Your Noon Briefing: Scottish Student Journalist of the Year, Charles McGhee, etc

A STUDENT at Strathclyde University has been named Scottish Student Journalist of the Year.

Sam Shedden spent over three weeks exploring the ‘deep web’, speaking to both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ hackers and delving into a world potentially murkier than the web that we are all familiar with.

It had been prompted by a character in the TV political drama, House of Cards, and the the resulting 1,100-word article appeared on a website run by himself and fellow students,

To enter the deep web involved acquiring a secure browser that allowed him to roam privately and feeling – on his own words – “a complete newcomer”. On one occasion, it was put to him that if he saw an angry dog barking in a garden, would he then go and pat it?

He is is currently sudying for a masters degree in digital journalism and last night, at the awards ceremony, he also took the Feature of the Year prize.

Read more about the awards, here.

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ONE of the two partners in BBC ALBA has appointed a recent former Scotland member of the ‘content board’ at broadcasting regulators, Ofcom, to a new role within the organisation.

MG ALBA – the Scottish Government-funded Gaelic Media Service – has announced the appointment of Iseabail Mactaggart to the post of director of Development and Partnership.

Says a media release posted here on “The new role is aimed at strengthening the commercial and creative impact of the Gaelic media production sector.”

The other partner in BBC ALBA is the BBC.

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IT’S the final day to enter an entry into awards celebrating “effective digital strategies and campaigns”.

The UK-wide DADIs are being run by the Glasgow-based The Drum media and marketing magazine.

For more details, click here.

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BEGINS The Herald newspaper: “A former editor of The Herald is one of 12 people appointed to the board of the body to lead the new press regulator.

“Charles McGhee, who held the position from 2006 until 2008, will sit on the board of Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) when it replaces the Press Complaints Commission next month.

“Charles Wilson, a former editor of our sister paper the Evening Times, will also join the board, along with pensions expert Ros Altmann, Richard Reed, the co-founder of Innocent, Sir Tom Phillips, former UK Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Anne Lapping, vice-chairman of the Council and Court of the London School of Economics.”

And begins The Drum media and marketing magazine: “The new press industry regulator Ipso has a “huge job” to do in order to gain the public’s trust in the self-regulation of the press, according to Charles McGhee, a member of the organisation’s inaugural board.”

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THE BBC may have been mocked by some for reportedly removing the word, ‘girl’, from a documentary – allegedly because it might cause ‘offence’, following this remark: “I am not sure I can live that down – being beaten by a 19 year-old girl.”.

But there’s been approval too, including from The Scotsman columnist, Fiona McCade – here.

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BEGINS (here): “Johnston Press [publisher of The Scotsman and several other Scots newspapers] has cut the cost of servicing its debt by £20 million a year and will be using part of the money to invest in journalism, its chief executive has said.”

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TICKETS have gone on sale for a TV programmes awards ceremony, taking place in Glasgow next month.

On June 11, the first-ever Royal Television Society Scotland Programmes Awards is taking place, and members of the general public, as well as RTS members, are being invited to attend.

The shortlist was announced earlier this week.

For tickets, go here.

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