Your Noon Briefing: Scottish Press Awards, spying on journalists’ sources, etc

THE 37th Scottish Press Awards has issued a call for entries.

A deadline of the 13th of next month has been set for entries, with the details to be found on the website of organisers, the Scottish Newspaper Society.

The shortlist will be published during the second week of March, with the awards ceremony taking place in Glasgow on Thursday, April 21.

Read more, here.

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Begins the BBC: “Police broke new rules over intercepting communications due to a ‘misjudgement’, a senior policeman has told MSPs.

“DCC Neil Richardson [yesterday] told [MSPs on] the justice committee [at the Scottish Parliament] that Det Supt David Donaldson had ‘misinterpreted’ a 22-day old code.

“He said the ‘aggressive’ pace of change in rules had contributed to the error.

“A watchdog said Police Scotland’s ‘failures’ while trying to obtain details of journalist’s sources could ‘properly be viewed as reckless’.”

The story is widely reported, including here ( and here (The Herald).

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A SENIOR reporter is being sought by the Evening Telegraph newspaper – as advertised here, on the media jobs board.

Please do mention when replying to any vacancies being showcased on the site.

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AS previously intimated, next Tuesday: the last Your Noon Briefing. Two years ago, began to curate media news already ‘out there’, having previously sourced stories itself.

And now the site format is to change yet again.

Remaining: media jobs, media releases and the media shop. Upcoming: a hopefully much more effective media directory.

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BEGINS an article in the Strathspey & Badenoch Herald: “A real life mystery set in the ancient woodlands on the hills above Loch Ness is the inspiration for a new drama to be broadcast [a week today] on BBC Radio Scotland

“The story told in the ‘The Coffin Road’ – by Inverness writer, Iain Hector Ross – was borne out of his discovery of an abandoned 1950’s Bedford truck while taking photographs deep in the Ness-side woods.

“Another element of the broadcast drawn from real life is the theme music.

“The Highland air was composed by Mr Ross as he was writing the play and contemplating the loss of his friend, Strathy reporter Clive Dennier.

“Clive, who was based at the newspaper’s office in Kingussie, died in a hillwalking accident in Knoydart in March 2013.”

Read more, here.

The broadcast is a week today, on BBC Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth Show, 1400-1600.

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IT was Scots broadcaster, James Naughtie’s final appearance this morning on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

And The Herald reports (here): “James Naughtie was bowing out of the Today programme after 21 years on the flagship BBC Radio 4 show.

“The veteran broadcaster was greeted with tributes from politicians and fellow journalists as he presented the show for the final time.

“Naughtie, who is leaving to become a special correspondent for the station, has said he will not miss the alarm going off at 2.59am on mornings he presents the show but admitted he would ‘long for the camaraderie of the studio’.”

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THE Marketing Society Scotland’s Star Awards are showcased in an op ed by the competition’s chair, Paul Condron, marketing director with Tennent Caledonian Breweries.

It appears in today’s Scotsman newspaper, page 27.

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