Media Release: Places free, but limited, on NUJ courses announced for next year


THE National Union of Journalists has obtained funding from Scottish Union Learning and the Scottish Government to run the following courses in the New Year.

Places are limited and priority will be given to learners who have not attended a funded course during the current project (1 April 2015, to date).

* TV interviewing skills for journalists (Glasgow) 16 and 17 Jan 2017 (two days)

* Social media advanced applications (Glasgow) 19 Jan 2017

* The effective freelance (Glasgow) 27 Jan 2017

* TV journalism (Glasgow) 1 Feb 2017

* TV journalism (Glasgow) 2 Feb 2017

* The effective freelance (Edinburgh) 10 Feb 2017

* Social media advanced applications (Glasgow) 16 Feb 2017

* The effective freelance (Glasgow) 24 Feb 2017

A brief synopsis of each course is provided below:

TV interviewing skills for journalists

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.

Social media advanced applications

This is an one-day, practical course, designed to enhance the journalist’s social media presence by developing skills such as searching for contacts and content, writing and distributing material via social media and the use of platforms such as HootSuite to co-ordinate the journalist’s social media work.

It includes: refining and developing news feeds; adding tags, images, video and other content to Twitter/Facebook posts; worked examples of end-to-end newsgathering and distribution via social media; scheduling posts and more.

The effective freelance

This course is designed to cover not only the essentials of working as a freelance – organisation, negotiating, producing work, markets, law and financial record-keeping – but also living as a freelance, including personal finance, etc.

It will include breaking into new markets, establishing terms, chasing payment, improving returns, specialist journalism, handling money, tax and deductible expenses, and copyright.

TV journalism

This course covers basic aspects of television reporting – showing films of TV reporters in various live situations, in the field and studio based.  It looks at ‘as-live’ reporting/pre-recorded packages and packages with live top and tails.

For further information, or if you wish to reserve a place on any of the courses, please contact Joan Macdonald, training manager, NUJ Training Scotland.

Tel. 0141 248 6648, mobile 07730 513991, Email:


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Contact: Joan Macdonald