Time running out

TIME is running out on market research on a proposed service to make life easier for commissioning editors and freelancers alike.

But you need to respond today, otherwise the exercise will be forced to conclude there is no appetite for what is being suggested.

The question is: If allmediascotland.com was to set up a ‘bulletin board’, to allow mainly freelancers to say what work they have done each day, to what extent would commissioning editors search it with a view to hiring?

In other words, if there was a facility for a photographer to post the fact that s/he has just done a series of shots of the First Minister at home, or a writer to say that s/he has just completed a feature on stem cell research, might that be worth searching for, with a view to possibly commissioning?

The search would be free. And you wouldn’t be commissioning blind, because you could check out samples of work on the freelancer’s web page on… allmediascotland.com.

So far there have been just three responses – each in favour of the proposal. Dozens more responses – for and against – are required before any decision can be made to proceed with the plan.

So, if you like what we’re proposing, you’ll need to let us know today. To be clear, this is a service being offered to Scotland’s media community, to bring commissioning editors and writers, photographers, etc closer together. But we won’t be going ahead with the idea, unless we get concrete, positive responses. Please respond to the following address: info@allmediascotland.com

NB This market research appeal is ending today. If you are working in the same room as a commissioning editor – pictures, features, etc, point out this story to them now. Tell them to respond, whether for or against. In fact, tell all your commissioning editor chums, be they on newspapers, magazines, independent TV production companies or in PR agencies