What I Owe The Scotsman…

October 24, 2011

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I woke up on Saturday morning and checked Twitter. A friend had Tweeted about The Scotsman newspaper which was carrying an interview with Rangers owner Craig Whyte. I was very interested in reading this so I clicked the link and read the article.  Once I’d finished I turned my phone off and got up. Then I thought […]

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**For Teachers – Is this too much?

October 24, 2011

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Some people are very upset because newspapers and television news bulletins chose to show very graphic pictures of Colonel Gadaffi’s bloodied and battered body after his capture and killing last week. There were pictures of him being held to a truck moment before he died. Some outlets went further and showed his body AFTER his […]

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Reid Kerr College visit…

September 26, 2011

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Every year for the last 5 years I’ve spent an afternoon with the students on the HNC Creative Industries:Radio Broadcasting course at Reid Kerr College, Paisley. My first boss, John Collins is their lecturer and over the years he’s done a tremendous job building up the course and making it super relevant to today’s broadcasting […]

All about risk…

September 26, 2011

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Risk I vividly remember a conversation I had with a friend about 8 years ago. I was having a moan and she gave me great advice. At the time, I had a nice stable job reading news bulletins on a big commercial radio station. I enjoyed it, but I wanted more. 5 minute news bulletins […]

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Interview with Alan Fisher

September 23, 2011

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This is worth a read, an interview on AllMediaScotland.com with Alan Fisher who’s gone from Radio Clyde through GMTV and now onto a key role in Washington with Al Jazeera. Good stuff about his early days in journalism in Motherwell, how he learnt the art of writing for TV, and what impact social media has had […]

**For teachers:Class discussion – Can blogs replace newspapers?

September 22, 2011

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(LEVEL: Advanced – senior pupils, college students) We regularly hear claims about the newspaper industry going downhill. Falling circulation figures, declining ad revenues, redundancies, and some titles even closing down. “Fast forward a few years” some of the experts say “and there’ll be no papers left, we’ll get our news for free on the internet”. And […]

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Why Am I Doing This?

September 12, 2011

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A fair question and one I’ve been asked a few times since starting this website. It’s partly because in the last few years, members of the next generation of broadcasters have been asking me for help and advice on how to get started and I think it makes sense to get as much information as […]

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