Your Noon Briefing: Joe Watson Memorial Apprenticeship, advertising support call, etc

THE Press and Journal has set up an apprenticeship scheme in memory of Joe Watson, its farming editor who died last year, aged just 43.

Says the paper, in an announcement, here: “[Joe] was highly respected and much admired throughout the world of journalism and the agriculture industry.

“As part of Apprentice 100, The Press and Journal wants to do its bit to create awareness of issues surrounding apprenticeships and boost employment prospects for young people in the north and north-east.

“The Joe Watson Memorial Apprenticeship will give a young person a golden opportunity to gain experience at Aberdeen Journals.”

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THE autumn schedule for BBC ALBA was unveiled yesterday – the details of which are published in a media release, posted on, here.

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DOMINATING page three of today’s Scotsman, a piece by arts correspondent, Brian Ferguson, that begins: “Scottish television drama needs another Taggart to boost its flagging fortunes, leading producers have said.

“Since the police procedural ended its 30-year run in 2011, television drama in Scotland has been in the doldrums with short-lived programmes failing to fill the gap left by the enduring Glasgow-based detective series.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS “Government statistics suggest the number of employed journalists has declined by 6,000 from a peak of 70,000 in 2013.

“The latest figures, for the year to June 2015, estimate that 64,000 people in the UK describe themselves as ‘journalists, newspaper and periodical editors’.

“This is a slight increase on the figure for the year to June 2014 of 60,000, but still a decline on the 2013 total.

“Meanwhile, the number describing themselves as ‘public relations professionals’ as risen sharply from 37,000 in 2013 to 55,000 in the last data.

“The Labour Force Survey figures for 2015 say that of the 64,000 UK journalists: 40,000 are employed full-time and 5,000 are employed part-time; 8,000 are self-employed full-time; and 10,000 are self-employed part-time.”

Read more, here.

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THE chair of the Scots division of advertising representative body, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, is calling for a single body – at government level – to champion the sector in Scotland.

Says the IPA, Brian Coane’s comments – in an article, here – form “part of the advertising industry’s response to the Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into the Creative Industries in Scotland”.

The story is picked up by The Herald, here.

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IT’S billed as one of the toughest obstacle courses in the world and a team from Edinburgh-based PR agency, Holyrood Partnership, are taking part – hoping to, among other things, raise money for charity.

Total Warrior is descending on North Berwick, in East Lothian, this weekend, and the capital outfit – led by co-founders, Scott Douglas and Raymond Notarangelo –  have been training for it, for months.

And so far they have raised £340 to help disadvantaged kids attend an SSC summer camp, described as “a charity dedicated to getting kids outdoors, having fun and making lifelong friendships”.

Donate here.

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