Your Noon Briefing: Scotsman group editorial appointments, local news recommendations, etc

PLANS to merge the editorial desks at the Scotsman group of newspapers – The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News – have taken a step forward with the naming of key editorial staff, with group-wide responsibilities.

While the papers are still seeking someone to fill the role, group head of content, other roles such as group head of sport have been established.

Staff tomorrow are to be presented with further details regarding roles and work patterns. At the end of October (and noted here), it was announced that between 35 and 45 editorial posts were at risk of redundancy, from a reported complement of 171 when including casual workers.

Meanwhile, the group heads are as follows:

Deputy editors: Kenny Farquharson​ and ​Euan McGrory

Group head of production – Mark Adamson

Group head of magazines – Alison Gray

Group head of sport – Donald Walker

Group head of pictures – Roger Jonathan

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THE UK Government should consider opening up support schemes for local news, such as the Community Radio Fund, to those delivering hyperlocal news on other platforms – according to the findings of a report about the provision of local news.

The report follows a funding programme run these last two years by the Carnegie UK Trust.

Five local news projects were each funded to the tune of £10,000. And the resulting feedback has led to the trust coming up with 11 recommendations for ‘how government, regulators, funders and other local news providers can support community-led local news’.

Another recommendation is that the Big Lottery Fund should consider putting together a new funding programme dedicated to the hyperlocal news sector.

The report can be found here.

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A MULTI-media reporter is being sought by the Helensburgh Advertiser, as advertised here on the media jobs board.

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BEGINS The Drum media and marketing magazine (here), about Scot, Euan Jarvie: “[Media planning and buying agency] Carat Global has appointed Euan Jarvie executive director, where he will be responsible for overseeing the agency’s key global clients.

“Joining from [rival media planning and buying agency] MediaCom, where he most recently held the role of chief operating officer, EMEA. Jarvie will take up his new position in January.”

Says Jarvie’s LinkedIn profile, he was managing director (Scotland and Ireland) at MediaCom Scotland for almost 12 years, until five-and-a-half years ago.

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TRIBUTES continue to pour in for Norman Mair, who has died, aged 86.

As noted yesterday (here), Mair is arguably best known for his rugby and golf writing for The Scotsman.

And The Scotsman today carries further eulogies, in addition to those published yesterday: by golf correspondent, Martin Dempster (here), and former Scotland and British and Irish Lions rugby coach, Sir Ian McGeechan (here).

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THE Glasgow-based PR agency, 3×1, has announced it has been appointed to promote the Scottish events being staged by the representative body for the marketing industry, the Marketing Society.

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JOURNALIST readers of can support the site very simply and quickly by following any of its several twitter feeds, comprising story ideas.

In doing so, they will assist in’s promotional efforts, helping organisations connect with the media, via the uploading of their media releases.

The various twitter feeds can be found, here.

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TWEETED The Herald editor, Magnus Llewellin, this morning: “Afraid production problems mean we lost p13 in many copies of today’s Herald and reprinted a page from yesterday. Apologies to all readers.”

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