Your Noon Briefing: Award for The Drum’s managing director, DC Thomson invests in self-publishing service, etc

THE managing director of Glasgow-based The Drum media and marketing magazine was among the winners last night at awards celebrating the best of UK magazines.

Diane Young was named winner of the category, Publishing Innovator of the Year (under £10m), at the PPA Awards.

Says the magazine (here): “Young was up against nominees from Apptitude Media, Dezeen, PA Life, Forum Events Media, Think, The Slow Journalism Company, Procurement Leaders and Progressive Customer Publishing in the Under £10m category.”

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AN online resource designed to help writers self-publish in eBook format – including, if required, with editorial support – has attracted investment from the newspapers, magazines and comics publisher, Dundee-based DC Thomson.

The networking service provided by Reedsy has attracted the backing of DC Thomson Ventures and also Seedcamp, which is described as ‘Europe’s premier micro-seed investment fund and mentoring programme’.

Read more, here, on the DC Thomson website.

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BEGINS The Drum marketing and media magazine: “The national newspaper industry has launched a review into current metrics for audience measurement in a bid to establish a system that tracks readership across various digital platforms.

“Newsworks – the marketing body for national newspapers – will oversee the appointment of a strategy consultant to head up the process, which follows consultation with advertisers and media agencies, while a statutory 18-month notice period has now been served on the National Readership Survey, which operates the industry’s current measurement system.”

Read more, here. And also here on and here on

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JUST out, this very moment: the latest sales-in-Scotland figures for national newspapers. Find out more on Monday, on

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PLANNING a meeting with a prospective client in London? The Drum media and marketing magazine has compiled a very helpful list (here) of 20 restaurant options. It fair gets the juices flowing…

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INTERESTING read on the website of the International News Media Association (INMA), that begins: “[Belgian] regional title, Het Belang van Limburg, launched a section to answer reader questions, reinforcing its role as a pillar in the community beyond the dissemination of news. Readers get real solutions – not simply advice – from journalists in the Monday section.”

Read more, here.

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THE controller of film and drama at Channel 4 has been announced as one of the key guests at this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival.

The event – sponsored by The Guardian –  sees Tessa Ross take part in the Richard Dunn Memorial Interview.

Says the GEITF: “From TV dramas such as Shameless, Teachers and Sex Traffic, to films including 12 Years a Slave, Slumdog Millionaire and This is England, Tessa Ross is behind some of the biggest and most ground-breaking hits of our generation.

“Despite this, she has been dubbed ‘the world’s most modest movie queen’. Tessa Ross joined Channel 4 in 2000 and became Head of Film4 in 2003, followed by controller of Film and Drama in 2008. Under Tessa’s leadership, Film4 has become synonymous with the most innovative talent in the UK, both new and established, and has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years.”

Find out more about the festival, here.

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A COMMUNICATIONS officer (on a permanent basis) and another (on a two-year posting) is being sought by North Ayrshire Council, which is also seeking a marketing and events officer (to provide maternity cover).

All three posts are being advertised on, on its media jobs board:

1. Communications officer – permanent: here.

2. Communications officer – two-year posting: here.

3. Marketing and events officer – maternity cover: here.

The closing date for applications is the fourth of next month.

All three adverts are flagged up on the allmediascotland media jobs twitter feed, here.

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REPORTS the Press Complaints Commission, here, about a complaint against the Scottish Daily Mail being resolved: “[There was a complaint] about an article which [was] considered to have been inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice.

“The complainant believed readers had been misled because an article about NHS expenditure on high-fluoride toothpaste failed to note that it was only available on prescription.”

“The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction: An article on 24 March reported that the NHS spends £800,000 on four brands of toothpaste a year. We have been asked to clarify that ‘Duraphat’, one of these high fluoride toothpastes, is a prescription-only treatment to protect the teeth from decay as a result of having Xerostomia.”

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