Your Noon Briefing: Conference first for Scottish Newspaper Society, film and media appointment at Creative Scotland, etc

A CONFERENCE first is being organised by the Scottish Newspaper Society, to debate, among other things, Press self-regulation.

The conference is scheduled to take place on the afternoon prior to the Scottish Press Awards, which the SNS runs.

Says the SNS, about the event, on the 24th of next month: “[It] will discuss the new system of self-regulation, how success can be found in the digital age and whether the correct systems are in place to hold the powerful to account.

“Speakers will include Lord Black of Brentwood; Professor Philip Schlessinger; Scottish Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew; Media Scotland managing director, Allan Rennie; Sunday Herald editor, Richard Walker; and director of digital development at The BIG Partnership, Allan Barr.”

The conference is being run in association with partner, ScotRail.

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THE arts quango, Creative Scotland, has appointed a partner at ‘one of the UK’s leading media and entertainment law firms’ as its director of film and media.

As announced here, in a media release on allmediascotland, Natalie Usher is currently a partner in the film and TV group at Lee & Thompson, and that she “specialises in the financing, production and distribution of film and TV, representing producers and financiers”.

She takes up her new post in May.

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QUESTIONS about copyright – particularly as they apply to TV, film and music – are tackled in a new website launched by academics from, among other places, the University of Glasgow.

Says a report on the Glasgow University website: “With the way in which TV, movies and music are produced, distributed and consumed changed forever, questions of copyright have never been more relevant.”

It continues: “ is a new website that seeks to answer some of these thorny questions.”

Copyrightuser describes itself as “an independent online resource aimed at making UK Copyright Law accessible to creators and members of the public”.

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ADVICE on how to embark on a career in the media is being offered at a two-day event in Glasgow, that kicked off earlier today.

Say organisers, Creative Loop, in a media release about their Student Media Festival: “Featuring an enviable line-up of media sector professionals at the top of their profession, this year’s festival boasts its most impressive programme yet and is specifically designed for Scotland’s emerging talent in digital media, radio and film and television.”

Among those on the bill are George Ergatoudis, head of Music at BBC Radio 1, Martel Maxwell (author and broadcaster), Des Clarke (Capital FM), Paul Harper (Real Radio) and George Bowie (Clyde 1).

It’s free to attend and no registration is necessary. It continues tomorrow.

For more details, click here.

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EAGLE-eyed readers might have recognised the name, Alan Smart – aka ‘Citizen Smart’ – reportedly told in court that he had no case to answer over a protest song performed outside a Tory Party conference, in Stirling last year.

As The Herald notes, it’s Alan Smart, “a former head of current affairs at STV and who has also run broadcasting at the Scottish Parliament…”.

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THE Scots journalist, Sheena McDonald, has been named a member of a commission tasked to overhaul the child protection policies of the Scottish Catholic Church.

The McLellan Commission – reports the Scottish Catholic Observer – is being headed by the Very Reverend Dr Andrew McLellan, a former moderator of the Church of Scotland and a former head of HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland.

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THE Scottish Police Federation has reportedly worked with what is described as a ’boutique production company’ to produce three films showing what the police does.

Says The Drum media and marketing magazine, of the SPF’s #itswhatwedo initiative: “The three films aim to raise awareness of the difficult decisions police officers are faced with. Commissioned by Tinker Taylor TV to produce the three films, Brain Candy Films brought each of the three stories to life through the use of a single, continuous take, a method decided upon by Brain Candy’s director of photography, James Stoneley, and director, Simon Ellis.”

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ORIGINAL copies of a magazine edited by First World War poet, Wilfred Owen, while he recovered from shell shock in Scotland, have been reportedly found after a near decade-long search.

Says The Scotsman: “Three copies of ‘The Hydra’, the magazine of Craiglockhart War Hospital, now part of Edinburgh Napier University, have been donated to institution.”

Among others, The Herald also reports the tale, as does STV.

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MONDAY’S edition of Your Noon Briefing noted a meeting taking place later that day, to discuss comics.

Yesterday’s Herald newspaper carried both a report and a leader comment about it.

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