Your Noon Briefing: Journalists’ panel in goNORTH festival programme, NRS, etc

AN annual festival of the creative industries – including filmmaking – taking place in the Highlands and Islands has lined up a star-studded panel of journalists to share, among other things, their experience of how to generate media interest.

A week today, the goNORTH festival will be welcoming film critic, Siobhan Synnot, the Sunday Herald’s group arts editor, Alan Morrison, and the Daily Record and Sunday Mail feature writer, Paul English, on a panel titled, ‘Meet the Broadcast, Broadsheet & Tabloid Journalists’.

The event, taking place in Inverness, will also include freelance photographer, Drew Farrell, and Nicola McAlley, STV reporter, Highlands and Islands.

goNORTH describes itself as ‘an annual festival aimed at forging a career in the creative industries’.

For more details, click here.

Read here, also, an interview with the former BBC Scotland drama producer, Amanda Millen, now director of goNORTH. This year, the festival will involve 120 speakers and is expected to attract over 1,000 visitors.

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SAYS the National Readership Survey, between April last year and March this year, an average 1,061,000 people at some point read The Scotsman per month, either in print or online.

The figure is ‘de-duplicated'; ie does not count twice people who read the title both in print and online.

The corresponding figure, meanwhile, for The Herald is 833,000.

Read more, next week, in the allmediascotland The Media in Figures feature.

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AS mentioned in a media release posted yesterday on, the first episodes of an upcoming Gaelic TV series, Bannan, will be premiered at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, taking place next month.

Read here The Scotsman’s report of the announcement.

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A WEDDING magazine published by DC Thomson has appointed a new editor.

Begins the Dundee-based publishers, here: “Scottish Wedding Directory has appointed Natasha Radmehr as editor of its print title.

“In the role, Natasha will be responsible for overseeing the magazine’s editorial direction and managing the Scottish Wedding Directory magazine team. She will work with the team to build brand awareness and develop new and existing audiences.

“Natasha joined Scottish Wedding Directory in 2011. Working on the features team, she was responsible for delivering creative ideas and developing news and feature articles for Scottish Wedding Directory magazine. As part of the wider editorial team, Natasha was also responsible for building the magazine’s brand values and driving awareness of the title.”

The magazine is published quarterly.

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MEANWHILE, the chief executive of DC Thomson is lined up as one of the speakers at the annual conference of the Professional Publishers Association (Scotland).

Ellis Watson is one of several big names secured for the PPA Scotland’s ‘Magfest’, taking place in September.

Among those also on the bill is Audra Martin, vice-president at The Economist Group; Diane Kenwood, editor of Woman’s Weekly; editorial development director, Andy Cowles; and Chris Phin, editor of MacFormat.

For more details, read here.

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A DIRECTOR with the law firm Pinsent Masons, in Edinburgh, has been named a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Alastair Ross – who also has worked for the Edinburgh Evening News, Beattie Media and Bank of Scotland – was one of six fellows announced, UK-wide, by the CIPR.

Says the CIPR, fellowships are awarded for ‘outstanding contribution to the CIPR and the public relations industry’.

His fellowship is announced here, in the form of a Q&A interview.

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THE publisher of The Scotsman and several other Scots newspapers has posted notice of its next annual general meeting, along with its company report for last year.

The Johnston Press AGM is taking place on the 27th of next month.

For more, read here.

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