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:
MONDAY 12 DECEMBER
Upstairs at Ryrie’s Bar
1 Haymarket Terrace
It’d be great to see you there – do come along.
After the success of our meeting in May about women in the media, we are returning to the theme this month – this time in a new venue, the Stills Gallery on Cockburn Street. Claire Sawers will be chairing a tremendous panel to discuss topics including: Continue reading
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
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
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.
Photographs © Nick McGowan-Lowe (07774 438935) www.nml.uk.com