Your Noon Briefing: CIPR Scotland shortlist, location manager training, etc

THE Edinburgh-based PR agency, Pagoda PR, has earned seven nominations in an annual competition recognising the best PR in Scotland.

Pagoda – which uses to showcase media releases on behalf of clients – has been shortlisted in the 2014 CIPR Scotland PRide Awards, organised by the Scotland division of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

The Holyrood Partnership – which also posts media releases on – has similarly earned itself seven nominations, while 3×1 has six.

The awards ceremony is taking place on October 9, in Edinburgh.

Ian Coldwell, managing director of Pagoda PR, told allmediascotland: “Being shortlisted for seven awards is a great achievement. In the public affairs and not-for-profit categories we’re shortlisted twice, which should for an interesting evening come during the awards ceremony.

“This is a great success and it’s all due to the team’s creativity, passion and hard work throughout the year.”

Added Katrine Pearson, chair of the CIPR Scotland group and an associate director at 3×1: “Once again we received a fantastic number of entries for the CIPR Scotland PRide Awards which is testament to the quality and variety of activity our public relations industry is delivering. The PRide Awards are an opportunity for our practitioners to do a bit of PR for themselves and shout about the great work being produced in Scotland. I’d like to congratulate everyone who has been shortlisted and we look forward to seeing them all on 9 October.”

Read more, here.

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A RECRUITMENT drive has been launched, designed to train a new generation of skilled assistant location managers for the film and TV drama industry in Scotland.

Say organisers, The Production Guild (which describes itself as ‘the UK’s premier film and TV industry membership organisation for professionals working across production, including accounts, location management, assistant directors, post production and the production office’), there is an opportunity for 15 Scottish location assistants and runners to be trained and mentored by ‘top location managers in film and TV’.

A media announcement states: “With a record number of productions shooting in Scotland, the Assistant Location Manager Training Scheme is designed to meet the growing need for more experienced location department crew working in film and high-end television production.”

It continues: “The film and television sector is a significant employer in the UK with 46,000 alone working in film and video production. More than 239 films went into production in the UK last year spending £1.075 billion, a 14 per cent increase on 2012.

“Scotland has played a key part in the growth of the UK industry with its crew, facilities and unique locations attracting multiple US studio, network and independent feature film and high-end TV drama productions.

“Productions recently shot in Scotland include feature film Paramount Pictures’ World War Z, The Railway Man starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, Filth adapted from the Irvine Welsh novel with James McAvoy and Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard which is releasing in cinemas next year. Scotland was also chosen to host Outlander for US network, Starz, being one of the first high-end television dramas to take advantage of the new TV tax relief.”

The deadline for applications is the 11th of this month.

For more details, click here.

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BEGINS The Herald, today: “A newspaper inspired by the historic Wipers Times created by First World War soldiers has been recreated to mark the centenary of the war.

“The Flanders Fields Post newspaper is published as a one-off today and distributed in Glasgow, London and Manchester to commemorate 100 years since Britain joined the First World War.

“The publication is inspired by the famous Wipers Times – the original trench newspaper produced by frontline soldiers. And the grandson of the soldier who first produced the historic paper said it was a chance for his grandfather to be recognised for his own contribution to improving troops’ morale.”

Read more, here.

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REPORTS The Herald – here: “The former director of communications at Number 10 is due to appear in court this week in connection with perjury allegations.

“Andy Coulson, 46, is facing charges in relation to his evidence at the 2010 perjury trial of Tommy Sheridan, who was convicted for lying under oath during a civil case against the News of the World. The former editor of the Sunday newspaper was serving as the Prime Minister’s chief media adviser when Sheridan called him as a defence witness.

“Mr Coulson is expected to appear at the High Court in Glasgow for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.”

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SAYS a media release, posted on “To mark the [100th anniversary of the] start of World War One, and continuing throughout the next four years, BBC Radio nan Gaidheal will broadcast a series of programmes capturing the events of the war from a Highland and Islands perspective, where often fragile – but resilient- communities suffered a greater impact than most.”

Read more, here.

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A BUSINESS editor is being sought by The Press and Journal to be based in Aberdeen.

The vacancy is being advertised here on the media jobs board. And it’s being repeated on

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REPORTS the Glasgow-based media and marketing magazine, The Drum: “The Drum has attracted a record 373,000 daily unique visitors so far today [Friday], adding another milestone to a year of record-breaking traffic.

“The figure is more than double the previous daily record of 191,852, recorded in April of this year, and with it continuing to rise the website may even reach its typical monthly unique visitors number in a single day.”

Read more, here.

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SAYS the standfirst in yesterday’s Scotland on Sunday newspaper: “Dubbed Scotland’s Game of Thrones, Outlander is set to become a fantasy tourist phenomenon, but it’s also arousing global interest in our real heritage, writes Dani Garavelli”

Read more, here.

And says The Herald today: “Critics have praised a new £50 million time travel-themed television series that was filmed in Scotland.

“The first reviews of the drama Outlander appeared in the American press this weekend and journalists in the main gave the episodes glowing write-ups, with particular praise for the Scottish landscape.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS The Scotsman’s Brian Ferguson (here): “Fringe performers, producers and publicists queued for up to four hours to pitch their shows to The Scotsman, as more than 500 descended on the Fringe Central hub at George Square aiming to grab the attention of journalists covering the world’s largest arts festival.”

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THE Scots broadcaster, Ken Bruce, is the subject of the latest Face-to-Face interview in The Herald.

The BBC Radio 2 presenter is interviewed by Alison Howard, here.

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