It’s that time of year, when Scotland’s hacks pour over the shortlist for the Press Awards to see if they’ve made the cut this time round. Continue reading “Best Foote forward as Record dominates Press Award nominations”
I sadly never knew Esther Beadle during my second run at Lang Stracht, even though our spells there overlapped, and we shared mutual friends across the newsrooms in the bunker. But I wanted to share this remarkable, brave and honest piece of writing by her from earlier this week. Continue reading “Sobering reading”
It has been fascinating reading over the last couple of days that the new US President, Donald Trump, is likely to spend much of his state visit to the UK in Scotland.
Not least because, for all the Donald continues to give the media of his own nation a hard time, he’s on record as throwing his support behind the press of his (literal) motherland. Continue reading “Trump card”
It was snowing 18 years ago. I’d walked down Ashvale Lane in Aberdeen to the Spar at the bottom of the street, then back up again. At that time of the morning, in a bitterly cold, wintery Sunday morning, there was pretty much nobody else about.
Much of the next hour or so was spent on the phone to my old colleague and podcasting partner Craig McGill, dissecting pretty much page by page the first edition of the Sunday Herald, and whether it was worth the trudge through the snow. Continue reading “Coming of age”
What is the lowest circulation point an indigenous Scottish national newspaper can fall to before it becomes economically unsustainable to keep printing? The answer may soon be revealed after the latest round of ABCs revealed troubling numbers for Scotland’s big super-regionals. Continue reading “How low can they go?”
Okay. Take a look at the two screengrabs below. Two stories, about virtually identical topics, told a month apart. Continue reading “Spot the difference”
It’s been a long time since I was regularly blogging. In fact, it’s almost five years since I wrote my last blog for The Drum, looking at the state of the Scottish media in the early 2010s.
It’d be nice to say that things had improved in that time. Or at the very least, that things hadn’t particularly changed. But the sad truth, of course, is that the Scottish media is in a more perilous state than ever. Continue reading “Duck and Cover”