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

18 Sep New ways to make journalism pay

Our meeting on Monday 18 September will be a panel discussion about alternative ways to support journalism, looking at some of the best examples of organisations who are making journalism pay. The idea is to follow up the NUJ conference at the Hub earlier in the year and to come up with a positive proposal to take to the next NUJ delegate meeting. Continue reading

Next meeting Monday 18 September

Thanks to Vic and Annie for entertaining us one last time and giving us a sneak peek of their final Fringe show at last night’s party. See their Playing Politics show at the Queen’s Hall on 25 August:

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Freedom of Information 19 June

At this month’s meeting of Edinburgh Freelance Branch we’ll be following up the recent open letter about freedom of information policy in Scotland that you can read here: https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/11072/journalists-open-letter-freedom-information-policy-scotland Continue reading