Your noon briefing: Media awards nomination for Paul O’Hare, Scottish Creative Awards, etc

A STORY about a Scots charity operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo has earned its writer – the Daily Record’s crime reporter, Paul O’Hare – a nomination in UK-wide awards celebrating the best of human rights journalism.

O’Hare was reporting vital work being undertaken by the charity, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund.

His piece was published by the paper, here, in February.

And it has secured him a shortlisting in the Nations & Regions category of this year’s Amnesty International Media Awards – as noted here.

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THE Evening Telegraph newspaper in Dundee is seeking a senior reporter.

The vacancy is advertised here, on the media jobs board – good for media jobs in Dundee, good for media jobs in Edinburgh, etc, etc.

Meanwhile, Skills Development Scotland is seeking an external comms manager – as advertised here.

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Reports The Drum media and marketing magazine, with ad blocking ‘on the rise’, the increasing alternative might well be content in the form of a media release.

Begins The Drum: “Ad avoidance is on the rise, prompting major changes in how brands should engage with mobile audiences in particular, with speakers at today’s Ad:Tech London conference claiming advertisers will have to increase investment in native formats, as well as address their search strategies as a result.

“Apple recently issued its iOS9 update with ad blocking software integrated into it, and has led to an upsurge in ad blocking (part of the overall ‘ad avoidance’ trend), according to research released this week, although media-buyers are not necessarily frightened by the trend.”

Read more, here. To find out more about the media release posting service on AMS, click here.

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SOME of the country’s most creative agencies – across categories including outdoor advertising, cinema advertising, photography and copywriting – were to the fore at an awards ceremony celebrating the best of Scotland’s media creativity.

The Scottish Creative Awards were held last week in Glasgow, hosted by The Drum media and marketing magazine.

Read more, here, as part of the Media Awards regular feature on

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BEGINS an announcement from newspapers, comics and magazines publisher, DC Thomson: “DC Thomson has today released the official Thunderbirds Are Go Magazine to accompany ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures’ action adventure series Thunderbirds Are Go.

“Issue one, on sale today, is the first of a four-weekly magazine priced at £3.99 and aimed at children aged six to 12. Each issue of the magazine contains epic missions, mega make-its, jokes, comic adventures, Brains’ coolest gadgets and a Thunderbirds Are Go branded gift.”

Read more, here.

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THE Scotsman’s Brian Ferguson begins, today, page three: “Robert Carlyle, David Tennant, Emma Thompson and the live stage version of Still Game are in the running for major honours at the annual Scottish Baftas.”

Read more, here.

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