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NUJ backs Fife campaign against journalism course cuts

The NUJ is giving its support to students at Fife College calling for the resumption of a journalism course there.

The HND (Higher National Diploma) practical journalism course at Fife College in Kirkcaldy has been targeted for closure by college bosses amidst claims of falling numbers. However a number of students currently enrolled on the HNC (Higher National Certificate) course are at risk of being unable to progress to the HND thus missing out on gaining NCTJ accreditation.

The college has said it plans to continue to offer the HNC but will discontinue the second year of the course and withdraw NCTJ exams for 2018-19. Continue reading

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Writers in digital times – write an e-book

Sign up and find out about e-publishing – and hear from journalists about their publishing successes covering fiction, funny facts, rock bands, sport and theatre.  Event date Thursday 30 November at Rhoderick Dhu’s, Glasgow.  Join us for drink, buffet & fun via Eventbrite

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Lots of journalists have an unpublished book in their head, but many have already published.  At this NUJ Scotland / Bookweek Scotland event we will hear about how to go about self-publishing for the digital age and hear from five journalists who have had various types of work published – Deedee Cuddihy, Catherine Deveney, Mark Fisher, Alex Gordon and Maggie Ritchie.  The NUJ Scotland event is sponsored by Bookweek Scotland and Scottish Union Learning’s Digital Inclusion Project. Refreshments and a buffet will be available. 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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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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‘Light-hearted’ political coverage of women shouldn’t be an excuse for sexism

Journalist and researcher Fiona McKay was invited to write an article on the media’s representation of women in politics as part of NUJ Scotland’s Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project.  She will be speaking at the project event next Wednesday April 19 (6-9pm).  She writes mainly for the Herald and Times Group and is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Strathclyde, looking at gendered media representations in Scottish politics.  The aim of the Stronger Voice project is to improve representation of women working in the media and how women are represented by the media.

“Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!” said the Daily Mail’s staggeringly sexist front page, unabashedly splashing Theresa May’s and Nicola Sturgeon’s pins as the focal point in their coverage of talks about Brexit and a second Scottish referendum.

While there was a large degree of national outrage and media criticism (and rightly so), there was also an audible sigh and collective eye roll; surely as a nation, we should have moved on from this kind of gendered commentary, particularly around two of the UK’s top leaders?

As the Daily Mail later clarified in its second edition, this was supposed to be “light-hearted” take on the negotiations. Left-wing detractors were accused of lacking a sense of humour and “proportion”. Continue reading