Your Noon Briefing: The sports reporter’s bag, win for Material_UK, etc

ON the day the Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow, Alasdair Reid, on the back page of The Herald’s sports supplement today, wryly reflects on reporting from sports events, with special emphasis on… the bags that are often handed out by the organisers.

Read more, here.

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A DEADLINE of September 17 has been set for entries into a media awards competition that celebrates the work of radio and audio producers, who are either UK-based or provide programmes intended for UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

The Radio Production Awards are run by the Radio Academy and the Radio Independents Group.

For more details, click here.

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BEGINS The Drum media and marketing magazine: “[Energy company] SSE has appointed creative communications agency Material_UK [which is headquartered in Glasgow] as their lead agency across their entertainment partnership portfolio, including the SSE Arena.”

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GREAT tales today about one of Scotland’s best-ever track athletes, Tom McKean – whose medals, he thinks, are ‘in the loft’.

But Doug Gillon, in The Herald, quotes the former 800m runner, adding: “All except one: that [Commonwealth Games] silver from Auckland. I lost it, but the Wishaw Press found it and it’s been in their office for the past 18 months. I haven’t bothered collecting it yet.”

Later in the article, explaining how McKean almost missed the medal ceremony when he won world indoor gold in Toronto, Canada, Gillon continues: “McKean was on my phone calling his family.”

Says Gillon: “For me, there’s not much wrong with a man who prioritises family before self-glorification.”

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THE tablet versus the smartphone. What is the device of the future?, asks Sandy MacLeod, vice-president for consumer marketing and strategy at The Toronto Star in Ontario, Canada, in a blog for the International News Media Association.

Read the article, here.

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AS always, a thoughtful piece by The Herald’s foreign editor, David Pratt.

In today’s paper, he considers how social media is graphically capturing the hostilities taking place in Gaza, in the Middle East.

And he writes: “As professional journalists, this has impacted on the way we go about our jobs. It is evident that correspondents, clearly moved by what they are witnessing, feel fewer personal constraints in telling it as it really is without editorial sanitisation. What we are presented with are immediate, emotive pen portraits of the pain Gazans and Palestinians have borne for decades.

“The last time Israel invaded Gaza, there were 26 million people on Twitter. Today there are 250 million. No longer can anyone say they do not know what is happening to the Palestinians.”

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