Your Noon Briefing: IPSO upholds complaint from First Minister, The Ferret, etc

BEGINS an announcement issued by the press watchdog, the Independent Press Standards Organisation: “In a decision published today, IPSO upheld a complaint from the Office of the First Minister of Scotland about an article published by The Daily Telegraph on 4th April 2015.

“The article reported the contents of a leaked Government memorandum which claimed to report details of a private meeting between the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, and the French Ambassador, Sylvie Bermann.

“The complainant said that the claims contained in the memo and repeated in the article were categorically untrue and regarded the newspaper’s decision not contact Ms Sturgeon for comment as a breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors’ Code.”

Read more, here.

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A GROUP of Scotland’s best-known journalists are seeking financial backing – via crowdfunding – to launch their first investigation chosen by readers.

The Ferret says of itself: “The Ferret is an in-depth investigative journalism platform for Scotland and beyond.

“We are a work in progress and will continue to evolve. But our provisional plan over the next year is to conduct a series of investigations, with our readers involved every step of the way.

“After polling supporters on what to dig into first, we’re crowdfunding our inaugural investigation which is on the issue of fracking.”

The crowdfunding details can be found, here.

Among the rewards for backing the project: a discount on the site’s paywall subscription service.

The story is reported by The Guardian’s Severin Carrell, here.

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BEGINS Janice Burns, in The National: “Former MSP, Carolyn Leckie, and Women for Independence are backing this year’s Write to End Violence Against Women Awards.

“Scotland women’s charities launched the awards, supported by The National as media partner and on the judging panel, in a campaign to recognise journalists and bloggers across the country producing high quality work which tackles violence and gender inequality.

“Zero Tolerance, Engender, White Ribbon Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid, Everyday Victim Blaming (EVB), Women 50:50 and Rape Crisis Scotland, along with the National Union of Journalists Scotland, are hosting this year’s awards aimed at celebrating what is good about Scottish media while continuing to push for change.”

Read more, here. And here, the awards’ website.

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THE media has been thanked, for respecting the privacy wishes of the family and friends of two Scots who were among those killed in Tunisia – by a gunman – the week before last.

Says a Church of Scotland media release: “The Church of Scotland’s Abronhill Church in Cumbernauld held a prayer gathering [on Friday] afternoon, in memory of church members Jim and Ann McQuire. The Cumbernauld couple were among the 38 people killed in last week’s terror attack on a Tunisian beach.”

And it went on to quote Linda Gray, Abronhill church’s Session Clerk, as saying: “It’s a really difficult time for the family and the congregation, so we were very grateful that the press respected our privacy and stayed away. The Book of Condolence was open and a lot of people signed it. It will continue open, certainly for this Sunday and maybe for the next week or so.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS the Sunday Herald: “Scotland’s first dedicated software skills academy is to open its doors in Edinburgh in September with the aim of addressing a national shortage of software developers.

“The CodeClan academy – which will be modelled on similar recently set up academies in New York, London and Berlin – aims to create a new generation of software developers that will allow Scotland’s increasingly vibrant digital sector to flourish.”

Read more, here.

And also in the Sunday Herald: a profile of Gerry Rice, the Scots director of communications at the International Monetary Fund (here) and an interview with Lorna Campbell (here), who runs a ‘sports communications, press operations and event management consultancy’ and is also involved in player interview liaison at Wimbledon.

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REPORTS The Drum media and marketing magazine: “Scottish Rugby has chosen digital agency, Amigo, to design and build a dedicated website for Scotland’s 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign.

“The online portal will combine live updates, such as breaking news and social feeds, with match-day information and Scottish Rugby content including behind the scenes footage and insights from the players within the squad.”

Read more, here.

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