Your Noon Briefing: Scottish Press Awards, The Editors, etc

A MEDIA awards competition celebrating the best of Scotland’s newspapers has issued a call for entries.

The deadline for entries to the Scottish Press Awards is the 15th of next month.

The awards are organised by the Scottish Newspaper Society, whose director, John McLellan, is quoted in an announcement about the awards, as saying: “Scottish journalists were at the heart of these internationally-significant events, and Scotland’s diverse newspaper industry was key to bringing each of them to life for the Scottish public.

“In print or online, the creativity and energy of the Scottish Press was clear to see from some excellent coverage of these massive events. These awards will celebrate the best of what has been an outstanding year for Scottish journalism and the competition is bound to be fierce.”

There are 21 categories up for grabs, including ‘Front Page of the Year’, ‘Scoop of the Year’ and ‘Newspaper of the Year’.

Last year saw a record number of entries, with The Sunday Mail taking the Newspaper of the Year category – as noted, here, on

The awards ceremony is on April 16, in Glasgow.

For more information, click here (a media release posted on allmediascotland) and here.

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THEY call themselves The Editors, a new PR agency launched by former newspaper editors, Bob Bird (The Scottish Sun and the now defunct Scottish News of the World) and Peter Cox (the Daily Record and Sunday Mail).

And their prospects are considered by The Guardian’s media pundit, Roy Greenslade, here.

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THE academic and journalist, Eamonn O’Neill, has been commissioned to write about a book about investigative journalism.

To be published Routledge, and scheduled for a 2016 launch, ‘Contemporary Investigative Journalism’ draws on O’Neill’s own experiences as a journalist and also his work as programme director of a MSc in Investigative Journalism Postgraduate degree at the University of Strathclyde, now entering its seventh year.

He told “Perhaps unusually, it’s aimed at a global university and professional audience and was commissioned after an extensive feedback process from colleagues in America, UK, Canada and Australia.”

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WIDELY reported, including by Jane Bradley in Saturday’s edition of The Scotsman: “He started his comedy career in a band with actor, Peter Capaldi, where he found fame with the controversial character ‘Bing Hitler’ before moving across the Atlantic to pursue fame and fortune in the US.

“Now Scots-born comedian Craig Ferguson has ditched his decade-long role as host of one of America’s best-loved chat shows.

“Ferguson’s final stint at the helm of the Late Late Show took place last night, to be replaced in the New Year by Gavin and Stacey star, James Corden.”

Read more, here.

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ALSO widely reported, including here, in The Courier, which begins its report, thus: “A Scots-educated science broadcaster has returned to work at the city tourist attraction that launched her career 15 years ago.

“Dr Hermione Cockburn – who helped to bring science to the screen with the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World, Rough Science and Coast – has been appointed scientific director at Our Dynamic Earth.”

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BEGAN Tom Gordon, in yesterday’s Sunday Herald: “Plans to launch a new Scottish TV service on the back of the referendum have been shelved after it raised just three per cent of its start-up budget.

“Broadcasting Scotland, a spin-off from the online ­Referendum TV service, had hoped to raise £60,000 through the crowdfunding website, Indiegogo.”

Read more, here.

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AND Gordon features again in the Sunday Herald, this time writing about the origins of the term, ‘Project Fear’, during the recent indyref campaign.

He quotes the former communications director of the Better Together campaign group, Rob Shorthouse, saying it was originally coined as a ‘joke phrase’.

Read more, here.

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