Your Noon Briefing: Book shortlisting for Broadfoot, cameras at Commonwealth Games, etc

THE debut novel by a Scots journalist-turned-communications officer has been shortlisted in a Scotland-wide crime novel competition.

Neil Broadfoot’s Falling Fast has been described as a tale about “a story-hungry journalist investigating the secrets of Edinburgh’s political culture”.

And as this media release – posted by publishers, Saraband – explains, he has been nominated in the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award.

Broadfoot is a communications officer for the Scottish Government. A 15-year career as a journalist included spells at The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and Edinburgh Evening News.

Read more, here.

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A FASCINATING read on the website of the trade magazine, Televisual, on the production challenges involved in covering the Commonwealth Games – here.

Says Televisual editor, Tim Dams, over 280 TV cameras are being used.

PS In the most recent print edition of the magazine, there is a comparison of the funding opportunities in each of the home nations, plus the results of an annual survey of the most popular TV cameras, TV editing systems, etc.

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PHOTOGRAPHY in Scotland. The principal of Edinburgh College – which boasts an impressive photography track record – reflects on a recent exhibition (Retina, the inaugural Scottish International Photography Festival) and her institution’s links with industry.

Read Mandy Exley, here, in The Scotsman.

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THE general public are being given the opportunity to catch a sneak peek of the first episode of the upcoming new series of the BBC sci-fi drama, Doctor Who.

It’s part of an initiative by the Edinburgh International Television Festival, taking place next month.

Say the organisers, in a media outlet: “All showing at Edinburgh’s The Filmhouse Cinema, screenings for 2014 include the first episode of the hotly-anticipated eighth series of Doctor Who, the first episode of the new series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible followed by a Q&A with Dynamo himself, and Showrunners, a behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating world of the US’s television showrunners.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS the website, (here): “A Commons select committee has told the media to ‘up its game’ when it comes to covering women’s sports.

“Increased recruitment of women reporters in sports journalism and PR would encourage girls to take part in sport more, a cross-party MPs’ report has concluded.”

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THE creative director at New Yorker magazine has been added to a star-studded roster of speakers at an upcoming festival about magazines, taking place in Glasgow.

Wyatt Mitchell is taking part in Magfest – organised by PPA Scotland – on September 5. He is the final speaker to be announced at the festival.

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