Media release: News Academy Scotland – investing in the future of journalism


NEWS Scotland’s annual News Academy conference – investing in the future of journalism – takes place in Glasgow tomorrow [Tuesday] at the offices of News Scotland, publishers of The Times Scotland, The Sunday Times Scotland, The Scottish Sun and The Scottish Sun on Sunday.

The conference, which is free to attend, is open to students of journalism in Scotland, for those aged 16+, with attendance currently at around 140 students.

The conference will be hosted by Scottish Sun editor, Alan Muir, who is available for interview to talk about the need to invest in the next generation of journalists in Scotland.

Broadcast organisations can get camera shots or audio clips of attendees, on an agreed basis.

This is a significant event in developing, encouraging and mentoring future talent for journalism in Scotland.

Previewing the News Academy conference, Alan Muir said: “News Scotland are proud to support and encourage future generations of journalists through our annual News Academy conference.

“As young people consider a career in the media, the News Academy provides attendees with quality information and insights about the industry from senior journalists, how it works, the craft of journalism and what makes a good story.

“The Academy reflects the ingredients of News Scotland’s own success – investment in journalism and effective promotion.”

Notes for editors:

The News Academy Conference will be addressed by Kaye Adams, TV and radio broadcaster and presenter of Radio Scotland’s Call Kaye phone-in discussion show, who will discuss her career development and industry insights.

There will be a panel discussion about ‘fake news’ involving Sam Poling, BAFTA award-winning BBC journalist; Magnus Llewellin, editor of The Times Scotland; John Boothman, Scottish political correspondent for The Sunday Times; and Andy Nicoll, associate editor, Politics, The Scottish Sun.

Breakout sessions will focus on ‘how-to’ tips from top journalists, including:

Helen Puttick, health reporter, The Times Scotland and Magnus Llewellin, editor, The Times Scotland

Roger Hannah, sports content editor, The Scottish Sun and Jason Allardyce, editor, The Sunday Times Scotland

James McIvor, head of Digital, The Scottish Sun and Kris Gilmartin, online news editor, The Scottish Sun

Sam Poling, BBC journalist and Gill Smith, deputy editor, The Scottish Sun

Bev Lyons, freelance showbiz journalist and Tam Cowan, sports solumnist, The Scottish Sun

Gillian Bowditch, columnist/feature writer, The Sunday Times Scotland and John Boothman, Scottish political correspondent, The Sunday Times Scotland

Rachel Mains, digital reporter, The Scottish Sun and Ross Brady, digital reporter, The Scottish Sun

Graduates from the News Academy who now work on News Scotland titles will also be at the breakout sessions.

For further information, please call Kevin Pringle at Charlotte Street Partners on 07880 204256.

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