Our first meeting of 2019 is in two weeks’ time when we’ll be electing our branch officers and looking forward to the year ahead.
Here’s a list of the branch roles and the current office holders. Let me know if you’re interested in standing for any of the posts (or standing down).
Chair: Joyce McMillan
Vice-chair: Simon Barrow
Secretary: Mark Fisher
Membership secretary and welfare: Paul Cockburn
Treasurer: Joyce McMillan (standing in for Nick McGowan-Lowe)
Edinburgh Trade Union Council rep: vacant
Student rep: Denitsa Tsekova
Auditor 1: Joyce McMillan
Auditor 2: Adam Ramsay
MONDAY 21 JANUARY
Edinburgh Freelance Branch AGM
Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel
9 Haddington Place, EH7 4AL
I look forward to seeing you there.
I’m delighted to invite you to our annual Christmas party in conjunction with Edinburgh and District Branch next Monday
And I’m doubly delighted to say our entertainment this year is from performance poet Jenny Lindsay, described by the Scotsman as “defiant, eloquent and inspiring”
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!
We would like to invite you to an NUJ discussion we’ve organised on Monday 15 October which is aimed at people working in press and PR.
“Making the move from writing to PR – and from PR to writing” Continue reading
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
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
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?
This is how the office holders are looking after last night’s branch AGM. The training and ETUC rep posts have still to be claimed – if you’re interested in one of them please let me know.
Happy new year, everybody.
Our first meeting of 2018 is next Monday when we’ll be electing our branch officers and having a look at the preliminary agenda of the NUJ’s forthcoming delegate meeting.
Thanks to everyone who came to last night’s meeting and helping give Paul Holleran a good send off as he prepares to step down from his post as Scottish organiser.
Here are some upcoming events of interest: Continue reading