@ University of Stirling

A Eulogy for the Book?: By the Boo...

A Eulogy for the Book?: By the Book 2

This year’s theme, ‘Books and reading in an age of media overload’, naturally led to much angst over the future of the book in age where smartphones, tablets and a range of other devices can provide users with instant gratification compared to the slow burn of reading a good book. While many have mourned for […]

Looking at the stars: George Brown and the Hetherington Arch...

Looking at the stars: George Brown and the Hetherington Archive

There’s a fabulous story about George Brown, the former British Foreign Secretary in Harold Wilson’s first government. It’s almost certainly not true, but it should be. Brown was a drunk in an era when it was quite acceptable to be a senior member of Her Majesty’s Government while being incapable of functioning as a rational […]

A room with a v...

A room with a view

Fans of British comedy of the 1980s will be familiar with the involuntary and politically incorrect image that rushes into Reggie Perrin’s mind every time his mother-in-law is mentioned. His wife doesn’t see what he sees, but his face betrays the fact that something is amiss. Although I couldn’t see inside their heads, I noticed […]

Media industry seminar on the television coverage of the Scottish referen...

Media industry seminar on the television coverage of the Scottish referendum

The 2014 Scottish independence referendum was one of the most important political events in the media last year and generated unprecedented engagement among the electorate. As part of the research project I have been working on in the last few months, looking at the framing of the referendum on television, I recently organised a seminar […]

Coulson and the persecution of journali...

Coulson and the persecution of journalists

Former Scotsman political editor Fraser Nelson, now editor of The Spectator, has written an excellent analysis of the collapse of the Andy Coulson perjury trial and the prosecution of journalists, making very valid points about what it is easy to argue has become the judicial persecution of journalists who believed they were doing their jobs […]

The Brussels Bubble and the Holyrood Hub – Stirling Public Relations & Public Affairs Field T...

The Brussels Bubble and the Holyrood Hub – Stirling Public Relations & Public Affairs Field Trip

Masters students from the Stirling Public Relations and Strategic Communications programmes participated in two bespoke fieldtrips in the Autumn semester 2015. The first leg involved a two-day fieldtrip in Brussels, meeting communications staff working within the institutions, and public affairs professionals trying to influence EU policy making. The group received expert briefings from European Commission […]

Write more by writing less: the musings of a perpetual university waff...

Write more by writing less: the musings of a perpetual university waffler

As I write this, I am experiencing what can only be described as some kind of post-uni limbo: fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to work as a sportswriter for a national newspaper (a job I’ve craved from an early age), but not yet long enough in the job to have shaken off […]

4th Years at the ...

BBC 1group on BBC steps

A group of 4th year Film and Media production students were treated to a tour of the radio drama studios at BBC Scotland in Glasgow last week.  Accompanied by radio tutors Suzy Angus and Janieann McCracken, the students were welcomed by Development Producer of Drama, David Neville.  After a visit to the edit suite, David took everyone […]

Radio Students Receive Jonathan Witchell Memorial Pr...

Witchell winners 2014

    The Jonathan Witchell Memorial Prize for Best Radio Feature 2014 has been awarded to Carolyn Kennedy, David Mercer, Dionne Cassidy, Eilidh Campbell and Alex Trimble. Their winning piece, “An American in Britain” was produced last semester as part of their third year module in Radio Feature Production.  The programme profiles the volunteers who work […]

Ross Brannigan Reports on #Indy...

Indy Ref 3

Sometimes opportunities will arise in your journalist career that you are just going to have to jump at: the chance to meet a distinguished politician, celebrity, or sports star; the chance to report on an election in a foreign country; the chance to work with a well-known company to cover an event. These chances may […]