Positively Scottish: solutions journalism that I'm proud to be part of

Earlier this week my friend and Herald ex-colleague Calum Macdonald launched Positively Scottish, a brand new site for Scotland focussing on positive news. Aside from the core concept of positive, actionable news which I wholeheartedly buy into, I also love that all of the contributing writers are being paid market rates for their content, giving aspiringContinue reading “Positively Scottish: solutions journalism that I'm proud to be part of”

My first opinion column in The Herald

<![CDATA[For around four years, alongside my design, technical and project management role at Herald & Times, I did a fair bit of writing for the papers. All of my columns were about gadgets or software: I wrote around 200 gadget reviews and occasionally did some comment pieces around product launches like the iPhone and iPad.Continue reading “My first opinion column in The Herald”

Paywall success: HeraldScotland breaks through 10,000 subscribers

<![CDATA[In Jan 2013 I took over responsibility for design, technology and subscriptions on Herald Scotland and our other news and magazine sites. In that first year we did a lot to improve the subscription experience, technology and security – a focus that continues today. Yesterday we announced a milestone event, with HeraldScotland passing 10,000 payingContinue reading “Paywall success: HeraldScotland breaks through 10,000 subscribers”

HeraldScotland wins commendation at the UK Online Media Awards

<![CDATA[The annual Online Media Awards, organised by The Drum, took place in London on Wednesday night. We received a commendation in the Best Commercial Innovation category, a recognition of the class-leading steps we’ve taken to build a metered paywall that is both secure and easy to access for search engines and aggregators. The changes weContinue reading “HeraldScotland wins commendation at the UK Online Media Awards”

Slap Nigel Farage… virtually (2 million and counting)

<![CDATA[Last week I had an idea for a wee online game/feature: the idea that we could (unscientifically) poll readers for/against Ukip by asking them to either slap Nigel Farage in the face or pat him on the back. Surprisingly, the idea was approved and I got to make the widget. Here it is… The widgetContinue reading “Slap Nigel Farage… virtually (2 million and counting)”

HeraldScotland 'Paywall 2.0' shortlisted for another prestigious award

<![CDATA[The subscription system and metered paywall technology that we redeveloped for heraldscotland.com in August 2013 has been shortlisted in The Drum's Online Media Awards. We're up for the Best Commercial Innovation award alongside just one other shortlisted submission: adnostic from Dennis Publishing. Winners will be announced on June 11 at the awards ceremony in LondonContinue reading “HeraldScotland 'Paywall 2.0' shortlisted for another prestigious award”

Scottish Newspaper Society: Opportunities in the digital age

<![CDATA[Yesterday I took part in the inaugural Scottish Newspaper Society conference. It was an honour to be asked to speak at such a prestigious event, sharing the lectern with Lord Black, Alex Salmond and Ellis Watson among other distinguished speakers. I was asked to talk about opportunities for Scottish newspapers in the digital age. MyContinue reading “Scottish Newspaper Society: Opportunities in the digital age”

The Scottish Newspaper Society Conference

<![CDATA[I've been asked to speak at the Scottish Newspaper Society Conference next week, an event that precedes the annual Scottish Press Awards at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow. My session is on the topic of “Opportunities in the digital age”, and I’ll be presenting alongside Professor Philip Schlesinger, Academic Director of the Centre for CulturalContinue reading “The Scottish Newspaper Society Conference”

Inspiring the next generation of journalists

<![CDATA[This week I had the pleasure of presenting at FutureNews 2014, a three-day event that brought together over 120 aspiring journalists from around the Commonwealth. I was asked to present a session on Tuesday on the subject of Social Media for journalists. I shared the hour-long session with David Milne from STV, with my partContinue reading “Inspiring the next generation of journalists”