Your Noon Briefing: BAFTA Scotland new talent awards, Health journalism conference, etc

A COMPETITION celebrating the best of new talent in the Scots broadcasting sector has announced its nominations.

The BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards also recognise up-and-coming talent in film, gaming, etc.

The winners are being announced on the 25th of this month, in Glasgow.

View the shortlist, here.

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NEW information on how to possibly access funding support for a TV or film proposal from the quango, Creative Scotland, has been just been issued.

Says Creative Scotland: “The purpose of the Film and Television Funding Programme is to provide support to emerging and established film and television talent capable of creating distinctive and engaging work that promotes Scotland’s creativity.”

It follows an update yesterday that the organisation is “currently in the process of updating [its] funding approach in order to simplify the application process for both organisations and individuals”.

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AN annual awards competition celebrating Scotland’s best media coverage of refugee and asylum issues is calling for entries.

The deadline for entries to the Scottish Refugee Week Scotland Media Awards is May 7.

For more details, click here.

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A STORY featuring a couple visiting Islay is to appear during various commercial breaks on STV, in an ‘advertorial’ first for the station.

Says STV of the ‘native advertising': “Content Led Communication, developed by STV’s head of sponsorship, Debbie Robinson, is designed to tell great stories that are relevant to STV’s audience by engaging consumers in a social media environment and creating a point of difference from competitors.”

And the first campaign is on behalf of the tourism agency, VisitScotland, with the debut ‘advertorial’ broadcast on Friday, during a transmission of the soap opera, Coronation Street.

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THE Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) is seeking a communications manager and also a comms officer – as advertised here, on

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INTERESTING column on that common website feature, ‘Similar stories’.

Writes Cleland Thom – on – a magazine website carried a story that didn’t reflect well on a restaurant.

And, under (automatically-generated) ‘Similar stories’, there was alongside a favourable review of another restaurant, whose owner is understood to have been less than chuffed that the one story was sitting alongside the other.

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VIGOROUS conversation on Twitter last night, during and after a debate in Edinburgh about the Scots media and the upcoming referendum on independence, with the panel (chaired by Joyce McMillan) comprising Iain Macwhirter, Peter Murray and Lesley Riddoch.

Some big names in the audience too.

Catch up/take part via #scotsmedia.

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HEALTH journalists are being invited to attend a conference to discuss concerns that reporting health and health PR might be ‘becoming riskier’.

Say organisers, First, Do No Harm “grew out of a growing awareness that health reporting was under increasing pressure at the same time as health services were facing cutbacks and massive reorganisation”.

Add the organisers: “Health stories are often complex and wide-ranging, with plenty of room for error – yet specialist health reporters are being cut back in newsrooms.”

The conference is being run by (and at) the University of Coventry, between May 14 and 16. It is being supported by the Medical Journalists’ Association, the NUJ and the European Federation of Journalists.

For more information, click here.

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