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

THE shortlist for this year’s Scottish Press Awards has been announced.

The competition – now in its 36th year and run by the Scottish Newspaper Society – will unveil its winners at a ceremony on the 16th of next month, including the titles, Journalist of the Year and Newspaper of the Year.

Read more, here.

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THE year-on-year circulation in Scotland of The Times newspaper has increased, according to the latest official figures.

Says newspapers auditing body, ABC, the average circulation in Scotland of the paper during last month was 18,124 – up 2.1 per cent on the average of 17,759 during February last year.

The paper was the only national daily or Sunday newspaper to experience a year-on-year increase between February last year and last month.

Read more, here.

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BEGINS the website, Aberdeen Business News: “Creative professionals across Scotland are being urged to apply to a ground-breaking course taking place in the Highlands and Islands this summer.

“The Pixel Lab 2015, coming to Scotland for the first time, helps participants create, develop, finance and distribute stories in today’s media climate.”

Read more, here.

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THE online radio station, Celtic Music Radio, this evening is broadcasting an interview with the head of the Gaelic language media service organisation, MG ALBA.

The interview – conducted on Thursday, with Donald Campbell – is being broadcast this evening at 1800.

Read more, here.

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MEANWHILE, MG ALBA  is undertaking a series of public meetings, seeking the views of communities throughout Scotland on the future of Gaelic broadcasting.

Says the organisers: “Meetings will be held as follows and all are welcome to attend.”

The meetings are taking place:

Thursday March 12 – Skye – Sabhal Mòr Ostaig – 1900

Friday March 13 – Inverness – Waterside Hotel – 1230

Monday March 16 – Oban – Caledonian Hotel – 1230

Monday March 16 – Fort William – West End Hotel – 1730

Wednesday March 18 – Tiree – An Talla – 1900

Thursday March 19 – Lewis – Ness Historical Society – 1900

Friday March 20 – South Uist – Cothrom – 1230

Friday March 20 – Barra – Castlebay Community School – 1930

They follow a series of meetings already held, in the likes of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

For more information, click here.

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AND there are more… Twitter feeds dedicated to particular types of media releases posted on, by charities, SMEs, education institutions, PR agencies, etc – this time to include stories about Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, etc.

Check them out, especially if you are a journalist, here.

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