Why I have never used their site I do not know – I stumbled upon it quite by accident and spent several hours tracing through the links and resources they have.
You can find the site here.
The link is to the media resources for the London freelancers part of the site, but this itself is only a small taste of what is on offer.
As a research resource it is brilliant and I particularly liked the help it gave on how to handle using translation engines. I frequently use Babelfish (Babel from the biblical tower where different languages were spoken and Babel Fish from the Douglas Adams invention in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy). I speak rusty French and Jurassic Russian, and use the site when I’m writing or reading material in either language as a check on my own understanding. The advice the NUJ site gives is to use more than one translation engine so you are able to comprehend better the “shadow of meaning” that the words convey. I like that phrase “shadow of meaning” and the advice is sound.
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