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.
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
I’m thrilled to invite you to a great free training day we’ve lined up for NUJ members in the autumn in association with Google News Labs. It follows a successful event in London at the start of the year that was very popular. Continue reading
I’m delighted to invite you to a summer party this Monday featuring special guests Vic Rodrick and Annie Gunner, who’ll be previewing their topical comedy Edinburgh Fringe show Playing Politics:
We’re delighted that our June meeting will feature a guest appearance by branch member Christopher Silver, talking about his book Demanding Democracy: The Case for a Scottish Media, with a discussion chaired by Joyce McMillan. Continue reading
At this month’s meeting we’ll be focusing on the voice of women in journalism and in society at large. We’ll be taking into account the intake of the new Scottish parliament, looking at how cuts are having a disproportionate effect on women and considering ways to achieve a better gender balance in public and professional life.
Journalist Gordon Smith receiving his life membership from the National Union of Journalists at a meeting of Edinburgh Freelance Branch on Monday 25 April. Gordon was the branch’s very first treasurer in 1964 and is still writing today.
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We’re having the next meeting a week later than normal on Monday 25 April, which will allow us time to get reports on the NUJ’s delegate meeting and the STUC meeting.
The Ferret, an innovative investigative media project launched in Scotland last year, is collaborating with the University of Strathclyde to run its first ever conference on investigative journalism on Saturday April 23 in Glasgow. Continue reading
At our next meeting we’ll have a visit from former branch member Tim Dawson, just before he takes over the presidency of the NUJ at April’s Delegate Meeting. It’d be good if we could give him a big attendance to make him welcome. Continue reading