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Scottish Student Journalism Awards 2017

NUJ Scotland was proud to sponsor two awards at the Scottish Student Journalism awards 2017.

NUJ Column of the Year was won by Amy Maguire of Glasgow Clyde College and the NUJ Ian Bell Memorial award for Student Journalist of the Year was won by Jonathan Rimmer of Glasgow Caledonian University.

Congratulations to all of the participants!

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Newsquest Chapel Award in Safe Hands

award 17Health and Safety rep. Damien Shields and FoC Sean Guthrie eventually got their hands on the Frank Maguire Award for Health and Safety delivered by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to the NUJ at the STUC earlier this month.

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. The threat of industrial action had indirectly led to the start up of The National, the daily title which suppports the independence campaign and at the same time an increase in the influence of the union in editorial areas. A much more constructive approach by a new management team also helped with the improved relations.

FoC Sean Guthrie said: ” We are chuffed to pick up this award. It is an example to union members and mangement as to how a more inclusive approach to restructuring can work. Everything for us is about health and safety, staffing levels, workloads, decent equipment and software and better communication between both sides all add up to a better workplace. Pay is another area which can stress people out and we are hopeful of engaging with the management in the next few weeks to explore the introduction of a new salary structure.”

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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.

Dr Sallyanne Duncan, head of the postgraduate studies in digital journalism at Strathclyde, opened the event by pointing out that 54 per cent of journalism students were female. “Women dominate journalism in education, but what happens after is a different story,” she said. Continue reading

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Survey Results – Stronger voice for women in the media

A survey of journalists and media workers in Scotland has revealed that 75 per cent of women have suffered discrimination at work, compared to just 16 per cent of men.

The most common forms of discrimination women face relate to promotion and career advancement opportunities (35 per cent), inappropriate comments (34 per cent) equal pay (31 per cent) and flexible working (20 per cent).  Only 16 per cent of men who responded had encountered discrimination, the most common form being paternity issues with eight per cent reporting problems.  Other problems men faced included flexible working, equal pay, promotion and career advancement opportunities (three per cent respectively) and inappropriate comments (two per cent).

The NUJ in Scotland undertook the survey as part of the Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project, funded via the STUC under the Trade Union, Fair Work and Modernisation Fund.  Continue reading

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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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A Stronger Voice for Women in the Media

A Stronger Voice for Women in the Media

It’s almost 50 years since equality laws were introduced and yet women are still fighting to be heard in the newsroom and in the news.

Women in senior editorial roles are very much in the minority.  Diversity in the newsroom is sadly lacking.  And this reflects in the news agenda, determined by men – often, white middle-aged men (although we shouldn’t use stereotypes).

Women are still judged on appearance and as they get older, they are often unseen and unheard.  The invisible woman is a common complaint, both in terms of recognition of their years of experience and their achievements as a journalist. Continue reading