Get trained by the NUJ in Scotland this Spring!


Need to update your skills or learn a new one?  All full day courses run from 10am-5pm, at a rate of £95 per person for NUJ members and include materials and sandwich lunch.   The half day members rate is £45 course only.  Non-members day rate:  £120 per person or £60 half day rate.

Tuesday, 12 March               Filming & editing for iDevices
Tuesday, 19 March               Facebook Introduction
                                             (½ day session 10am-1pm)
                                             Facebook – Advanced Topics
                                             (½ day course 2pm-5pm)
Thursday, 28 March             Television News Production
Thursday, 4 April                  Scriptwriting
Tuesday, 9 April                   Feature Writing
Friday, 12 April                    PR & Media Awareness
Wednesday, 17 April           Advanced Social Media
Tuesday, 23 April                Audio Recording & editing
Friday, 24 May                     Travel Writing
View course outlines here

If you wish to book a place, please contact


TV Interviewing skills for journalists – 11 December 2018 – Glasgow

We have a limited number of free places available on our TV Interviewing skills for journalists course running in Glasgow on 11 December.  This course will help journalists to develop their existing journalistic skills for television broadcasting. Television interviewing techniques will be covered with the focus of the session on increasing the range of expertise. If you feel your self-confidence, body language and voice might let you down then this practical workshop is for you.


How to look and feel relaxed. 

How to speak at the right pace.

How to show the best of your personality. 

How to use the right vocal tone to match the content of the interview. 

How to reassure the audience that you are comfortable in front of a camera.

To book a place contact:


Get trained by the NUJ in Scotland this Autumn! Funded and Professional opportunities.


These courses are being funded by the Scottish Union Development & Learning fund and Scottish Government for members in Scotland.

Tuesday, 21 August                 New Models of Journalism (Glasgow)
Tuesday, 28 August                 GDPR Training for freelance journalists and photographers (Glasgow)
Thursday, 30 August                GDPR Training for freelance journalists and photographers (Edinburgh)
Monday, 3 September              GDPR Training for freelance journalists and photographers (Perth)
Monday, 1 October                   New Models of Journalism (Edinburgh)


All courses run from 10am-5pm, at a rate of £95 per person for NUJ members and include all materials and sandwich lunch.  Non-members rate:  £120 per person

Friday, 31 August                     PR/Media Awareness
Thursday, 6 September            Filming & Editing for iDevices
Thursday, 13 September          Advanced Social Media
Friday, 14 September               Feature Writing & Pitching
Friday, 21 September               The Effective Freelance
Friday, 28 September               Scots Law for Journalists
Tuesday, 2 October                  Filming & Editing for Android’s
Friday, 5 October                     Writing for the Web
Tuesday, 9 October                  InDesign
Wednesday, 10 October           Brand me: Confidence skills for women in the media
Friday, 12 October                   The Entrepreneurial Freelance
Thursday, 18 October              Scriptwriting
Friday, 19 October                   Media Law & Ethics

View course outlines here

If you wish to book a place, please contact

Free GDPR Training for freelance Journalists and Photographers in Scotland

Data Protection and the GDPR

You may be aware that from the 25th May the GDPR has been enforced with the possibility of huge financial penalties. You may not be aware that on the 24th May the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) was given Royal Assent.

While the GDPR sets the general rules for data protection the DPA is complementary to it and spells out many of the exemptions and exceptions, in particular for journalism.

NUJ are pleased to be able to offer free training sessions for members in Scotland to help you get to grips with this new data protection regime and its implications for journalism. It will include considerations of data sharing, consent, information security, data subject rights and issues relating to photography

The sessions will take place on the following dates:

28th August (2pm-5pm) Glasgow
30th August (2pm-5pm) Edinburgh
3rd September (2pm-5pm) Perth

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We still have places available on our Writing for the Web course running next week in Glasgow.

What’s different about Writing for the Web? Who are you writing for? Understanding your audience.  Getting the readers’ attention. Finding the right tone of voice.  Writing for the way they read.  The why and how of short copy. Structuring content for the web.

The course will provide the opportunity for stimulating discussions about the latest issues associated with developing professional journalistic skills across a variety digital media sectors.  Interactive and practical, it is for print journalists who now need to write clear, compelling content for websites.  Course will look at techniques that will help key audiences find and engage with content once they are there.


  • Currency – Topics which are current are good news. Consumers are used to receiving the latest updates, and there is so much news about that old news is quickly discarded. A story with only average interest needs to be told quickly if it is to be told at all. How to use the social nedia tools to up the interest and provide fresh content. To be able to summarise complicated topics in an informative and concise way.
  • Headline writing – To attract the eye a good headline must have clarity (convey to the reader what the sub intends without confusion or ambiguity) and impact (strong enough effect to persuade the reader to read on)
  • Importance of Basic Skills in Journalism and in using digital and social media technology – The most important skills for any journalists is the ability to explain complex issues such as economic ones and put them into everyday language in an intersting way that readers can understand. The importance of mastering the basics with phones, iPad’s, Facebook and Twitter. Check twice send once or regret forever it might be said when dealing with social networks –  how to avoid some of the main pitfalls.
  • Why Evergreen Content is Valuable? – A well written piece of content that does an excellent job at answering a question can satisfy people over a long period of time. Since evergreen content is enduring and capable of receiving traffic for many years from search engines, directories and other collections of useful links it can be extremely valuable.
  • Technology talks! – Difference between reporting for print and online websites. How hi-tech gadgets such as the iPad edition allows for increased interactivity with the reader.
  • Who pays the piper? – The difference between writing for the reader and writing for the pay per click advertiser
  • Linking – Considering how to link stories from across the globe to local issues using RSS feeds,social media sites.
  • Freelancing abroad – The challenges ofworking in a hostile digital media environment geographically and politically.
  • Writing articles with SEO – Search engine optimisation or SEO can be an important aid to drive traffic to your website or news blog. Considering the use of standard tools such as Google analytics and tag words to move an article or search item up the rankings.What’sdifferent about Writing for the Web?


Course costs £95 for NUJ members and places can be booked by contacting


We still have places available on our Feature Writing & Pitching course running in Glasgow next week.  This course is for anyone who would benefit from understanding the principles and actions behind successful features. It covers writing with style for professional publications and includes sessions on building a story, structure, interviewing and pitching. Every aspect of writing outstanding features will be covered, from understanding your audience, publication and subject, to research, writing and interview skills.


  • Building a Feature:
  • Finding ideas and making them work
  • Structure:
  • Thinking in advance about how to shape your material
  • Interviewing:
  • Being in control of the interviewing situation
  • Pitching:
  • How to present ideas and follow them up

Course costs £95 for NUJ members and places can be booked by contacting