Your Noon Briefing: Gordon Jack, national newspaper circulations, etc

WIDELY reported – including here (the Linlithgow Gazette), here (STV) and page three of yesterday’s Sunday Herald: the sad news of the death of Scots photographer, Gordon Jack, the operator of the Scot Image agency in Linlithgow, who collapsed while at the wedding rehearsal of Scots tennis star, Andy Murray.

Began the BBC website (here) on Saturday: “A 47-year-old photographer who became unwell as press and the public gathered outside Dunblane Cathedral for Andy Murray’s wedding rehearsal has died.

“Gordon Jack was taken to hospital at about 16:40 on Friday, but died on Saturday afternoon.

“The former Daily Record photographer collapsed and fell to the ground as pictures of Murray were taken as he walked outside the cathedral.

“He was described as an ‘outstanding photographer’.

“First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has sent her condolences to Mr Jack’s family.

“She tweeted: ‘Totally devastated to hear about the death of Gordon Jack. A lovely man and a great photographer. My thoughts with his family & colleagues.’

“Daily Record picture editor, Alasdair Baird, said: “Gordon was an outstanding photographer and journalist who was loved and respected in equal measure by his colleagues.”

The NUJ Scotland tweeted: “Photographers on [the Murray] job are devastated for Gordon Jack.”

Tristan Stewart-Robertson, in today’s Scotsman, writes that Jack was remembered in prayers at Dunblane Cathedral yesterday.

And there is a warm, double-page spread tribute to Jack, by Annie Brown, in today’s Daily Record. Read it here. The heading reads: ‘Record photographer Gordon Jack 1968-2015: Tenacious and talented, he sweated blood for the photo no one else got’.

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TRAINING in the likes of social media and feature writing is being offered by the National Union of Journalists in Scotland – this month and next.

On Monday, the 27th of this month, there are two half-day courses, each introductions to social media. For NUJ members, the cost to attend is £45.

Two days later, there is a full day’s training, on TV interviewing skills for journalists – cost £100.

Then, on the eight of next month, there’s a day-long course, on feature writing and pitching – again, £100.

Monday, May 11 sees training on search engine optimisation (£100), with the following Monday taking a look at ePublishing (also, £100).

On Tuesday May 26, it’s back to the two half-day introductions to social media.

And looking much further ahead, there is a travel feature full-day course – on September 4.

Says Joan Macdonald, training manager, NUJ Training Scotland: “At the moment, these courses are scheduled to run in Glasgow but if there is the demand in other areas we can look at putting on future dates.

“Full course outlines can be obtained from the website under ‘Professional Training Courses’.”

Contact Joan on 0141 248 6648/7748 or by email, here.

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FOR the third, consecutive month, the year-on-year circulation in Scotland of The Times newspaper has increased, according to the latest official figures.

Says newspapers auditing body, ABC, the average circulation in Scotland of the paper during last month was 18,771 – up 3.4 per cent on the average of 18,155 during March last year.

Read more, here.

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BEGINS Scotland on Sunday: “[First Minister] Nicola Sturgeon last night condemned those who resort to abuse after a leading journalist said he witnessed ‘dark nationalism’ at an SNP rally.

“The First Minister acted after Sky’s political editor, Faisal Islam, claimed that an independence supporter had questioned his suitability for reporting on the rally because he was not Scottish.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS Graeme Virtue, here, in The Guardian: “You can see strange things if you venture north of the Wall: wildlings, mammoth-wrangling giants, maybe even a White Walker. Now there’s a new addition to that list: a Bank of Scotland TV campaign with the iron clackers to brazenly invoke Game of Thrones.”

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A CALL for entries has been made by the organisers of an UK-wide competition celebrating the best of internal communications.

Say the organisers: “The [Institute of Internal Communication] Awards 2015 are now open for entries, recognising the best of the best in strategy, quality, innovation, good practice and creativity in internal communication.”

The winners will be announced on September 25.

For more information, click here.

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THE deadline is looming for applications for apprenticeship places at BBC Scotland.

The applications day is Friday.

Read more, here.

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