Conference Offering Voluntary Organisations Chance to 'Pick the Brains' of the Media

Scotland's voluntary organisations are being offered the chance to 'pick the brains' of over a dozen media professionals – including journalists from the BBC and The Herald – to learn how to better connect with media.

At a conference being organised by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, taking place in a fortnight, The Scotsman's executive editor, Bill Jamieson, and the communications manager from Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, Marie McQuade, are to be joined by print, broadcast and digital experts, such as the Daily Record's Sam Booth and BBC Reporting Scotland's Jackie Houston.

Jamieson and McQuade are the keynote speakers at the event, taking place in Edinburgh. is among the volunteer speakers, co-hosting a workshop on how to pen the perfect media release.

The event is doubling up as the official relaunch of SCVO's weekly newspaper, Third Force News, plus its website.

The other speakers include Edd McCracken, arts and education correspondent, Sunday Herald; Rebecca McQuillan, feature writer, The Herald; Susan Smith, editor, TFNJ; Eleanor Bradford, health correspondent, BBC Scotland; Lorraine Herbison, head of news and sport, Radio Clyde; Iain Hepburn, executive editor, STV Local; Jonathan Melville, freelance digital editor, writer and journalist; Paula McNulty, account director, Weber Shandwick; Christina Cran, Cran Communications; Lauren Currie, Snook; Paul Murricane, Axis Media Group; and Maverick Photo Agency.