Journalism: the next generation – Mon 19 Nov

Next Monday’s meeting is a chance to welcome the next generation of journalists into the NUJ as we talk about making the transition from student journalism to a professional career.
We’ve already been publicising the meeting among students and have had a phenomenal response. We’re hoping there’ll be a similarly big take-up from branch members because we’ll finish the evening with an informal chat, giving the students a chance to talk to professional journalists about their careers. Do come along!

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Facts and Fake News, Balance and Bias

The discussion at our meeting on Monday 17 September will be on the topical theme of Facts and Fake News, Balance and Bias.

Is the Conservative MP Damian Collins correct to say “we are facing nothing less than a crisis in our democracy based on the systematic manipulation of data to support the relentless targeting of citizens without their consent by campaigns of disinformation and messages of hate”? Continue reading

Freelance journalism and GDPR

I’m delighted to announce that our guest speaker for tonight’s session about General Data Protection Regulation for journalists is Sorcha Lorimer of Sympatico Consulting, a North Berwick company specialising in data privacy regulation. She’ll be focusing on the practicalities of GDPR as it affects journalists and will be providing an ebook guide. More about Sympatico here: http://www.sympaticoconsulting.co.uk Continue reading

Can journalists be book publishers?

At our meeting this month, we’ll be hearing from print journalists who have made the transition to writing books. What are the pros and cons of self-publishing, traditional publishing houses, print-on-demand and the extra effort of taking on such a big undertaking? Are there knock-on benefits? And is it an effective way to make journalistic skills pay?

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November freelance meeting new venue

Our November meeting will take place next week when we’ll be confirming motions for the NUJ’s delegate meeting. Unfortunately, the Stills Gallery is no longer available on a Monday, so we’ll be trying out a new venue, the Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel – on the junction of Annandale Street and Leith Walk, close to Elm Row bus stops. Continue reading

Edinburgh Freelance 16 October

At tonight’s meeting, we’ll be focusing on the NUJ’s Delegate Meeting (DM) which is in Southport, 19–22 April.

After our excellent September discussion about new ways of supporting journalism, we will have two motions to propose and discuss. If you have any other potential motions, do bring your ideas along.

Thanks to Joyce McMillan for drafting these two. Please think of additions and amendments. Continue reading