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Video: Future of Newspapers and the Importance of Local News conference

Watch the video of NUJ Scotland’s conference on the Future of Newspaper 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.

The morning session 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.

Watch the video of the morning session here.

The afternoon session included Paul Wood, managing director of the employee-owned West Highland Free Press; Ally Tibbit, Social Media Analyst for STV / Founding co-director of The Ferret; Jack Ferguson, Independent social researcher, journalist and political activist; and Michael Gray, a journalist at Commonspace. Chaired by Assistant Organiser Dominic Bascombe, the panel explored alternative forms of ownership in the media, comparing and contrasting co-operative models such as the Highland Free Press, with a crowd funded approach as used by The Ferret and deliberated on the inclusion of newspapers as community owned assets.

Watch the video of the afternoon session here.

The audience also heard from Fiona Davidson speaking on the NUJs ‘A Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project.  She explored the results of an NUJ survey which found that women remain hugely underrepresented in Scottish media and nearly completely absent in senior editorial roles.

Watch the video about the project presentation here.

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Journalists join forces to condemn Scottish Government handling of FoI requests

The National Union of Journalists has backed a joint letter by several journalists and NUJ chapels expressing serious concern at the way the Scottish Government has been treating Freedom of Interest requests from the media. 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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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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The Future of News – Edinburgh 31 March

 

The Future of News conference has been organised by NUJ Scotland as part of the Local News Matters week of action being co-ordinated by the NUJ nationwide. Guest speakers confirmed include-

  • US academic, Robert McChesney, from Illinois University, a leading author on the media who has proposed a Citizenship News Voucher scheme;
  • Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Sport and External Affairs;
  • Ian Stewart, Editor-in-Chief at Scotsman Publications; and
  • Paul Wood, Managing Director of the employee-owned West Highland Free Press.

Issues for discussion will include ownership of newspapers, newspapers as community assets, and the need to address any democratic deficit as affected by falling circulation and advertising revenues.

The venue is at a historic setting at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Sign up here

 


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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
Email: dominicb@nuj.org.uk
Telephone: 01412486648