Your Noon Briefing: Reporting prize for Radio Clyde, Alan Clements, etc

THE reporting by Radio Clyde of the Clutha tragedy – when a helicopter crashed into the Clutha bar in Glasgow, in November, killing ten people – has earned the station a prize at awards celebrating the best of UK commercial radio.

Now in their 19th year, the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards are, say the organisers, “the biggest celebration of commercial radio, marking achievement from presenters and programming to advertising and marketing”.

And Radio Clyde took the main prize in the News Coverage of the Year category.

Read more, here.

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THE director of content at STV has been awarded an honorary degree from Edinburgh Napier University, on the same day his daughter also graduated from the institution.

Says the university, Alan Clements “was recognised for his contribution to journalism and broadcast media in Scotland with an honorary Doctorate of Arts”.

His daughter, Caitlin, collected a BA (Hons) Journalism at the same ceremony.

The event, yesterday, was attended by well-known broadcaster, Kirsty Wark (subject of a fascinating interview a couple of weeks back, in The Telegraph), Caitlin’s mother and Alan’s partner.

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A TRAINEE news reporter is being sought by The Press and Journal newspaper, as advertised here on the media jobs board and repeated on

Also, an internal communications officer is being sought by the University of Glasgow – as advertised here.

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INTERESTING read here, on ten essential self-taught journalism skills, with a standfirst that begins: “No journalism course is all-encompassing and there will always be new skills to learn, so here are some skills to consider picking up in your free time.”

Included, the recommendation to learn some basic online coding skills, such as HTML and CSS.

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BEGINS The Scotsman today about its own business editor: “A journalist has been found guilty of stalking a businesswoman with whom he had a relationship by sending her unwanted gifts and messages.”

Terry Murden is also business editor also of sister title, Scotland on Sunday, the ‘businesswoman’ – as reported by The Herald and the BBC – being a local PR consultant, Nicki Sturzaker.

Reports say he has been bailed and will be sentenced later this month.

Update: The website, holdthefrontpage, quotes (here) a spokesperson from Johnston Press, publishers of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, as saying: “Following the conviction of Terry Murden we will now be conducting our own internal investigation in line with company policies.

“Until that investigation is complete, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

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AMONG the several reports in the media about research published yesterday about the attitude of TV viewers towards the ‘watershed’, The Scotsman today devotes all of its page nine, plus a leader comment, to it – here.

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