.  At this NUJ Scotland / Bookweek Scotland event we will hear about how to go about self-publishing for the digital age and hear from five journalists who have had various types of work published – Deedee Cuddihy, Catherine Deveney, Mark Fisher, Alex Gordon and Maggie Ritchie.  The NUJ Scotland event is sponsored by Bookweek Scotland and Scottish Union Learning’s Digital Inclusion Project. Refreshments and a buffet will be available. 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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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.

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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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Copyright event cashes in

Is copyright the best means to protect a creative person’s work? How do you go about chasing an infringement of your copyright as a photographer? Just who owns the copyright of images taken by robots?

These and other questions were explored in a talk hosted by the NUJ Glasgow branch on 24 August.

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Event: Let’s talk DIGITAL!

Perth and District NUJ branch invites you to an evening of discussion on using social media in the digital age with Nicola Martin of the Red String agency.
Nicola is an experienced marketing & PR professional with over 15 years in the business. Known for her creative ideas and excellent execution she enjoys a solid reputation as a copywriter, a strategist and a go-to person for inbound marketing. Three years ago Nicola started online magazine, Small City, Big Personality and has built this digital platform up to become a key part of the local media mix in and around Perthshire.
Come along and join members of the NUJ as we explore the ups and downs of social media for journalists.
Members and non members welcome!

When: Thursday 31 August 2017 @ 6pm

Where: The Venue, 38 St John’s Street, Perth PH1 5SP

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Event: Understanding Copyright and Making it Pay

This event on 24 August 2017 will address the basics of copyright as it pertains to journalists and will explore questions around:

What is copyright: who owns it?
What are moral rights?
What does creative commons license mean?
How do you express your copyright?
What to ask for when granting permission to use your work
How to get paid for your copyright
How to challenge infringements

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