Your Noon Briefing: Scotland’s creative industries, The Skinny, etc

BEGINS an announcement from the House of Commons: “The Scottish Affairs Committee continue their inquiry into creative industries in Scotland on Wednesday.

“In the first session, they will hear from representatives of Equity, a trade union that represents thousands of performers and professionals working in creative industries, and Creative Skillset, an industry body for the sector.

“They will provide evidence on the current climate for creative professionals and how skills shortages in the creative industries in Scotland can be addressed.

“The second session, will investigate the importance of intellectual property (IP) rights to the creative sector and consider if any changes are needed to the current IP framework.

“For this session, the committee will be hearing from the Creative Coalition Campaign and the Alliance for Intellectual Property.”

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TRAINING in the likes of being an ‘effective freelancer’ and ‘advance internet research’ is being hosted during three months by the National Union of Journalists (Scotland).

The training on offer is, as follows:

* Monday, November 23 – Writing for the web

* Friday, November 27 – The effective freelance

* Tuesday, December 1 – Feature writing

* Friday, December 4 – Travel writing

* Tuesday, December 8 – Advanced internet research

* Friday, January 29 – Public relations

Full course outlines can be obtained via the training website at

Or email

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THE Skinny – the free, arts newspaper – has announced today it is launching online ticketing for events and gigs across the UK.

The newspaper – launched in October ten years ago in an Edinburgh tenement flat – says the move is among the first undertaken by a print publication.

Says an announcement: “By January 2016, it will offer the option to purchase tickets to events and gigs through”

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BEGAN Teddy Jamieson, in yesterday’s Sunday Herald: “They came for Christine Alaba in the middle of the night. Members of the Lord’s Resistance Army pulled her and her husband, David, from their beds.

“They made Christine build a fire for cooking. The teenager soon realised with horror that it was her husband they intended to cook.

“Christine’s story is just one of those told in a new interactive graphic novel compiled by Glasgow photojournalist, Marc Ellison, and Ugandan artist, Christian Mafigiri.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS “Scottish justice secretary, Michael Matheson, has refused to say whether he knows if Police Scotland is one of the forces under investigation for breaching the Save Our Sources law.”

Read more, here.

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