JOURNALISM: Calling all aspiring writers to enter this year’s Ian Bell Award

ian-bell-with-nuj-card-460x250The Ian Bell Award

THE National Union of Journalists invites entries by young writers for an award to commemorate Ian Bell, pictured right, the radical journalist and author who died in December 2015.

The competition is aimed at young writers who have yet to break into professional journalism. Entries should be in the critical spirit of Ian Bell and written in a style – lively, taut, provocative but thoughtful – suitable for online and newspaper publication. The subject can be drawn from politics, culture, modern society, history, international affairs, Scotland, or related topics, and can be investigative reporting or informed commentary.

Entrants should be aged 30 or under on 18 December 2020, and be living, working or studying in Scotland. Submissions should not have been previously published in any medium. Each entrant may submit up to two entries, each of between 1,500 and 2,000 words.

Please submit entries by email, together with your name, date of birth and place of work/study (if any), to by midnight on 10 January 2021. Entrants do not need to be NUJ members.

The judges this year are Richard Walker, founding editor of The National and Sunday National, Karin Goodwin, co-editor of The Ferret, and Carla Jenkins, reporter at Glasgow Live and a former winner of Young Journalist Of The Year at the Scottish Press Awards. The winner will be announced in February 2020, and will receive a prize of £500 with runners-up receiving £100.

  • NUJ Scotland Staff availability over Christmas
From the end of today (Wednesday 23rd) the NUJ’s Officials and staff will be on leave until 9.30am on Tuesday 5th January.   If you need urgent assistance in that time, then you can contact us by email at (checked daily), or the organisers can be contacted by mobile – John Toner 07867 357866, or Nick McGowan-Lowe on 07801 382782.  For work-related criminal emergencies use the Thompsons 24-hour helpline: 0800 587 7530 – although try to speak to one of the organisers first.
  • Current jobs and opportunities available
Renfrewshire Leisure is looking for a Museum Editor to work with curators and other members of the team working on the new Paisley Museum:
Scottish Refugee Council are looking for a new Communications Officer with a background in journalism, PR or marketing:
  • Wishing you a merry Christmas and a successful 2020.
From all at the NUJ’s Scottish Office, we wish you a happy festive period, and a wonderful New Year.
With best wishes,

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