McLeod reveals inspiration behind the Scottish Media Academy

INSPIRED by her children and frustrated with media education, a former broadcast journalist set up a media academy that has, since its launch last year, trained over 200 people in various media skills.

Courtnay McLeod, director of the academy, worked as a presenter for Border Television before she moved into academia. But the former media lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University found herself increasingly frustrated by what she considered to be a gap between theoretical teaching and the practical demands of an ever-evolving media landscape.

This feeling was amplified when she watched her own children at home familiarising themselves with new technology. She tells The Scotsman newspaper today how her ten months-old daughter managed to unlock her iPhone and look at pictures of herself.

Together with Bauer Media Scotland – which operates several Scottish commercial radio stations such as Clyde 1 in Glasgow and Forth One in Edinburgh – she set up the Scottish Media Academy.

Writes Kristy Dorsey, tutors include well-established Scottish journalists such as presenter of STV’s Scotland Tonight programme, Rona Dougall, and freelancer Billy Briggs, whose work has been featured in, among others, The Observer and The Guardian.

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