Your Noon Briefing: FreshAir, Tim Dawson, etc

CONGRATULATIONS to the Edinburgh University student radio station, FreshAir. It has been named a winner at awards held at the Student Radio Conference, held last week in Newcastle upon Tyne.

It was picked out in the ‘Best Outreach Project’ category of the I Love Student Radio Awards.

It was for work done with locally-based charity, Waverley Care.

Read more, here.

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BEGINS the website, “The BBC is offering 45 local apprenticeships in its radio stations across the UK as part of [director-general] Tony Hall’s pledge to open up the BBC to people from a wide range of backgrounds.

“Successful candidates will start their jobs in September, working as apprentice broadcast assistants in England and the Channel Islands, and apprentice content assistants in Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland.”

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A FORMER activist in the Edinburgh Freelance branch of the National Union of Journalists has been named the vice-president of the union.

Freelance writer, Tim Dawson, is also a former NUJ Scottish Executive vice-chair.

He is now based in the East of England and is chair of the union’s Freelance Industrial Council.

As vice-president, he is destined to become president in 2016.

For many years, he edited The Sunday Times Scotland’s ‘Home’ section. He also writes about cycling in The Sunday Times and is a columnist in the Times Education Supplement.

His election was announced during the NUJ’s delegate meeting, at the weekend, in Eastbourne.

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FORMER BBC Scotland environment correspondent, Louise Batchelor, writes in The Scotsman (here) about her support for the Scottish Green’s pro-Scots independence campaign.

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BEGINS Brian Donnelly, in The Herald today (here): “The Church of Scotland is calling for a ban on advertising gambling in sport amid concern about the ‘damaging effect’ on the lives of thousands of people.”

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HEADS up: There will be no Noon Briefing on Friday or the following Monday. Ditto, Daily Feature. But there will be a Friday Column.

So, after tomorrow’s Noon Briefing, the next on will be on Tuesday. Ditto, Daily Feature.

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