Your Noon Briefing: Local news projects, Aberdeen Now and Edinburgh Now, etc

GOVERNMENT support of local news providers is one of the recommendations in an interim report following the funding of five pilot local news projects – including one in Edinburgh.

The interim report has been published by the Dunfermline-based Carnegie UK Trust which, following an applications process, last year funded five local news projects, each to the tune of £10,000.

One of the projects was, based in the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh.

Read the interim evaluation report, here.

The final report is expected in the Autumn.

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FREE local newspaper supplements that came with the Aberdeen and Edinburgh editions of the Daily Record have been rolled into the paper’s online offering.

Last week saw the final print editions of the weekly Aberdeen Now and Edinburgh Now, which were launched in April and June last year, respectively.

However, the weekly Glasgow Now continues to remain a print edition.

Said a spokesperson for publishers, Trinity Mirror: “Our readers can continue to enjoy their favourite columnists plus news and features from Aberdeen and Edinburgh every day by logging on to the expanding and popular In Your Area channel on the Daily Record website.”

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ASKS former freelance journalist and now a trainer with the National Union of Journalists, Fiona Davidson: “Is it okay to take materials from Facebook about someone in the news? What’s the boundary between good journalistic practice and breaking the law when approaching the subject of a story in the public interest for a comment? Does the Defamation Act 2013 affect Scotland? Does a journalist risk a criminal conviction if he/she pays a source for a story?”

These and other legal and ethical issues are to be discussed at a media law and ethics course taking place in Glasgow, being led by Davidson on the 16th of next month.

Says some blurb about the course: “As a journalist, Fiona challenged reporting restrictions at Employment Tribunals winning the right for journalists to challenge orders ‘gagging’ the Press.

“Fiona is also editing the NUJ’s guidance booklet on reporting mental health, mental illness and suicide and will discuss ethical issues regarding the reporting of suicide.”

For more details, email here. Or call 0141 248 6648.

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PRESSTEAM news agency is seeking a features writer/news reporter, as advertised here on allmediascotland and repeated on

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BEGINS the report, here, on “A new network initiative designed to increase the representation of women on air has been set up by the BBC.

“Global Women in News, or GWiN for short, will represent women on-air and in senior editorial positions, and also support women in developing their careers in the BBC.”

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AND begins The Drum media and marketing magazine: “The University of Glasgow is seeking specialist partners to help with the execution of student recruitment activity in both domestic and international markets, with the aim to raise the profile of the university in the UK and worldwide.”

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THE Scots craft ale outfit, BrewDog, has reacted in a typically cheeky way after being taken to task for some of its marketing.

According to reports (for instance, here), the brewers were found to have breached a code operated by the Portman Group, which seeks to encourage ‘responsible drinking’.

And BrewDog’s response? Read the Marketing Week article, here. Something about ‘not giving a… ‘.

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