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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


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Journalists join forces to condemn Scottish Government handling of FoI requests

The National Union of Journalists has backed a joint letter by several journalists and NUJ chapels expressing serious concern at the way the Scottish Government has been treating Freedom of Interest requests from the media. Continue reading


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Video: STUC award for NUJ Health and Safety reps

Watch the video about the NUJ reps work on Health and Safety at Newsquest in Scotland. You can watch the video here:

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.


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The life of a precarious worker, by freelance journalist Claire Sawers


Freelance journalist Claire Sawers spoke about her experiences as a freelancer at the recent Stronger Voice for Women in the Media event in Glasgow last month.  Advantages include getting to choose your colleagues and avoiding the moaners!  Here is what she said.

We’re all working in conditions where it’s now more and more common to have a zero hours contract, to work precariously, in the unstable gig culture, with no guarantees, no safety net of a pension, sick pay, benefits or HR support. Continue reading