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Brand Me – Confidence-building course for women in the media

The working life of a woman in the media can be precarious.  Many are on zero hours contracts, casual workers, freelance, part-time or on fixed term contracts.  So they have to continuously sell themselves and their skills, to get work, to survive.

Work is often allocated on a “who you know” basis, in other words “jobs for the boys” who meet up on the golf course, the football terraces or the pub.  Macho environments still prevail in some newsrooms and women’s voices are drowned out as the men are louder.

Additionally, women are known for not blowing their own trumpet enough.  They tend to undersell themselves, seeing the negatives rather than the positives.

That’s why they need help to up their game in the confidence stakes from someone who knows the industry from the inside. Continue reading


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Raw deal for women and minorities in the media

Women are still getting a raw deal in the media, according to early returns of NUJ Scotland’s survey on equality.

Three out of four journalists in Scotland think there is a problem with the way women and/or minority groups are represented in the press, according to early survey returns.

The ongoing survey by NUJ Scotland, as part of the Stronger Voice for Women Project funded by the Union Modernisation Fund, reveals that 75 per cent of journalists and other workers in the media who have responded so far believe there is an issue.  The results of early responses have been released to mark International Women’s Day. Continue reading