Your Noon Briefing: Scotland’s ‘national digital conference’, Ken Symon, etc

BEGINS The Scotsman today: “Better Together campaign has hired former business journalist, Ken Symon, to head up its business engagement programme. Symon, a former business editor at The Scotsman, who now runs Glasgow-based Symon Media, will be supported by fellow hack, Jim Innes, who joins the communications team.

“Innes’s career has included the West Highland Free Press and Radio Forth, and he was part of the Labour media team for the 1997 devolution referendum campaign and the first elections to the Scottish Parliament in 1999.”

Symon is also a former business editor of the Sunday Herald newspaper, which reported his appointment on its page 15 – here.

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IT is a survey of journalists that elicited 358 responses and makes no apology for being non-scientific. But the results suggest that many journalists feel underpaid.

Take a look here, at the survey results collated by the news and entertainment website, BuzzFeed, which asked four questions: Are you male or female? How much do you earn? How senior are you? And, do you think you are underpaid?

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SENIOR figures from Google, Microsoft and the BBC are among the speakers addressing what is being described as “Scotland’s national digital conference” on Thursday and Friday.

Say the organisers of the D14 Summit, which is taking place in Glasgow, “up to 400 people from Scotland’s creative and digital sectors are expected to attend the event”.

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A SENIOR graphic designer is being sought to work at Police Scotland. The post is initially for six months with monthly reviews, thereafter. The vacancy is being advertised here on and repeated on our dedicated media jobs twitter feed, allmediajobs.

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ONGOING debate as to whether BBC Scotland is showing bias in favour or against the Yes campaign for Scottish independence has taken yet another twist, this time the focus being on the BBC Radio Scotland news flagship, Good Morning Scotland.

It follows research commissioned by the website,, by Professor John Robertson, from the University of Scotland, who, earlier this year, had concluded, from a study of the BBC, ITV and STV, a 3:2 ratio in favour of the campaign against Scots independence (figures later vigorously disputed by the BBC).

Says Newsnet Scotland, Professor Robertson analysed the tone of interviews during a month’s worth of GMS programmes.

Read more, here.

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