Your Noon Briefing: Scots nominated in RTS Student TV Awards, Peter Steele, etc

SEVERAL Scots students have been nominated in an UK-wide competition celebrating the best of student television.

The winners of the Royal Television Society’s Student Television Awards will be announced on the 16th of next month.

And among those in the running, in the Postgraduate Factual category, is Chico Pereira, for Pablo’s Winter.

Pereira’s nomination is via the Edinburgh-based Scottish Screen Academy – which provides courses in the likes of film and photography and is a collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and the Edinburgh College of Art.

And from the College of Art, Adam Gierasimiuk is nominated – in the Undergraduate Animation category – for Poyo and Neko.

Meanwhile, in the Undergraduate Entertainment, Ally Lockhart, Ruth Gallacher, Chris McGarrity, Kyle Spence and Guy Thomson – all from the City of Glasgow College – are nominated, for Fist Punch.

And in the Undergraduate Factual category, Pawel Grzyb, Christopher McGill and Michal Zagorski – from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design – are shortlisted for Untold Story.

Plus, in the Undergraduate Fiction category, Michael Crumley, Rosemary Levine and Jonathan Blair – from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – are nominated for Hannah.

For more information, click here.

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THE former owner of a group of press agencies in Scotland has died, aged 71.

Three years ago, Peter Steele sold (as reported here) his Hard Edge Media company to Bristol-based SWNS. It comprised the Northscot, CentrePress and Capital Press agencies in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh, respectively.

Says an announcement by the National Association of Press Agencies, his funeral is at Broadly Crematorium, near Buckie, at 2.30pm next Friday, the 18th.

Reports the pressgazette website, his career included reporting the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, in 1974, and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. adds he was diagnosed five years ago with colon cancer.

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AN obituary of a former picture editor of The Scotsman is appearing in the paper today (here).

allmediascotland yesterday reported the funeral of Stewart Boyd is taking place tomorrow.

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BEGINS The Drum media and marketing magazine, about its Scottish Design Awards, the shortlist of which has just been announced: “Freytag Anderson, Stand, Tayburn, Whitespace, Contagious and Suisse are just some of the agencies making this year’s design shortlist, highlighting the best and brightest stars in the Scottish design industry.”

The winners will be announced on June 5, in Glasgow.

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WHY might the independence debate provide a ‘great opportunity’ for Scots brands? The possible implications of the upcoming referendum on Scots independence on the country’s marketing industry – plus the upcoming Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games, also taking place in Scotland this year – is considered in an opinion piece, here.

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APPLICATIONS are being sought for grants to undertake training in printing, publishing or the graphic arts.

The invitation comes from the Print Futures Awards, launched in 2003.

For more details, click here. The deadline for applications is May 30.

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MORE than one in four British households are said to own a tablet computer – according to figures quoted in The Herald yesterday.

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BEGINS the article in The Guardian (here): “If you’ve ever wanted to subject Jeremy Paxman to a taste of his own medicine, now’s your chance – grilling the Newsnight and University Challenge presenter is just one of the elements of a new stage show, PAXO, that will take place at the Edinburgh fringe festival this year.”

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IT’S first-come, first-served for the remaining places on a course about creating and managing your own website, taking place in Glasgow later this month.

Being run by the National Union of Journalists, the day-long course is being staged twice, on the 24th of this month, followed by the 25th.

For more details, email Joan Macdonald on

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