Allmediascotland blog section launches with 16 media columns

SIXTEEN new columns about the media are launching today on, as the site unveils its new blogs section.

Covering pretty much all corners of the Scottish media scene, the bloggers will be each writing regularly on advertising, broadcasting, digital media, print media and public relations.

They can be found mid-way down the front page: In My Opinion.

And they are, and a warm welcome to:

Ellen Arnison is a freelance writer, formerly with the Daily Star of Scotland and the Scottish Daily Mirror. Author of ‘Blogging for Happiness: A Guide to Improving Positive Mental Health (and Wealth) from Your Blog’.

Neil Braidwood is head of CMYK magazine design and publishing company and vice-chair of PPA Scotland.

John Collins is a lecturer in radio broadcasting at Reid Kerr College in Paisley, following a 25-year career on both sides of the microphone at both the BBC and in commercial radio in Scotland.

Scott Douglas is director of Holyrood PR and also founder of Deadline News Agency. He is a former reporter with the Daily Record, The Journal and the Edinburgh Evening News.

Atholl Duncan is a former head of news and current affairs at BBC Scotland and is now executive director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland.

Mark Gorman is a marketing consultant and was co-founder of the former advertising agency, 1576.

Bill Heaney is a former editor of the Lennox Herald and a former special adviser, on the regional Press, at Holyrood and Westminster.

Paul Holleran is the Scottish Organiser for the National Union of Journalists.

Ian MacKenzie is media project manager at Channel 4’s Creative Diversity department.

Derek Masterton is the media relations officer for the British Red Cross in Scotland. He is a former assistant news editor with the Daily Record.

Craig McGill has written for – or been a member of staff at – TIME Magazine, The Guardian, Daily Mirror, The Scotsman, Evening Times, The Press & Journal, The Sun and Evening Times. An author of four non-fiction books, he has been recently appointed a lecturer in ‘cross-platform journalism’ at Edinburgh Napier University.

Courtnay McLeod is director of the Scottish Media Academy and regularly teaches broadcast journalism at various universities and colleges.

Lisa-Nicole Mitchell is a third-year BA in Journalism student at Edinburgh Napier University.

Francis Shennan is director of and Visiting Lecturer in journalism and law at Westminster, Stirling and Strathclyde universities.

Paul Tucker is a lecturer in broadcast production at the School of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of the West of Scotland. He has worked as a producer/director in broadcast television for over 20 years.

Stewart Weir is proprietor of weirmediaworks, specialising in online content, PR and media consultancy, and a former chief sportswriter with the Scottish Mirror.