Your Noon Briefing: PR consultant cycling for charity, citizen journalism, 48 social media terms you should know, etc

A SCOTS PR consultant is preparing to tackle a tough cycling challenge in the foothills of the Himalayas, to raise funds for charity.

Weber Shandwick account director, Stan Arnaud, will, in October, join a group of around 60 cyclists from all over the UK on the 508km-ride from Amritsar, Northern India, through the mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh, to Shimla.

He is doing it on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Do support his efforts, here.

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THE role of citizen journalism in shaping news agendas is to be the subject of a debate taking place in Glasgow next week.

The director of the Scottish Newspaper Society, John McLellan, is among the panellists at the event, being hosted by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

The debate is part of the SCVO’s The Gathering of voluntary organisations at the SECC.

It is open to the general public and free to attend. For more details, click here.

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COMING out in a moment: the official, audited circulation figures for consumer magazines. Find out more tomorrow, in our The Media in Figures feature.

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THE technology giant, Dell, is underlining its sponsorship of the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with a dedicated, ‘integrated’ marketing campaign.

The company is the Official IT Hardware and Data Centre Supporter of Glasgow 2014.

Read more, here.

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REALLY useful glossary: 48 social media terms ‘you should know’ – courtesy of The 60 Second Marketer, here.

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GLASGOW-based journalist and broadcaster, Jane Graham – who, among other things, is a film reviewer on BBC Radio Scotland and writes for The Big Issue magazine – has created a rather interesting competition.

In her current incarnation as Scottish Book Trust ‘Reader in Residence’ for North Lanarkshire, she has invited people to write poetry inspired by the tale of a local village, Bothwellhaugh, ‘drowned’ to make way for a reservoir.

The competition is open to entries from not just North Lanarkshire, but Cumbria and Gwynedd, in North Wales, too – where similar ‘village drownings’ have taken place.

The judging panel comprises Scots Makar, Liz Lochhead, Manic Street Preacher, Nicky Wire, and poet, Ian McMillan. The prize is Scots band, Mogwai, putting the winning entry to music.

For more, read here.

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THE Herald’s tale earlier this week about a person making legal history in Scotland by launching the first court case seeking the right for help to end his life is revisited today in the form of how the story actually came about.

Begins the paper’s health correspondent, Helen Puttick: “The best interviews I do are with ordinary people in extraordinary situations.”

Read the behind-the-scenes story, here.

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THE Daily Record newspaper is to report the work of the blood cancer charity, Anthony Nolan, as part of an editorial partnership between the charity (celebrating its 40th anniversary) and the paper’s publisher, Trinity Mirror.

The Daily Mirror newspaper and other Trinity Mirror titles – such as the Liverpool Echo and the Birmingham Mail – are also taking part in the initiative which, says company, has been “inspired by the work of former Huddersfield Examiner reporter, Adrian Sudbury, who died from leukaemia in 2008″.

Read more, here.

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