Latest on freelance income

23/3/20 Pressure is mounting on the government to help freelances who have lost income as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, so keep your eye on the news, but here are some useful links about the situation as it stands:

NUJ press release: UK freelances face destitution as they have been “forgotten” in the government’s rescue package for businesses

London Freelance: Coronavirus – advice for freelances

The Guardian: Rishi Sunak faces legal action from gig economy workers

Treasury Committee on Twitter: 

Parliament petition: Include self-employed in statutory sick pay during Coronavirus petition: Create an emergency fund to support freelancers with Coronavirus income loss

Accountancy blog: Coronavirus Support Round Up for Freelancers, Side Hustlers, Small Businesses and the Self Employed

Stay well!

Journalism – the next generation

We’ve got a very special meeting this month organised by our student rep John Gillespie, who has put together a panel of student speakers to talk about their journalism dissertation topics. 

We had a huge turnout at a similar event last year, so we’ve booked the large room at the Quaker Meeting House on Victoria Terrace. The event is in conjunction with Edinburgh and District Branch.

Here is the line-up:

  • Jamie Braidwood: How do online sports news websites engage their audiences?
  • Beth Murray: Is there a contradiction between the ethos of UK women’s magazines and the content they publish?
  • Iain Leggat: Is podcasting just chasing the audience or does it contribute to a new form of journalism- what makes a successful daily news podcast in the UK?
  • Adam Zawadzki: Is the British press able to hold the power of the four big multinational corporations to account effectively in the 21st century?

Q&A to follow.

We’re expecting a lot of students to be there – please come along to welcome them to the union.


Hot dissertation topics discussed by the next generation of journalists


Quaker Meeting House

7 Victoria Terrace, above, Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL