Beyond the Noise: Media decay and the democratic alternative
Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 news cycle and gets to the heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines.
THIS week Jamieson speaks to Layla-Roxanne Hill, a director at the Ferret, Scotland's investigative journalism cooperative, about the state of the media in Scotland and the role of new media.
0:51 – How are The Ferret and other forms of new media contributing to the struggling media landscape in Scotland?
Sarah Glynn: The independence movement cannot afford to be neutral on the smearing of Jeremy Corbyn
Sarah Glynn, a founding member of Scottish Jews against Zionism and not a member of any political party, argues that all who seek to challenge the British establishment should take issue with attempts to smear Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite
AS THE full weight of the British establishment comes together to smear the Labour left and try and pre-empt the election of a Corbyn-led government, independence supporters cannot afford to stand aside and watch.
UK Government hosts global press freedom conference on same day as it defends spying on journalists in court
“It is ironic that on the very day the Bureau is making this case against the British government’s surveillance regime in the highest court in Europe, the same government is hosting a global summit on press freedom.”
Neil McLeod: The media made 'Boris' - just like they made Trump
CommonSpace columnist Neil McLeod looks at how an incompetent Etonian bigot came to be the strong favourite for the top job in the UK – and what comparisons there are with the rise of Donald Trump in the US
CURRENTLY playing in UK cinemas, the saccharine sweet romantic comedy ‘Yesterday’ posits an alternate reality where the protagonist wakes in a world in which the Beatles did not exist and takes advantage of the public’s ignorance to pretend he wrote the tunes, propelling himself to success.
Open Letter: Expand and Strengthen Freedom of Information Legislation
The following open letter, submitted by Severin Carrell, Rob Edwards, James McEnaney, Ally Tibbitt and 36 others to the Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee in its call for evidence for its review of the 2002 Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, is being published jointly by CommonSpace and The Ferret. The deadline for submissions to the Committee has been extended to 21 June.
Analysis: Sky News landlord rant highlights Establishment's vested interest in housing inequality
When housing inequality has got progressively worse over the past 20 years, it may be time to start looking at the vested interests of media/political elites – including in Scotland
IF YOU have not yet seen the Sky News anchor Jayne Secker’s outrageous interview with a tenant, then here it is in all its breathtaking arrogance.
Michael McEwan: Global radio should have consulted Scottish listeners before announcing cuts
Michael McEwan, CommonSpace columnist and chair of his local disability group, says that the decision to cut local radio stations in Scotland does not seem to have taken listeners like him into account
THE recent disappointing news that the company who owns Capital, Heart and Smooth radio stations, Global Radio, are set to drop local breakfast and drivetime shows broadcast from Scotland.
Global will broadcast national breakfast shows centralised from London.