Your Noon Briefing: Celtic Media Festival (day one winners), James Cook, etc

A SCOTS TV programme was yesterday among the first winners at the Celtic Media Festival, taking place in Inverness until tomorrow.

Katie Morag, made by Move on Up, took the Children’s prize at the festival (the prizes known as Torcs).

In a Celtic Media Festival announcement, Move on Up’s Lindy Cameron is quoted, as saying: “It means so much to win this award because I’ve been coming to Celtic Media Festival for a long time. I was actually a runner on the festival here in Inverness in 1987, so it’s lovely to win this award in Inverness.”

An estimated 400 delegates are in Inverness. Not in its 36th year, the Celtic Media Festival is a celebration of film, television, radio and digital media from the Celtic ‘nations and regions’.

The other day one winners were:

Category – winner – country – production company/broadcaster

Arts – Dolores Keane: A Storm in the Heart – Ireland – RTÉ/Scratch Films Ltd

Animation – The Hunchback in the Park – Wales – BBC Cymru Wales

Entertainment – Dim Byd – Wales – S4C/Cwmni Da

Sport – Arkle – Ireland – TG4/Touchline Media

Best app – Seamus Heaney: Five Fables – Ireland – Flickerpix/Touch Press

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THE Scotland correspondent at the BBC, James Cook, is to swap Holyrood for Hollywood, taking up the post of Los Angeles correspondent for the Corporation.

He moves in late summer.

Cook began his career in journalism as a teenager, first reading the news on Radio Tay in Dundee at the age of 15 before moving to Radio Forth in Edinburgh and then on to BBC Radio Scotland in 1998 as a sub-editor.

Before taking up his current role with BBC network news in 2008, he presented a range of programmes for the BBC including Reporting Scotland, Good Morning Scotland and Newsdrive.

He has reported from Australia, Asia, Latin America and the United States, where he covered the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the 2004 US presidential election.

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BEGINS The Drum media and marketing magazine (here): “The Drum has been shortlisted for six awards, including business magazine of the year at the [Professional Publishers Association] Awards.

“There is recognition for both our print title and online efforts, with further nominations coming in the digital innovation of the year, gamechanger of the year and media brand of the year business media categories.”

The shortlist for this year’s PPA Awards – for magazines across the UK – also sees The Big Issue in the running for the Cover of the Year prize.

The cover – marking Remembrance Sunday – is one of ten shortlisted by the trade body.

It’s an online vote, open to the general public.

Voting ends June 5. Check it out here.

And check out all the nominations, here.

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BEGINS “Dutch news website, De Correspondent, has released a short guide to crowdfunding journalism.

“In 2013, the founders of the website raised $1.7 million (about £1.1m) from nearly 20,000 backers in eight days.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS Scott Wright, in The Herald: “Tayburn, the Edinburgh-based brand agency, has recorded its turned in its best financial performance in a decade, buoyed by growing business outside Scotland.”

Read more, here.

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