Your Noon Briefing: Weekly newspapers conference, TV’s ones to watch, etc

NEWSPAPER publishers from across Scotland are gathering tomorrow in Glasgow for the first-ever weekly publishers’ conference being hosted by the Scottish Newspaper Society.

Says the SNS: “The event is hosted by Media Scotland, publishers of 20 local weeklies including the Stirling Observer and Ayrshire Post, at their Central Quay offices.

“Attending will be around 30 representatives from all the major Scottish local news providers, like Scottish Provincial Press, Romanes Media and Johnston Press, as well as smaller independents like The Orcadian, Dunoon Observer and the Annandale Observer.

“Amongst the speakers will be former Herald editor, Charles McGhee, now the Scottish board member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation, Police Scotland’s new head of corporate communications, Alison Shields, and MediaForce’s regional director, Simon Ridley-Thomas.”

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LOTS of reporting, to the effect that the launch issue, on Monday, of the pro-Scots independence newspaper, The National, had sold out its initial print run.

For instance, says (here): “The initial plan had been to print 30,000 copies of the inaugural edition but that was swiftly doubled in response to reader demand and the paper eventually sold 60,000 copies while more than 10,000 subscribed to its digital edition.”

And The Guardian (here) says: “The National, the newly-launched Scottish daily targeting pro-independence supporters, is doubling its print run after selling out its first day print run of 60,000.

“Newsquest’s new tabloid, which runs with the banner, ‘The newspaper that supports an independent Scotland’, launched on Monday, priced at 50p. It is understood that about 10,000 digital subscriptions priced at £1.50 for a week have also been sold.”

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BEGINS an announcement from the organisers of the Edinburgh International Television Festival: “‘Ones to Watch’ is an unrivalled professional development opportunity for television’s rising stars. We are looking for talented and ambitious TV professionals with three-five years’ experience in the industry. If you are a leader of the future, then this scheme can help you make the next step up in your career.

“‘Ones to Watch’ is four days of inspiring and creative debate, giving you intimate access to some of the most senior figures in the industry as well as unparalleled networking opportunities. If you want more information on how to apply then please click on the link here. Alternatively if you know someone who would benefit from this opportunity them please recommend them – here – and we’ll get in touch with more details.”

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A FREE online seminar – on the art of reporting on science and statistics – is being hosted for, among others, journalists.

Being organised by the Royal Statistical Society, the event is taking place next Wednesday.

For more information, click here.

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