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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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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.

Ian was a member of the NUJ branch.Ed branch ian bell prize

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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Glass ceilings and concrete walls – challenges facing black/ethnic minority women in Scotland’s media industry

Jamilah A Hassan, journalist, blogger and member of the Yon Afro Collective, writes about possible solutions to the problems facing black and ethnic minority women trying to break into the media industry as part of the Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project.  The Yon Afro Collective (@YonAfro) exists to enhance representation, improve visibility and provide support to women of colour in Scotland.

 Many women hit the glass ceiling when it comes to career progression, but for black and ethnic minority women we have to smash our way through the concrete walls to even get into the structure.  Then there’s a higher chance we’ll get stuck on the sticky floors. Continue reading


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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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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. Continue reading