Your Noon Briefing: Celtic Media Festival (day two winners), ‘new confidence’ in newspaper industry, etc

A SCOTS TV programme that looked at what it was like being a 16 year-old in Scotland last year has been named a winner at the 36th Celtic Media Festival – celebrating film, television, radio and digital media from the Celtic ‘nations and regions’, and taking place in Inverness.

Day two (yesterday) of the festival saw BBC Scotland’s Being Sixteen take the Young People prize (aka Torc) at the festival, which is being attended by an estimated 400 delegates.

Says a Celtic Media Festival announcement: “For the first time ever in Scotland, 16 and 17 year-olds were given the right to vote and nearly 100,000 registered to take part in the referendum on Scottish independence.

“Filmed over a year and all over Scotland, these two films offer a snapshot of what it’s like to be 16 in 2014.

“In the second programme we meet football-mad Kieran in Wick, would-be actress Margot in Skye, apprentice joiner Gaelan in Shetland, musician Gregor in Kilmarnock and Amy-Jo from Kirriemuir who’s learning to fly.

“They share their thoughts about family relationships, first love and their hopes and fears for the future.”

The announcement quotes Matt Pinder and Natalie Moss, from BBC Scotland, saying: “Winning a Celtic Media Festival Award is a great honour. There’s a real sense of community here at the Celtic Media Festival, and it’s really nice to be able to see other Celtic talent here at the festival.”

The other day two winners were:

Category – winner – country – production company/broadcaster

Feature-length drama – Patrick’s Day – Ireland – Ignition Film Productions

Factual entertainment – Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience – Wales – BBC Wales/Zipline Creative

Short drama – Sínte – Ireland – Síol Scéal

Current affairs – The Disappeared – Ireland – BBC NI/RTÉ/Erica Starling Productions

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BEGINS a story on page two of today’s Herald: “There is a ‘new confidence’ emerging in the newspaper industry as advertisers realise the importance and reach of traditional print products, according to a leading industry analyst.

“KPMG partner and UK head of media, David Elms, is the latest figure to talk up the industry as it emerges from a difficult transitional period.”

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BEGINS an announcement from AVC Media: “AVC Media, an Aberdeen-based media and communications company, has been announced as winners at the Recommended Agency Register (RAR) Awards 2015.

“The prestigious event took place [on Wednesday night] at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, in London.

“Receiving the award for ‘TV/Video/Audio Production’, AVC Media were the only Scottish company to be formally recommended by its clients in this category.”

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BEGINS an announcement, issued today: “O’Leary PR, have today appointed Eilidh Walker as PR Intern, following a busy period of expansion and client wins for the agency, which has offices in Edinburgh and Dunfermline.

“Eilidh (22) joined the company, which has offices in Edinburgh and Fife, on April 20th after completing her journalism degree at Edinburgh’s Napier University. She has previously held PR internships with leading online travel brand, Skyscanner and Macmillan Cancer Support.”

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AS part of what we hope – at – will become a series of seminars, we are delighted to announce that Susan Smith – editor of Third Force News, published by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations – is next week taking part in a question-and-answer session in Edinburgh.

Subscribers to the media release posting service can attend, for just £5.

For non-subscribers, it is £20 (for information on our media release posting service, click here).

The event is taking place on Friday, May 1, 1430hours to 1700hours, and will include a chance to reflect on one’s media release writing skills.

For more information, email here.

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A DIGITAL and social media officer is being sought by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations – as advertised here, on the media jobs board.

And repeated here, on

Please do mention when replying to job ads you see on the site.

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ENTRIES are being invited for a competition celebrating the best of mental health coverage by the media.

Says an announcement from the mental health charity, Mind: “The Mind Media Awards, which celebrate the best examples of reporting and portrayals of mental health in print, broadcast and digital media, opens for entries.

“The event, organised by the mental health charity Mind, invites journalists, bloggers, broadcasters and production teams to submit work which has helped to raise awareness of mental health problems and tackle outdated stereotypes.”

The deadline is June 26.

Read more, here.

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