The two-year project will build the resilience of freelance journalists in the Ukraine and their ability to work safely and responsibly. Image credit: Dmitry  Serebryakov- freelance photographer/former RPT beneficiary Volodymyr Shuvaev is pictured.

The Rory Peck Trust has started work on a new project, funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) to strengthen independent journalism in Ukraine. Entitled “Supporting independent journalism in Ukraine by building freelance journalists’ resilience and ability to work safely and responsibly”, it will help freelancers in Ukraine gain …
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Nobel Literature Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich is the latest writer to have quit the Russian PEN Centre as part of a widening split within the organisation. Alexievich, who won her Nobel Prize in 2015, said that she was leaving the organisation to protest against the expulsion of journalist and activist …

Katherine Kreuter has been appointed to the board of Media Matters for Women. MMW is a US-registered NGO founded by Sharon Bylenga. They have pioneered the use of Bluetooth technology and local journalists to address the unmet information needs of women and girls in rural Africa. Their team of female …

BMJ, formerly British Medical Journal and now one of the world’s leading medical knowledge providers, has launched the Author Hub, a new platform to assist researchers in every field at every stage of the publishing process. The Author Hub is a comprehensive platform aimed at researchers who not only want …
Organiser Ken Skehan (front left) with the CIoJ freelance group and hosts

  At near-end 2016, newly appointed Freelance Division visits organiser Ken Skehan launched the new programme with a proverbial bang. The visit was to Harwell Campus, for many years headquarters of the UK Atomic Energy Research Establishment and currently a science park devoted to cutting-edge research, from super-energy laser radiation …
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A photographer is taking pictures of a crowd. For no reason, he’s knocked to the ground and kicked by the police. Six journalists are covering an angry street demonstration when they’re arrested, detained and charged with felony. Three of these journalists are freelancers. All have been exactly where they should …

The Associated Press announced today that AP Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee has been appointed as the news agency’s executive editor. Buzbee, who joined AP in 1988 as a reporter, has spent the last six years in Washington D.C. as chief of bureau, where she has overseen …

The Chartered Institute of Journalists has expressed concerns over ITV’s decision to move its iconic News At Ten programme to make way for “entertainment and trivial programming”. This is the second time the programme has been moved within ITV’s schedule. The first was in 1999. ITV claimed then that it …

The University of East Anglia, in Norwich, which is home to a world-leading creative writing programme, is now offering eight postgraduate scholarships, meaning more than a quarter of the 30 available places in 2017 are funded. “Our aim is to widen opportunity for the most talented writers, which is why …
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The recent announcement about the future of BBC Scotland is good news, both for Scottish television and for our film industry. For years the sector has been crying out to receive more back from the licence fee funds, so the additional £40 million that will now come back to us, …