Your Noon Briefing: Student prize, Tour de France invite, etc

A REPORTER at the Dunfermline Press newspaper has been presented with an award recognising a student journalist who died suddenly after graduating.

Hayley Parr, 21, who graduated with first-class honours in multimedia journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University, was presented with the Darren Joliny Award by East Kilbride MP, Michael McCann – uncle of Darren, who died suddenly soon after he graduated with a BA in journalism three years ago.

Read more here.

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ONE of the leading authorities on rock music in Scotland, Tom Russell, will be in conversation about his life and times on air and all things rock at the station where it all started for him – Radio Clyde.

The evening event is at Radio Clyde on the first of next month.

It is being organised by the Scotland branch of the Radio Academy.

Full details can be found here.

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MEMBERS of the National Union of Journalists in Leeds are organising an informal welcome reception for the estimated 2,000 media workers due to be in the city for next week’s Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

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IN the Herald, Colette Douglas Home reflects on a TV referendum debate to take place between former Westminster Chancellor and now Better Together head, Alistair Darling, and First Minister, Alex Salmond.

Meanwhile, the BBC is preparing to let teens have their say on the vote.

Thinking further ahead, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has reportedly conceded that Scotland could continue using the BBC in the event of a Yes vote, so says The Guardian.

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AS the Edinburgh-based Johnston Press titles, including The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, settle in to temporary accommodation in the capital’s Morrison Street, the Edinburgh Evening News marked the move with some nostalgia and on Twitter posted a last picture from its former HQ, Barclay House.

Meanwhile, Johnston Press has launched a staff recognition scheme, as reported here. And announced the successful completion of a capital refinancing plan.

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MOVERS in Scottish media include Sarah Vesty, Suzy Powell and Peter Swindon – as mentioned in’s regular Media Movers round-up.

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AN International Writers Award has been reportedly conferred on Harry Potter author, JK Rowling. Notes holdthefrontpage website, Scotland-based Rowling received the 2014 award for fantasy writing, being selected for her contribution to children’s literature – as reported here .

Meanwhile, the director of the Society of Editors, Bob Satchwell, and the chair of Zee News, Subhash Chandra, are also reported to have been honoured.

The awards also get a show on the website (here).

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