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: Continue reading

Next meeting 24 April

We’ll be meeting a week later than usual this month because of Easter.

A number of us were at the very interesting Future of Media conference at the end of March and we’ll be reporting back on that – in particular trying to come up with ways to put the best ideas into practice. Continue reading

20 Feb future of local media

Our branch meeting on Monday 20 February will be on the subject of local media in the 21st century.
Joyce McMillan, political columnist on the Scotsman, will be in the chair and our panelists are the NUJ’s Scottish organiser Paul Holleran, introducing the NUJ’s local media week in March, Phyllis Stephen, editor of the Edinburgh Reporter ( and Thom Dibdin, editor of All Edinburgh Theatre (

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12 December Christmas party and film quiz

To round off another successful year, we’re joining forces once more with Edinburgh and District Branch for our annual Christmas party. This year we have a film quiz lined up, so get on the IMDb and start seeking out fellow team members now . . .

We’ll be upstairs at Ryrie’s, next to Haymarket Station. Drinks and sandwiches provided.

Here are the details:

Upstairs at Ryrie’s Bar
1 Haymarket Terrace
EH12 5EY

It’d be great to see you there – do come along.

Right to offend: speakers announced 17 Oct

I’m delighted to announce the fantastic panel we’ve got together for Monday’s discussion. They are:

Simon Barrow, director of religious think tank Ekklesia
Cat Boyd, co-founder of the Radical Independence Campaign, columnist on the National and co-author of Scottish Independence: A Feminist Response
Kevin McKenna, Observer columnist and former deputy editor of the Herald and executive editor of the Daily Mail in Scotland
Iain Macwhirter, Herald and Sunday Herald political commentator

Chair: Joyce McMillan, Scotsman political columnist Continue reading

17 October freedom of expression and the right to offend!

What are the limits of free speech? How much protection should we give those who are offended by another’s views? Now the public sphere has extended beyond the civility of the letters page and into the Wild West of social media, has the nature of civic discourse changed – and should we do something about it? Is it acceptable for people to be hounded off Twitter? Are all opinions good? Continue reading

Review: Before the Hudson and the Liffey

Branch member Richard Purden praises a compelling and vibrant tribute to James Connolly and his journey from the Cowgate to becoming one of the key figures in the Easter Rising.

Before the Hudson and the Liffey cast in the Dunard Library credit Mihaela Bodlovic

Cast and production team of Before the Hudson and the Liffey. Picture: Mihaela Bodlovic

James Connolly remains a contentious figure for many. In the broad sweep there are an abundance of assumptions and myths around the Irish Republican leader that give his legacy a cultish, underground flavour. In a recent essay his great-nephew, the late Ian Bell, suggested that when it came to what you knew of James Connolly, even among his family, he was “famous, chiefly for getting himself killed”. This is a common experience in Scotland. Continue reading