Wednesday, 25 March              Law for journalists in Scotland            Scots Law for Journalists is a two-year course at HND level, or a 16-week course on block release – we will attempt to cover the main points in seven hours! As a result, the tutor will concentrate on explaining the principles of the laws governing journalists and how the laws apply in the real world.  The tutor is a rare combination of working journalist and lecturer in media law, so he will emphasise those areas which most affect journalists in practice. At the same time he has omitted subjects which arise only periodically, such as election law.
Friday, 27 March                      Filming and Editing for iDevices          This course has been developed to help members respond to the increasing demand for them to react immediately, effectively and quickly to a developing situation.  This course shows how to get the first pictures back to the newsroom and how to film and edit those shots properly using an i-pad, i-pod or i-phone.    It emphasises the need for i-devices to be used as a first response and to take those shots in the absence of any other media person.
Tuesday, 31 March                   Audio recording and editing (Podcasts)       This course will introduce students to the key concepts in capturing good-quality audio recordings in a journalism interview context. It will also cover how to import and edit these recordings using freely-available audio editing software and prepare it for use in broadcast, podcast, film, web, archive etc.
Tuesday, 7 April                      DV Editing – Introduction                              On this course you will learn the basic principles of digital video editing from capturing footage through to burning a DVD. You will be shown how to create a bin, how to edit rushes, how to take clips of interviews, and you will make one short film using available footage.
Thursday, 23 April                   Fact Checking                                             A workshop where learners get given some examples of fact checking/verification tools which are available and easy to use. A real example of a check The Ferret has done, showing the process and finishing with an example claim for participants to fact check using the skills taught. 
Tuesday, 28 April                     An introduction to WordPress                    WordPress is the world’s most popular web publishing platform, powering over 30% of all websites. It’s open source, free to download, includes thousands of free themes and plugins and has an active community of users. This one-day course offers an introduction to this powerful and versatile technology and covers everything from the basics of web publishing upwards, aiming to provide attendees with the knowledge and skills to customise and manage their own WordPress website, and in the process, update their digital skills for the modern workplace.
 Wednesday, 29 April                Investigative Journalism                           Billy Briggs and Rob Edwards are award winning freelance journalists and co-founders of investigative website, The Ferret. Their one day course will include advice on – using freedom of information legislation, Investigating the far right, undercover work, investigating human trafficking, International human rights investigations, practicalities, cultivating sources, producing stories from data, ethics, background on The Ferret and freelancing

To book a place on any of the courses, please contact joanm@nuj.org.uk

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