Your Noon Briefing: Radio bosses panel discussion, IPA Bellwether Report, etc

BEGINS the website, “Five radio managers are lined up for the next Radio Academy Scotland Branch event in Glasgow.

“Graham Bryce from Bauer Media, Communicorp’s Gavin Bruce, Adam Findlay from Central FM/Original FM, Global’s Tracey McNellan and Jeff Zycinski from BBC Scotland will all appear on the panel in Glasgow on October 29th.

“The event is already a sell-out but you’ll be able to follow the action on and @RadioTodayLive.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS The Drum media and marketing magazine: “Marketing budgets are set to rise for the tenth consecutive quarter but to the weakest degree, driven by mounting worries about the global economy as marketers demand greater accountability, according to the latest [Institute of Practitioners in Advertising] Bellwether Report.

“Ad spend increases were claimed by 4.4 per cent of companies surveyed in the third quarter, a sharp drop on the 12.2 per cent jump posted in the second quarter.”

Read more, here. And also here, on the IPA website.

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ENTRIES have now opened for entries to the Sports Journalism Awards 2015.

The closing date is January 13, with the awards ceremony taking place on February 22.

Read more, here.

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THE annual journalism skills conference hosted by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) has been scheduled for next month.

It is taking place in Birmingham on the 26th and 27th of next month.

Says the NCTJ: “The annual Journalism Skills Conference is a must-attend event for those who are passionate about quality multimedia journalism.

“This year, the NCTJ is teaming up with the BBC, taking the conference to the heart of their training operation. Seminars will be held at The Mailbox, one of the BBC’s main UK centres and the training ground for the BBC’s journalism apprenticeship schemes in conjunction with City of Wolverhampton College.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS an announcement from the Carnegie UK Trust: [We yesterday] published a new report, profiling the activities of five hyperlocal news groups in the UK which are improving local news provision and democratic accountability in their communities: Click and Connect: Case studies of innovative hyperlocal news providers.

“The report coincides with the launch of Local Web List, a revamped directory of hyperlocal news providers across the UK and Ireland. The aim of Local Web List is to make it easier for policymakers and mainstream media outlets to engage with the hyperlocal news sector; help hyperlocals to establish stronger links with each other if they wish to do so; and make it easier for citizens to identify new, reputable, independent sources of local news in their area.”

There is an In My Opinion – published here, on – by Carnegie UK Trust policy officer, Lauren Pennycook.

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A FREE, monthly newspaper that ceased publication two months ago – to become an online-only operation – has been resurrected, as a weekly paid-for.

Island News & Advertiser will have a smaller geographical spread than its predecessor, this time the islands of North and South Uist, plus Benbecula.

Its editor is Susy MacAulay.

Macaulay told “We’re hoping to build circulation to around 1,500 – the population here is around 5,000.

“People were devastated two months ago when their ‘great wee paper’, as they called it, stopped being printed.”

The new publication – the first issue, A4 in size, being published today – is retailing for 80p.

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