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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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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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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