Your Noon Briefing: Celtic Media Festival, Dog, etc

THE Celtic Media Festival kicks off in a couple of days’ time – this year’s celebration of broadcasting, digital, etc in the ‘Celtic’ nations and regions taking place in Inverness.

And, say organisers, several well-known Scots are taking part in panel sessions and masterclasses.

Begins an announcement: “Following a record 500 entries to the prestigious awards, big name guests from the film and TV industry are set to descend on Inverness this week as the city prepares to welcome Celtic Media Festival across 22nd – 24th April.

“The three-day celebration of film, television, radio and digital media which promotes the unique languages and cultures of the Celtic nations and regions is primarily delegate-based, but also includes a Public Event strand offering film and TV fans the opportunity to enjoy a snapshot into the wider delegate programme.

“The Celtic Media Festival 2015 programme highlights include a variety of panel discussions and workshops, featuring key commissioners from BBC, Channel 4, RTÉ, BBC NI, BBC Scotland, UTV Ireland, S4C and TG4, plus the festival’s keynote speech delivered by MSP Mike Russell and opening night party at Bogbain Farm welcoming the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop.

“The key players responsible for breaking Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations as a news story – Stuart Millar, The Guardian’s head of news, and Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian’s defence and intelligence correspondent, will appear alongside Luke Moody from Britdoc, the distributor of Laura Poitras’ Academy and BAFTA award-winning documentary on the subject, Citizenfour, which will be screened before the talk.

“Discussion of the Scottish independence referendum campaign featuring David Harron (BBC Scotland’s executive producer for commissioning), Stuart Cosgrove (former head of Creative Diversity at Channel 4), Maurice Smith (owner of TVI Productions, creators of the Torc Award-nominated The Bridge: Fifty Years Across the Forth), Irish Times media correspondent Laura Slattery and The Scotsman’s senior reporter, Martyn McLaughlin, will focus on the campaign’s use of new media platforms and the explosion of websites including Wings Over Scotland, Newsnet Scotland and Bella Caledonia.”

Read more, here.

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“IN this copy-and-paste culture…,” writes law firm associate, Lisa Kitson, in today’s Scotsman, as she considers the topic of copyright.

As well as noting that copyright applies as soon as something is created – ie does not require the addition of the internationally-recognised copyright symbol – Kitson warns: “Businesses should consider the source of content on their own websites, especially within blog posts that are often published quite informally without the same checks as external publications.”

She writes in today’s Friends of The Scotsman section of the paper.

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BEGINS Alastair Reid on the website, “Content curation has a bad reputation in some circles. Like ‘churnalism’, it is held up by detractors as the sign of an industry in terminal decline.

“But just as there is bad or lazy journalism, there is a flip side to curation in providing a valuable service when done well.

“‘Content curation is a the art of finding, verifying, collecting, organising, adding value and presenting existing content, resources, media or information on a specific topic, theme or issue for a specific audience or need,’ said Robin Good, an expert curator and walking encyclopedia of digital tools, speaking at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia yesterday.”

Read more, here – including for various suggested tools, such as Viloud and Bundlr.

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BEGINS the website, BrandRepublic: “Glaswegian creative agency, Dog, has launched an office in Jakarta to service existing clients and to help grow the business across the Southeast Asian markets.

“Dog entered Asia with an office in Singapore last year. This, along with its premises in Glasgow and London, brings it total staff count up to 80 globally.”

Read more, here.

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A COMMUNITY radio station in North Ayrshire is being monitored by broadcasting regulators, Ofcom, to ensure that 30 per cent of its content is speech-related, as stated in its ‘licence key commitments’.

Says Ofcom: “The licensee has told us it is now taking steps to ensure that significantly more speech content is provided each day on Irvine Beat FM.”

Read more, here.

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