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: https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/11072/journalists-open-letter-freedom-information-policy-scotland

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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.

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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 (http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk) and Thom…

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Future of local media Mon 20 Feb

More details of this one to follow, but our branch meeting on Monday 20 February will be on the subject of local media. We’re lining up the guest speakers at the moment and we’re expecting the NUJ’s Scottish organiser Paul Holleran to be in attendance.

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AGM 16 January

In January, it’s the branch’s annual general meeting. Let me know if you’re interested in standing for any of the posts (or standing down). This is how things look at the moment:

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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.…

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Women in Journalism 21 November

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:

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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…

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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…

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Free NUJ training with Google News Labs 8 Nov

Hello everyone, 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.

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