Your Noon Briefing: New chair at IPA (Scotland), The National, etc

THE Scots division of the trade body, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, last night welcomed a new chair.

Brian Coane, a partner at The Leith Agency, succeeds Claire Wood, whose two-year tenure has come to an end.

Says IPA (here): “Incoming IPA chair for Scotland, Brian Coane, detailed advertising’s role as a powerful force for Scottish society and for business in his inaugural speech delivered to an audience of leading figures in the communications and wider business communities in Edinburgh [last night].

“In his stirring address, Coane outlined his two-year Creative for Scotland agenda to elevate the status of advertising in Scotland by promoting its value and values to ensure its long-term future.”

Read his inaugural speech, here.

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JUST tweeted by The National newspaper: they are going to publish now on a Saturday, as well as Monday-to-Friday.

It follows a Saturday edition last week, carrying the results from the General Election.

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A DUNDEE-based freelance journalist is seeking to raise money – via crowdfunding – to pen a book about solo travelling across Europe.

Lorraine Wilson is more than half-way towards a crowdfunding target of £2,500, with the aim of penning Facing Forwards which, if it comes off, will be part travelogue and part personal story about the therapeutic aspects of solo travel and of facing challenges alone.

Wilson is the author of Take it to the Bridge, published four years ago, about Dundee’s music heritage.

She told allmediascotland, about Facing Forwards: “It’s been a pretty horrific couple of years, personally and financially.

“I had planned to take a journey like this for myself, but was convinced that it could be a story that others would want to read. There were a couple of little nibbles from publishers, but the nature of the book lends itself to self-publishing, so I decided to try that route.”

She added: “In case anyone thinks that they’re funding a holiday, that’s not the case. The £2,500 I’m looking to raise is to provide a small advance for writing time, a professional editor and designer, then printing and fulfilment of orders. So any pledges are really just pre-orders for the book.”

Support Lorraine, in her efforts, here.

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A RECENT former PR account director is celebrating the publication of his second novel, just a year following his debut title.

Campbell Hart joined The BIG Partnership four years ago, after having worked as a journalist for ten years with organisations including BBC Scotland, before moving into PR with stints at the Big Lottery Fund and Oxfam.

Last year, his debut novel, Wilderness, was published. Now, his second novel – The Nationalist – is out and Hart stepped down last week, from BIG, to begin writing his third, which will complete a proposed trilogy, involving fictional detective, DI John Arbogast.

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BEGINS The Herald’s TV critic and features writer, Mark Smith, today: “If there’s one thing a majority Tory government is likely to achieve, it’s a solution to the BBC problem.

“Since the 1940s, the broadcaster has been funded by a compulsory licence fee and here we are, 70 years on, in the new world of digital and it’s still using the same old-world solution. The Conservatives need to sort it out.”

Read more, here.

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