Media release: Scots justice and social affairs magazine celebrates first anniversary


SCOTS justice and social affairs magazine, 1919, is celebrating its first anniversary with the launch of today’s latest edition.

The digital-only publication was unveiled in June last year and has since become an established part of the mainstream media in Scotland.

As well as building a strong readership base in its own right, the magazine’s exclusive stories have repeatedly set the news agenda on the BBC, STV and in newspapers, as well as prompting questions in parliament.

1919 is editorially independent and the publication is led by head of content, Gemma Fraser. The magazine also provides opportunities for freelance journalists and photographers, helping to boost Scotland’s successful mainstream media industry.

The project is being funded by the Scottish Police Federation and its ongoing operation is overseen by experienced former journalists, Alan Roden and Christine Lavelle from Quantum Communications, and Adam Morris from Shorthand PR, who are also part of the editorial team.

The magazine’s name is a reference to the year the Scottish Police Federation was founded.

Writing in the June issue of 1919 Magazine, Quantum Communications director, Alan Roden said: “We’re now firmly embedded as part of the media landscape, and we aim to continue setting the agenda.

“Journalism, like policing, is a public service. And, just like budget cuts are threatening what the police can deliver, so too is journalism under threat.

“Yet, while sales of print editions of newspapers may be in decline, demand for content is on the rise – it is just being read in different formats.

“And when investment is made in journalism, that demand increases even further.

“So we are grateful to the Scottish Police Federation for devising a new model which has resulted in a permanent new addition to the quality mainstream media landscape.”

David Hamilton, chair of the Scottish Police Federation, added: “By producing 1919 we have been providing a vehicle to air the issues that affect us all.

“We also wanted to support quality journalism, photography and design in Scotland and act as an enabler to supply media outlets with interesting and engaging stories.

“From the outset we wanted 1919 journalists to be independent in their thinking and credible in their writing.

“They work on their own sources, develop their own stories and are free to pursue stories wherever they go.

“One year on, our team have met all these objectives.”


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