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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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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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Glass ceilings and concrete walls – challenges facing black/ethnic minority women in Scotland’s media industry

Jamilah A Hassan, journalist, blogger and member of the Yon Afro Collective, writes about possible solutions to the problems facing black and ethnic minority women trying to break into the media industry as part of the Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project.  The Yon Afro Collective (@YonAfro) exists to enhance representation, improve visibility and provide support to women of colour in Scotland.

 Many women hit the glass ceiling when it comes to career progression, but for black and ethnic minority women we have to smash our way through the concrete walls to even get into the structure.  Then there’s a higher chance we’ll get stuck on the sticky floors. 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


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News Blackout – Why Aren’t Black British Women Treated Fairly In the Media?

Layla-Roxanne Hill was invited by NUJ Scotland to write an article about women and the media 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.

She is a campaigner, writer and speaker with a focus on race, gender and the Black Scottish experience.  In addition, she sits on the STUC Black Workers’ Committee, the National Union of Journalists’ Black Members’ Council and Scottish Executive Council as Black Members’ Representative.

 

Despite the work seemingly being done to address the (mis)representation of Black British women, we are still being treated unfairly throughout the media landscape. Our stories, experiences and issues are continuously being told through a white lens which often fails to provide an accurate representation, or lend its focus to race. Continue reading