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Writing to end violence against women

NUJ Scotland was proud to support Zero Tolerance’s Write to End Violence Against Women awards for the fifth year running. The awards were held on 7 December at the Scottish Parliament.

Zero Tolerance has also launched guidelines on reporting domestic abuse in advance of new legislation to tackle the problem of violence against women.

The new laws, once implemented, will mean that police will be able to act where there is a course of abusive behaviour, whether it is physical, mental or psychological, and it will include coercive control.

NUJ Scotland assisted with the guidelines and material from a post on our webpage by journalist Dani Garavelli – Time to end clumsy coverage of violence against women – was quoted in the guidelines.

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NUJ welcomes college course reversal decision

Journalism students at Fife College are celebrating after the college reversed its decision to end its practical journalism course following pressure from the NUJ.

A statement from the college said that students currently enrolled on the HNC would be allowed to enrol for the HND in order to complete the necessary NCTJ qualifications.

Dominic Bascombe, NUJ Scotland organiser said:

“We welcome the decision by Fife College to allow these students and others to enrol on the HND practical journalism course. This is the right decision and will help students as they develop a firm start to their journalism career. We do hope that the course will continue in the future. Amidst all of the changes in our industry it is important that courses like this continue.” Continue reading


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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