Your Noon Briefing: Edinburgh first for new Press regulator, Refugee Week Scotland Media Awards, etc

EDINBURGH is to be the location of the first public meeting to be held by the new UK-wide Press regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

The event being held in conjunction with Edinburgh Napier University, the general public is being invited to air its views about Press regulation. It is taking place a week on Monday.

Says Edinburgh Napier: “Newly-appointed chair of IPSO, Sir Alan Moses, Professor Natalie Fenton from the campaign group, Hacked Off, and Scottish Newspaper Society director, John McLellan, [have]  all confirmed to speak at the event.”

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‘POTENTIAL’ job cuts at the BBC in Scotland have been cited as among the reasons why the National Union of Journalists is to hold a ballot of its members at the Corporation on possible industrial action.

But the main reason – identified here, on the NUJ website – is what is being described as a “derisory pay deal of one per cent”.

A motion voted unanimously for by BBC Mothers and Fathers of Chapel includes the line: “This MFoC group further condemns the new onslaught of job losses, in News, Radio and potentially in Scotland…”

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REPORTS InPublishing: “Johnston Press [publisher of The Scotsman and several other Scots newspapers, has] announced the launch of Scottish Independence, a new digital platform focused around the Scottish independence debate. The site aggregates content from across the internet, including The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, user engagement and social media channels.”

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BEGINS a media release, here: “Businesses who use a scattergun approach to marketing are set to lose out to those who harness the power of individuals, according to a panel of marketing experts [including Scots] at a round table debate in Glasgow.

“The development and growth of the internet has created unlimited opportunities for businesses to target new customers but brands must filter this down to the individual to avoid being lost in the crowd.”

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A SHORT film about a refused asylum seeker living alone in one of Glasgow’s massive Red Road tower blocks is among the nominations in an awards competition celebrating journalism about refugee and asylum issues.

The Refugee Week Scotland Media Awards will be announcing its winners a week on Friday.

The shortlist can be viewed, here, in a media release posted by the British Red Cross.

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WIDELY reported, including here in The Courier: “Tributes have been paid to a well-known Perth [freelance] photographer who died after collapsing in the city centre on Sunday.

“Former Perthshire Advertiser chief photographer, Graeme Lafferty, had been taking photographs of the Kirkin’ of the Council when he took ill on the High Street around 10.30am.”

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BEGINS The Guardian’s media pundit, Roy Greenslade: “Accredited sports journalists covering the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next month will not have to pay as much as they thought for Wi-Fi access.

And some will not have to pay anything at all, reports the Sports Journalists’ Association.

“It has welcomed the organisers’ decision halve the original fee to £47.50 plus VAT, and the agreement to allow the same Wi-Fi account to be used on two devices simultaneously.”

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TRAINING on how to be an entrepreneurial freelance is being hosted by the National Union of Journalists, in Glasgow, on Saturday.

Being led by Francis Shennan, the course outline reads: “The Entrepreneurial Freelance is aimed at providing the knowledge to understand the dramatically-changed business and technological environments in which we must work. This course is based on 20 years’ experience of freelancing, of covering the business, financial and technology worlds, and meeting many of the exponents of the new freelancing.

“The objective is to enable freelances to become entrepreneurial, able to target new markets and manage their marketing, to take control of production and distribution, including using websites, blogging, online publication and print-on-demand.”

Places are free for NUJ members, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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