Your Noon Briefing: Fire outside Herald, iScot crowdfunding appeal, etc

A STAND-off (reported here) between rival factions in the indyref debate in the centre of Glasgow on Friday night had the Sunday Herald tweeting: “To clarify … There WAS a fire outside our building but no evidence linking it to unionist thugs elsewhere in city.”

And a BBC report of the clashes quoted a tweet saying the fire was caused by an electricity generator at a nearby club and pub and was therefore no more than a coincidence.

Read more, here, on the heraldscotland website.

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BEGINS The Guardian, here: “The BBC and Sky News called the Scotland referendum’s ‘No’ result at around 5am on Friday, on a night when a CNN poll of polls gave it 110 per cent and Frankie Boyle offered a four-letter taste of things to come.”

Read the paper’s extensive report of how TV reported the indyref result, here.

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AN initial £40,000 is being sought by a crowdfunding initiative hoping to create what it describes as a ‘free and fearless’ Scots news outlet.

Says the iScot proposal, which has an upper target of £150,000: “September 18, 2014 marks an exciting turning point in the history of Scotland.

“The referendum campaign of the last two years has awakened a renewed vigour and passion in politics never before seen in this country.

“Many assertions, promises and accusations have been made by both sides in a debate which has split the nation.

“Traditional mainstream media has not served the people well. The views of almost half the population of Scotland have been routinely ignored or even ridiculed by an industry which is far from independent and unbiased.

“There needs to be a new, alternative platform which is free from fear or favour. One which will hold the establishment and elected representatives to account. One which will showcase achievements, identify problems and debate the solutions to create a better, fairer and more inclusive society.”

Read more, here.

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THE five ‘most significant’ newspaper front pages in the #indyref battle for hearts and minds?

Journalist and blogger about the media, Shaun Milne, has chosen his pick – here. They are from the Sunday herald, The Sunday Times, The Scotsman, the Daily Record and The Scottish Sun.

And of his ‘favourite’ eight newspaper indyref front pages, the Edinburgh Evening News features three times – here.

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HOW some of the world’s Press reported the indyref No vote?

Several media outlets have gathered a selection, including here (STV), here (The Scotsman, which, on Saturday, featured several newspaper front pages across its own pages 18 and 19) and here (The Herald, ditto, across pages six and seven of its Saturday edition).

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BEGINS Jan Patience, in The Herald, on Saturday (here): “There are some pieces of advice given early in your working life which you never forget.

“For me, the most memorable nugget came from the picture editor of a national tabloid newspaper where I did freelance shifts as an inexperienced news reporter.

“His advice was laced with many swear words, but the edited version went something like this: ‘You can get the best story in the world and write it up like a Pulitzer Prize winner, but if you don’t have a decent picture to back it up, then it won’t make the paper.’

“As a new exhibition of work by 35 photographers working in the field of editorial photography in Scotland reveals, Press photographers are often present to record the first draft of history. What is clear from this show at Glasgow’s Hidden Lane Gallery is that they work hard – often with very little – to create a stand-out picture.”

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A TRAINEE reporter is being sought by Romanes Media Group, to work in its Dunfermline office.

The post will involve working on the Dunfermline Press and Central Fife Times titles.

Details of the vacancy can be found here, on

It is featuring also on the site’s media jobs twitter feed, here.

Meanwhile, the magazine, Scottish Field, is seeking to appoint a writer/sub-editor, to succeed Peter Ranscombe, who is leaving next month, to work freelance, including in Life Sciences reporting, and also to undertake corporate copywriting, such as annual reports, marketing materials and content for the web.

The deadline for applications is the 20th of next month, with the advert being advertised here.

Ranscombe joined Scottish Field earlier this year from The Scotsman, where he was, latterly, business correspondent.

As reported by allmediascotland last year – here – he is looking forward to the publication, in December, of his debut novel, Hare – which asks what happened to convicted mass murderer, William Burke’s partner-in-crime, William Hare, after he turned king’s evidence on his accomplice, letting Burke hang for their crimes while he was set free.

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BEGINS Peter Preston, in yesterday’s Observer newspaper: “So, time to change channels. We more or less know what the media world in an independent Scotland would have looked like: a Scottish Broadcasting Corporation, a McOfcom governing both press and broadcasting, subsidies in the name of diversity on a Scandi model, no welcome mat for Nick Robinson. But media devo max? That’s a mystery unexplored – and, down below, a driving factor in the whole Scottish debate over 20 tumultuous years.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS The Telegraph: “At least three national newspapers were barred from the first press conference held by Alex Salmond, the Scottish first minister since the independence referendum.

“Mr Salmond used the afternoon press conference, which was held at his official residence at Bute House, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, to announce his resignation as first minister.”

Continues the article (here): “However the press conference was by invitation, with only certain journalists allowed to cross the porch of Bute House for the chance to question the First Minister.

“Two Telegraph journalists were barred from entering by a member of Mr Salmond’s press team, while other invited journalists were permitted to file past.”

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BEGINS The Independent’s Ian Burrell: “Amid recriminations among Yes supporters following the result of the Scottish referendum, there was a palpable sense that the media had played an ignoble role in a process that was otherwise widely lauded as a triumph for democracy.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS the website, Newsnet Scotland (here): “A petition calling for broadcasting to be included in a package of more powers for Scotland, has attracted the support of over 11,000 people after only ten days.

Posted by Newsnet Scotland editor, Lynda Williamson, one week before the independence referendum, the petition calls on both the UK and Scottish Government’s to acknowledge the need for Scottish broadcasting to fall under the control of the Scottish people.” noted – here – a week past Friday the online petition being set up.

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BEGAN Libby Brooks, in The Guardian, on Friday: “When the BBC’s political editor, Nick Robinson, was booed as he entered Alex Salmond’s eve-of-poll rally in Perth, it was indicative of a deep and long-building frustration on the part of Yes campaigners with the media in general, and the BBC in particular, which came to the fore in the final days of the referendum campaign.”

Read more, here.

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AND yesterday, on Channel 4 News (here), First Minister, Alex Salmond, questioned whether the BBC considered itself a public service broadcaster or a ‘state broadcaster’, here…

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