TwitterInstagramContact us
Blog

Blog

This blog collates writing on women and media from across Scotland. If you’ve written a blog and are happy for it to be featured here, or would like to write something specifically for this site, get in touch.

Women in Journalism Scotland survey reveals a third of woman working in the Scottish media saying they have been sexually harassed

Women in Journalism Scotland

A third of women working in the Scottish media claim they have been sexually harassed in the workplace, according to a new survey.

Research carried out by campaigning group Women in Journalism Scotland (WiJ Scotland) also found almost half alleging they have experienced sexist behaviour in the workplace more than three times, while a shocking one in ten said they had been sexually assaulted in their office.

A total of 177 women working in media and communications in Scotland responded to the survey, which was carried out following the creation of the global #MeToo movement. A third worked in print media and a quarter in broadcasting. The NUJ has around 800 female members in Scotland.

New Handle with Care guide for journalists launched

Handle with care guideWhat the media says matters. The way violence against women is reported plays a huge role in terms of influence, thinking and behaviour. The media sometimes over-simplifies complex stories or falls into
stereotyping or socially “slanted” reporting.

Violence against women continues to be a hugely prevalent and complex social problem, and the media plays a key role to keep the public aware of the issues. Those journalists who take a considered and informed approach to violence against women are more likely to develop trusted relationships with support organisations, and indeed with the survivors of violence.

The legacy of the Centre for Gender Equal Media

GEM logoThe Centre for Gender Equal Media (GEM) was a year-long initiative based at Durham University from 2016 to 2017. Its aim was to generate evidence and policy ideas to work towards a gender equal media and its vision was for an open and democratic media that is accessible to all.

Funded through the ESRC IAA fund at Durham Law School, the Centre was co-founded by Professor Clare McGlynn, Holly Dustin, Dr. Maddy Coy, and Dr. Fiona Vera-Gray, who left after helping establish GEM in its first year. Yeliz Osman acted as international advisor.

In a short space of time, GEM was able to shape and influence new laws, policies and practices and demonstrated the need for this work in the UK. We are very happy that an unaffiliated new organisation, GEM Scotland, will be continuing to work on these issues.

Spotlight on Scottish Media: who makes the news?

By Jenny Lester, Zero Tolerance

In March 2018, Zero Tolerance Project Support Intern Jenny Lester blogged about the results of her media monitoring study. She’s been scanning Scottish newspapers for stories about violence against women to get an idea about the state of media reporting in Scotland. Read blogs one, two and three.

Spotlight on Scottish Media: why are we still blaming the victim?

By Jenny Lester, Zero Tolerance

He is innocent until proven guilty but I am a liar until proven honestIn March 2018, Zero Tolerance Project Support Intern Jenny Lester blogged about the results of her media monitoring study. She’s been scanning Scottish newspapers for stories about violence against women to get an idea about the state of media reporting in Scotland. Read blogs one and two.

Tweets @EqualMediaScot

Loading