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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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News Blackout – Why Aren’t Black British Women Treated Fairly In the Media?

Layla-Roxanne Hill was invited by NUJ Scotland to write an article about women and the media as part of the Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project.  The aim of the project is to improve representation of women working in the media and how women are represented by the media.

She is a campaigner, writer and speaker with a focus on race, gender and the Black Scottish experience.  In addition, she sits on the STUC Black Workers’ Committee, the National Union of Journalists’ Black Members’ Council and Scottish Executive Council as Black Members’ Representative.

 

Despite the work seemingly being done to address the (mis)representation of Black British women, we are still being treated unfairly throughout the media landscape. Our stories, experiences and issues are continuously being told through a white lens which often fails to provide an accurate representation, or lend its focus to race. Continue reading


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Time to end clumsy coverage of violence against women says Dani Garavelli

Freelance journalist Dani Garavelli was invited by NUJ Scotland to write an article about women and the media as part of the Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project.  The aim of the project is to improve representation of women working in the media and how women are represented by the media.

 

THE CLUMSINESS the media often demonstrates in its coverage of violence against women was on display again last week in a tweet posted by Woman’s Hour presenter Jane Garvey. Plugging a feature on that day’s show, she wrote: “Tom raped his girlfriend: he tells us why.” In those eight words, an act that drove Thordis Elva to the brink of despair was reduced to a piece of click-bait. 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


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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.

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Raw deal for women and minorities in the media

Women are still getting a raw deal in the media, according to early returns of NUJ Scotland’s survey on equality.

Three out of four journalists in Scotland think there is a problem with the way women and/or minority groups are represented in the press, according to early survey returns.

The ongoing survey by NUJ Scotland, as part of the Stronger Voice for Women Project funded by the Union Modernisation Fund, reveals that 75 per cent of journalists and other workers in the media who have responded so far believe there is an issue.  The results of early responses have been released to mark International Women’s Day. Continue reading