Your Noon Briefing: Herald NUJ chapel meeting, Press Awards shortlistings for the Daily Record, etc

A MEETING of members of the National Union of Journalists is taking place this afternoon in Glasgow, to be updated on discussions at The Herald group of newspapers.

NUJ Scotland organiser, Paul Holleran, is scheduled to address the Herald NUJ chapel at the nearby Walkabout bar, at 2pm, amid concerns the papers are about to embark on a cost-cutting exercise.

Holleran is understood to be meeting Herald senior management any moment now.

The meeting is expected to also see acting Father of Chapel, Sean Guthrie, formally installed, along with the election of two deputy FoCs and a treasurer.

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THE Daily Record has been shortlisted in four categories in a competition celebrating the best of the UK press.

It has been nominated in the Political Journalist, Front Page, Cudlipp Award and Sports Team categories of the Press Awards.

The first of its nominations goes to political editor, David Clegg, who is up against five other nominees, including fellow Scot, Fraser Nelson.

The category is to be contested by Clegg, Nelson (for his writing for The Daily Telegraph), Janan Ganesh (Financial Times), Peter Oborne (also The Daily Telegraph), Matthew Parris (The Times) and Tim Shipman (The Sunday Times).

Meanwhile, the Record’s ‘The Vow’ front page – published ahead of September’s vote on Scots independence – is nominated in the Front Page of the Year category. It is up against The Mail on Sunday, Sunday Mirror, The Independent on Sunday, The Independent and The Times.

The competition’s Cudlipp Award (‘recognising excellence in popular journalism’) sees the Record’s ‘Hear no devo, see no devo, speak no devo’ receiving a shortlisting.

And capping the quartet of nominations for the Record, it has been nominated in the Sports Team of the Year category, with its rivals for the prize being the Daily Mirror, Mail Sport, The Daily Telegraph/The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian and The Times.

Elsewhere, there is a nomination for Scots freelance photographer, Ian MacNicol, in the Sports Photographer of the Year category. He is up against Marc Aspland (The Times), Tom Jenkins (The Guardian), Alex Livesey (Getty Images), Kevin Quigley (Daily Mail) and Martin Rickett – Press Association.

And former Scotsman editor, Rebecca Hardy, is nominated in the Interviewer of the Year category.

Begins The Guardian’s reporting of the nominations (here): “The Times and Daily Mail are leading the nominations list for the Press Awards for 2014, with 20 nods each.”

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AN editor is being sought at the Alloa Advertiser, as advertised here on the allmediascotland media jobs board. And repeated here, on our spin-off,

Also, a ‘knowledge and information lead’ is being sought by the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland, at the University of Strathclyde.

As advertised, here.

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A DISCUSSION about the ‘fast-changing media landscape and multimedia consumption patterns’ is taking place in Glasgow, towards the end of the month.

The event – being hosted by the organisation, Creative Clyde – is taking place on the 25th, and – says the blurb, here – includes STV’s creative director, Andrew Robertson.

And next month, Creative Clyde is hosting a debate, teed up thus: “At a crucial time of political and technological change, Scotland finds itself competing within a highly-competitive global market to identify, attract and retain creative talent and strengthen its skills base.”

That’s scheduled for March 25; for more details, click here.

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BEGINS the Daily Record, here: “The Daily Record has been BANNED by the Rangers board – because we told the truth.

“Our paper was on Monday evening sent an email and fax by under-fire chief executive Derek Llambias that told us we are not welcome at Ibrox or Murray Park for matches and press conferences.”

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BEGINS The Herald: “Tourist bosses are hoping that a new children’s TV series will do for Edinburgh what Balamory did for the Isle of Mull and make the capital the must-see spot for holidaying families.

“Teacup Travels, which was launched yesterday, was filmed entirely in Scotland on sets created in Loretto School, Musselburgh, and outdoor scenes filmed at the Head Gardener’s Cottage in Princes Street Gardens.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS Greig Cameron, in The Herald: “Cello Group, the owner of The Leith Agency, Blonde Digital and public relations firm, Stripe Communications, has said the scope of a VAT review by HMRC may be wider than previously thought.”

Read more, here.

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