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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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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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Local newspapers can be a lifeline for women, says Scottish Women’s Convention @SWCwomen

As more and more local newspapers cease publishing, shed jobs and move out of the communities they serve, Evelyn Fraser, development manager of the Scottish Women’s Convention, writes about the importance of local newspapers, especially for women.  She was invited to do so by NUJ Scotland 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.

Is there any need to have printed local newspapers?  Absolutely, says Evelyn Fraser, development manager of the Scottish Women’s Convention.

Women have commented on the importance of local media, particularly in rural Scotland where communities are small and information hard to come by.

Some might say –

We live in a digital society.”

But what about poor or expensive broadband?

“There are public buildings which provide free access to online information.”

But many of them are closing down; or have limited access; or are two bus journeys away. Continue reading


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NUJ Scotland welcomes Engender’s Gender Matters Roadmap and call for end to sexism in the media #ScotFemFuture #NUJ

NUJ Scotland welcomes Engender’s Gender Matters Roadmap for Scotland and its work tackling the impact of sexism on all women regardless of ability, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or background.

“The media has an important role to play in shaping public attitudes and is hugely influential in maintaining stereotypical views about women,” said Fiona Davidson, women’s project worker, with NUJ Scotland, a project to improve the representation of women working in the media and how women are portrayed by the media.

“The public’s stereotypical attitudes about gender roles are often perpetuated and reinforced by the media.  This is particularly blatant when it comes to reporting violence against women and the prevalence of ‘victim blaming’. 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.

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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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Copyright event cashes in

Is copyright the best means to protect a creative person’s work? How do you go about chasing an infringement of your copyright as a photographer? Just who owns the copyright of images taken by robots?

These and other questions were explored in a talk hosted by the NUJ Glasgow branch on 24 August.

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Pic: Angus Findlay (http://www.angusfindlay.co.uk/) Continue reading


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Event: Let’s talk DIGITAL!

Perth and District NUJ branch invites you to an evening of discussion on using social media in the digital age with Nicola Martin of the Red String agency.
Nicola is an experienced marketing & PR professional with over 15 years in the business. Known for her creative ideas and excellent execution she enjoys a solid reputation as a copywriter, a strategist and a go-to person for inbound marketing. Three years ago Nicola started online magazine, Small City, Big Personality and has built this digital platform up to become a key part of the local media mix in and around Perthshire.
Come along and join members of the NUJ as we explore the ups and downs of social media for journalists.
Members and non members welcome!

When: Thursday 31 August 2017 @ 6pm

Where: The Venue, 38 St John’s Street, Perth PH1 5SP

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