Your Noon Briefing: Eddie Barnes, schools mag competition, #scotsmedia247, etc

INTERESTING statistics from a survey from the Netherlands on tablet use and accessing news.

First, the majority of the Dutch population own a tablet computer and one in three people use a tablet to access news, several times a week.

Also, the majority of Dutch people access news via both print and online, with only 20 per cent of those who do doing so via newsprint alone.

Read more here, via the website of the International News Media Association.

Says the heading accompanying Erik Grimm’s piece last week: ‘Growth of tablets redefines news consumption overnight’.

Additional reading on the subject of tablets can be found, courtesy of well-known media commentator, Raymond Snoddy. Under the heading, ‘Can publishers master a coherent print-online strategy?’, he begins: “Sometimes an almost random collection of modest facts can add up to more than the sum of the parts – and start to form a pattern, like shaking the small pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope.

“The continued rise of tablet devices as the price tumbles is a trend too obvious to ignore. They are now out-selling PCs for the first time and, during the Christmas period, there were more BBC iPlayer requests from tablets than computers.”

Meanwhile, Scotland on Sunday at the weekend reported: “Demand for tablet computers is forecast to have driven sales growth once more at Argos and Dixons Retail over the crucial Christmas period.”

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A MAGAZINE competition for Scots school pupils is seeking entries by April 30. imPRESS Scottish School Media Awards is supported by the following: CMYK Design, Connect Communications, Copyright Licensing Agency, Creative Skillset, Edinburgh Napier University, Herald & Times Group, Matthew Ball Design, PPA Scotland, Publishing Scotland, Scottish Newspaper Society, Teaching Scotland, TESS, The Big Issue, The List and White Light Media. There are 14 category prizes up for grabs.

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HE left Scotland on Sunday and The Scotsman last month and, now, the former political editor of both those titles has got himself a new job, still in politics.

Eddie Barnes starts today in the role of director of strategy and communications for the Scottish Conservatives party.

He was political editor at SoS since 2004 and The Scotsman since 2009.

Read more, here.

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SHOWING the world we’re a busy bunch. Whether you are designing a website, in the middle of a photography assignment or about to interview a SPFL footballer, and you are part of the Scottish media community, then why not mention what you are up to in a tweet and then hasthtag it scotsmedia247?

And a few tweets are already there, to get things going…

PS On a Mac computer keyboard, # is alt-3.

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MIGHT 2014 be the breakthrough year for ‘wearable tech’, such as Google Glass? Charlotte Bell, MD at media planning and buying agency, Edinburgh Carat, considers, in her latest blog

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SCOTLAND on Sunday is going compact ‘soon’ – according to a report on the website, HoldtheFrontPage.

It follows a tweet (re-tweeted yesterday by allmediascotland via its allmedianews twitter account) by the paper’s deputy editor, Kenny Farquharson, saying the redesign, from broadsheet to compact, is “looking fab”.

allmediascotland is guessing the new look will be launched a week on Sunday.

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A PR account manager or senior account manager is being sought by Citypress – as advertised here on the allmediascotland media jobs board (just £120 to advertise on it!).

Also, a trainee reporter is being sought by the Clydebank Post – as advertised here (and repeated on

Plus, Romanes Media is seeking a page desginer: here.

And an editor is being sought at the Lennox Herald – as advertised here.

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ANYONE in the media tempted to hype the young footballing talent at Dundee United FC would do well to remember what happened to the young stars hailed at Hibernian FC a few years back – reflected Glenn Gibbons, in The Scotsman, at the weekend.

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A SCOTS radio presenter has been reportedly killed in a motorcycle crash on the Thai island of Phuket.

Says, breakfast show host, Paul Norris, “hosted The Breakfast Show on English station, 91.5 Phuket FM Radio, and was known by the nickname ‘The Doris'”.

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