Your Noon Briefing: Award launched in memory of Jan Fairley, Readly reportedly readying for UK launch, etc

AN award celebrating the life and work of the late music journalist and academic, Jan Fairley, is accepting entries.

Fairley was arguably best known for her articles about World Music and Latin America, many appearing in The Scotsman newspaper.

She died two years ago and her local, Edinburgh Freelance branch of the National Union of Journalists has set up the award in her memory, aimed at Edinburgh-based journalists ‘at the start of their career’.

This is the first year of the award. For more details, click here.

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THE Scottish Government has reportedly “unveiled a tender notice for a four-year print and design framework, which will cover all Scottish councils, NHS bodies and some universities”.

Says The Drum media and marketing magazine: “Valued at between £50 million and £70 million, the agency awarded the framework will be expected to provide publishing, print, design and associated services including display materials, promotional items, and DVD replication and duplication.”

In a separate story, The Drum is also reporting: “The City of Edinburgh [Council] has issued a £50 million tender for a multitude of advertising services.

“The tender does not make it clear whether one company is being sought or a framework will be put in place, although it does not split the diverse number of services into lots.”

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A TRAINEE reporter is being sought by Dunfermline Press newspaper, as advertised, here.

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A SWEDEN-based company is reportedly planning to create a Spotify-style service for UK digital magazines.

Says “Sweden-based company Readly has announced plans to a launch Spotify-style product for UK digital magazines. Like Spotify does for music, Readly offers readers unlimited downloads of digital magazines for £9.99 a month.”

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A BOOK written by an Edinburgh-based PR consultant has been warmly showcased in The Herald.

Russell Leadbetter writes about The Wee Fellas, by Ken Houston (writing under the name, Richard Maitland).

The book tells the story of men under the height of 5’3″, who fought during the First World War.

Read more, here, on allmediascotland, from December.

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THE Scottish division of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and its annual conference – in Glasgow, next month – will be welcoming newspapers and magazines distribution group, Menzies, as its ‘platinum sponsor’.

Read more, here.

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MORE from yesterday’s tale on Scotland understood to be losing out to Wales for a film and TV studio.

Writes Phil Miller, in The Herald, today: “A Scottish film studio could have been set up in Glasgow by Pinewood Studios, but its favoured site did not satisfy ‘technical needs’,  it has emerged.”

And Celia Stevenson – former comms chief at the former quango, Scottish Screen – has a letter published in The Herald, saying – somewhat tongue-in-cheek – the amount of money spent on various feasibility studies would have probably paid for half a new Scots studio.

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