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NUJ Ian Bell award winners

Winners of the Ian Bell ‘New Writing’ award were presented with their prizes at a lively session on ‘The Importance of Good Journalism’ at the Aye Write Book Festival on Saturday.  The award was set up in memory of radical journalist Ian Bell, who died in 2015, by his family and the Edinburgh Branch of the National Union of Journalists of which he was a member.

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It’s Just Banter – An event by the Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project with equality-theme quiz on music, movies & facts

It’s Just Banter is an evening of fun with a serious message.* There’s a quiz on equality issues, music and movies, along with some exciting speakers.

It’s being organised as part of NUJ Scotland’s Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project to improve the representation of women in the media and by the media and to end media sexism.

Questions about voice, opportunity, security, fulfillment and respect – the five key principles of the Fair Work Framework, will figure largely – so start thinking about songs that represent these themes. Respect is an easy one to start with.

There’s also wine, and food. And it’s free!

It’s downstairs at Rhoderick Dhu’s, 21 Waterloo Street (near Central Station), Glasgow G2 6BZ from 6.30 for a 7pm start on Wednesday 21 March.  Sign up via Eventbrite here.

*What some see as banter, others see as sexual abuse or harassment.


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Brand Me – Confidence-building course for women in the media

The working life of a woman in the media can be precarious.  Many are on zero hours contracts, casual workers, freelance, part-time or on fixed term contracts.  So they have to continuously sell themselves and their skills, to get work, to survive.

Work is often allocated on a “who you know” basis, in other words “jobs for the boys” who meet up on the golf course, the football terraces or the pub.  Macho environments still prevail in some newsrooms and women’s voices are drowned out as the men are louder.

Additionally, women are known for not blowing their own trumpet enough.  They tend to undersell themselves, seeing the negatives rather than the positives.

That’s why they need help to up their game in the confidence stakes from someone who knows the industry from the inside. Continue reading


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Writing to end violence against women

NUJ Scotland was proud to support Zero Tolerance’s Write to End Violence Against Women awards for the fifth year running. The awards were held on 7 December at the Scottish Parliament.

Zero Tolerance has also launched guidelines on reporting domestic abuse in advance of new legislation to tackle the problem of violence against women.

The new laws, once implemented, will mean that police will be able to act where there is a course of abusive behaviour, whether it is physical, mental or psychological, and it will include coercive control.

NUJ Scotland assisted with the guidelines and material from a post on our webpage by journalist Dani Garavelli – Time to end clumsy coverage of violence against women – was quoted in the guidelines.

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#StopMediaSexism

Do you think there’s a problem of sexism in the media?  You can call it out here.

Have you been subjected to sexism or harassment in your job as a journalist?

You’ve maybe been told to present a story in a certain way, an inappropriate headline has been added, or your material has been edited changing the emphasis.
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Writers in Digital Times reads well

The NUJ office in Scotland recently held an event to mark Book Week Scotland.

Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.

Sponsored by Digital Unions, Scottish Union Learning, and Scottish Book Trust, Writers in Digital Times brought together a number of authors to discuss their books and the writing and publishing process.

Attendees heard from Alex Gordon, Catherine Deveney, Deedee Cuddihy, Maggie Ritchie and Mark Fisher. Continue reading


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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