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Resources for Journalists

Resources for Journalists

Here you'll find resources we believe will be particularly relevant for journalist. If you have any resources you'd like to submit for inclusion, or there's anything you think is missing but would be useful, please email us.


How to report on abortion: a guide for journalists, editors and media outlets

The way abortion is presented in the media can have a major influence on a person's opinion on abortion. This guide is for journalists, editors and media outlets and looks to encourage accurate reporting of the facts about abortion, and honest portrayals of abortion as part of real people’s lives and relationships.

Gynmed: free images for reporting on abortion and women's reproductive health

Often images that appear alongside reporting on abortion and women's reproductive health are not fit for purpose, and contribute to damaging stereotypes. These stock images are appropriate and free to use.

Experts and Commentators

Pass the Mic

A growing list of women of colour experts and commentators and links to their public profiles. If you are looking for someone to be on a panel, give a keynote, be on TV, write an opinion piece or be on radio, here’s a place to start.



Scottish Women in Sport TV

Girls Do Sport is a collaboration between University of the West of Scotland and Scottish Women in Sport, seeking to address the fact that women and girls are underrepresented in the media.


Sexual Assault

How to Report Sexual Assault Trials Responsibly

These guidelines - produced by Gender Equal Media Scotland and Rape Crisis Scotland - provide best practice advice on the reporting of sexual assault trials.


Violence Against Women

Media Guidelines on Violence Against Women

This guide, produced by Zero Tolerance, provides detailed guide provides practical advice about the approach journalists and media professionals should consider taking to ensure responsible reporting on violence against women.

Best Practice Tips for Reporting on Violence Against Women

Recognising that journalists often work under considerable pressure, this summary of the Media Guidelines is designed as a quick reference guide for journalists and media professionals discussing violence against women.

Language Guide for Reporting on Violence Against Women

A two-page guide that details best practice for language and expression when dealing with violence against women.

One thousand words: free stock images for reporting violence against women

Too often reductive and stereotypical images are used in media reporting of violence against women. These stock images address this, and are free to use for any and all organisations or individuals.

What journalists need to know about the Domestic Abuse Bill (Scotland)

This guide gives information on the Domestic Abuse Bill (Scotland), introduced to the Scottish Parliament in 2017. It provides detail on the surrounding context - including shifting understandings of what constitutes domestic abuse and coercive control - and guidance for responsible journalism.

What the Audience Wants: how media reporting shapes audience perceptions of violence against women.

This briefing looks at audience perception of violence against women through the press, interrogating how press coverage contributes to gender stereotyping and how audiences think this representation should change.

Write to End Violence Against Women Awards

Zero Tolerance runs the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards to recognise and reward journalists and writers in Scotland who raise awareness of these issues in a responsible and sensitive way. Submissions are now open for the 2019 Write to End Violence Against Women Awards. Submissions will close at midnight on Monday 30 September 2019.

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