Your Noon Briefing: Online media awards, headline writing tips, World War One, etc

SCOTLAND has reportedly missed out on the chance for a multi-million film and TV studio through “naivety” and “inaction”.

Writes Phil Miller, in The Herald today: “Glasgow-born [Hollywood producer] Iain Smith, whose movie credits include Cold Mountain, Children of Men, the new Mad Max movie, Fury Road and US series 24, spoke out after [studio giant] Pinewood Shepperton yesterday unveiled plans for a major new four-stage film studio [… in Wales].”

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NINE top tips on writing a headline…

Begins the article on the website, “Writing for the web, print and social media can all be very different, but what should journalists bear in mind when writing headlines?”

Read more more, here.

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A COMPETITION celebrating “journalistic excellence in digital journalism”, has issued a call for entries.

The Online Media Awards, run by The Drum media and marketing magazine, has a deadline of the 14th of next month.

For more details, click here.

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ROSEMARY Goring, in yesterday’s Herald newspaper, adds her voice – here – to concern that a disproportionate number of murder victims in TV crime dramas appear to be young women.

At the weekend, meanwhile, she penned a review of the latest novel by well-kent journalist, Allan Massie. It was part review, part interview.

She writes: “Now in his mid-seventies – Massie was born in 1938 in Singapore in Malaya, where his Aberdeenshire father was a rubber planter – he is almost as prolific and certainly every bit as enquiring as when he started out. Unlike any other novelist in the country, he has combined a high-profile career as a novelist with the daily demands of freelance journalism, writing prolifically on politics, sport and books for such publications as the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman, Sunday Times and the Spectator. If nothing else, being one of the few Tory writers in Scotland, he tells me through a perpetual cloud of cigar smoke, has been useful in terms of paying the bills.”

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THE Guardian’s media pundit, Roy Greenslade, is somewhat bemused by a headline in the Sunday Mail newspaper, at the weekend – as he writes, here.

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BBC Scotland has launched what it describes as “ambitious coverage of the centenary of World War One with a project to air 100 stories from the across the country”.

Begins a media release it has issued: “‘World War One at Home’ will feature a wealth of compelling stories on BBC Radio Scotland programmes over four years.”

Among the TV programmes on offer, there is one – One Hundred Years of The Sunday Post [newspaper] – telling “the story of how the newspaper rose from its beginnings as a war-time newsletter”.

Read more, here.

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THE BBC has been criticised for playing an extract of an Irish rebel song during its top 40 music chart show at the weekend, the song being part of a campaign by Celtic FC fans opposed to anti-sectarian laws introduced by the Scottish Government.

The Independent newspaper quotes Democratic Unionist MP, Gregory Campbell, calling for a ban on the song. He is also quoted in the Belfast Telegraph.

The song had entered the chart at No.33.

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THE average viewer watched three hours and 55 minutes of TV a day last year, it is being reported.

And, says the BBC’s take on research issued yesterday, just three-and-a-half minutes a day was watched via mobile devices.

Read more, here.

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THE mainstream media in Scotland is being challenged to consider how it might make use of material posted on a twitter feed, concerning recent changes in the ownership and stewardship of Rangers FC.

Reports The Drum media and marketing magazine: “Secret recordings released by the anonymous @CharlotteFakes twitter account can be given in evidence in a £28 million legal action…”.

The mainstream media has thus far seemed reluctant to quote from the twitter account, possibly because of data protection issues.

The Drum quotes the chief correspondent at Channel 4 News, Alex Thomson, saying in a tweet: “So – finally some of the Charlotte Fakes material may be legally published by the MSM [mainstream media].”

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