Your Noon Briefing: imPRESS awards unveil shortlist, David Ferguson, etc

A COMPETITION celebrating the best of magazines, newspapers, newsletters and digital publications produced by Scots school pupils has announced its shortlist.

The winners of the imPRESS awards will be revealed on the 13th of next month, in Edinburgh.

Read more, here.

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BEGINS The Guardian: “Senior executives at The Sun are to meet with campaign group All About Trans following the furore over the tabloid referring to scientist Dr Kate Stone as having a ‘sex swap’ in a story about her being gored by a stag [in Scotland].

“The meeting follows a landmark negotiation between the Press Complaints Commission and six newspapers – the Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, The Scottish Sun, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Record – after Stone lodged a complaint about the nature of the coverage.”

Read more, here.

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THE recent former rugby correspondent at The Scotsman has been named the head of public affairs at an umbrella organisation for sports, leisure and culture trusts across Scotland and England.

David Ferguson is now working for Sporta UK on a part-time basis, combining it with freelance work under the name, Ferguson Media, which will continue to produce video-based rugby show, which he developed while at The Scotsman and which he is in talks about moving to a wider audience.

Some 24 Scottish trusts are members of Sporta UK and manage an estimated 85 per cent of the publicly-owned sport, leisure and culture facilities in Scotland while UK trusts employ over 50,000 staff and have a combined turnover of £1 billion.

He left The Scotsman in March and told “I enjoyed my 14 years at The Scotsman and have become very enthusiastic about the digital revolution, and I’m encouraged by the interest in video journalism.

“I also care passionately about the future of sport in Scotland and sport, leisure and cultural facilities across the country. The trust model is a good one but too few people understand how it works, so Sporta is setting out to change that and help the government and sports bodies work more closely together with those on the ground making the real difference to lives and communities.

“So while I admit was concerned about what the future held after nearly 25 years in print journalism, leaving The Scotsman has given me the chance to use my experience and skills in different ways, which is exciting.”

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A HEAD of digital content is being sought by Romanes Media Group, as advertised here and repeated on

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BEGINS The Drum media and marketing magazine: “Magazine publishers must ‘get off their pessimistic arses’ if the fortunes of the industry are to be turned around, according to DC Thomson CEO, Ellis Watson.

“Delivering the Marcus Morris Lecture at the PPA’s Re-invented conference in London today Watson told the industry that it was time to face hard facts.”

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BEGINS the pro-Scots independence website, wingsoverscotland: “..we thought we’d study a week’s output from BBC One, the national broadcaster’s flagship channel, and see how much of it we could bear to live without.”

And there follows a breakdown of TV programmes – including 10.25 hours of programmes about antiques – to make that very point.

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A FORMER columnist on the Scottish Sunday Express has had her first novel just published.

Nicola Barry – who was with the Express between 2002 and two years ago and is also known for a long-running column in The Press and Journal newspaper – has already an autobiography out.

Her first novel, Fat? So!, is about ‘two women dying to be thin. But at what cost?’

Barry’s autobiography, Mother’s Ruin, was published by Headline, in 2007. She describes it as “a warts-and-all account of a childhood lost to a mother’s drinking”.

She has also written a play, Double Vision, which was originally showcased by the late Tom McGrath at the Edinburgh Festival.

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