Your Noon Briefing: The Portobello Reporter, Juliet Simpson, etc

A PARTY for contributors to, and supporters of, a free, quarterly newspaper serving the Edinburgh coastal suburb of Portobello is taking place on Thursday.

The Portobello Reporter – which is distributed to 12,500 homes – is celebrating its 35th birthday.

The not-for-profit organisation behind the tabloid involves volunteers, Karen Combe, Brenda Molony, Margaret Munro, Peter Ross and Eric Wishart.

It was founded by Nick Child, Bill Davidson, Paddy Ross and the late Hazel Reid, with the first edition comprising photocopied A4 pages, a print run of 100 and a cover price of 10p.

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A MUST-read read on the website,, by GA Ponsonby, and headed, ‘Scotland’s “alternative media’ has a long way to go if it is to succeed’.

He calls for increased collaboration among the various well-known Scots ‘news and views’ websites out there, not least when it comes to chasing down news stories.

Check it out, here.

Meanwhile, a recently-launched Scots website is inviting fellow ‘alternative media’ operators to a party, to celebrate its first six months in operation.

Says CommonSpace, about its gathering on Sunday: “A host of Scotland’s other new media outlets and bloggers will be there for the party, as well as guest speakers, DJs, documentary screenings and some IRL [in real life] media activities. “

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THE Scots broadcaster, Nicky Campbell, has been awarded an OBE.

The co-presenter on BBC Radio five live’s breakfast show received the award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for services to children, including as a patron of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering.

He was joined by fellow Scots, Steven Moffat (OBE) and Albert Watson (also OBE).

TV writer and producer, Moffat, is arguably best known for his work on TV dramas, Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Watson, meanwhile, is an acclaimed photographer, best known for his fashion, celebrity and art work.

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THE Guardian’s Severin Carrell writes of BBC Scotland staff considering industrial action over the handling of a grievance and allegations of bullying.

Read more, here.

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BEGINS The Scotsman: “Inverness social media firm, Tuminds, has become the first company in the sector to achieve the twin accolade of Investors in People and Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation.”

Read more, here.

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THE founder and chair of Edinburgh-based PR agency, Stripe Communications, has been appointed a member of the board tasked with marketing the city of Edinburgh.

Says Edinburgh Marketing, the appointment of Juliet Simpson brings a “fresh, strategic communications approach and years of industry experience to the organisation”.

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