Interesting changes at Deadline Press and Picture Agency – probably best summed up in the beautifully written press release, below (aye, I know my talents are wasted):
A LEADING Scottish news agency has made a number of key editorial changes to strengthen its multi-media services.
Deadline Press & Picture Agency has appointed former newspaper executive and respected industry commentator Shaun Milne as Consultant Managing Editor.
Milne, a former Associate News Editor at the Daily Record and Assistant Editor at the Scottish Daily Mirror, brings more than 15-years top flight industry experience to the role.
Based full-time in Edinburgh, he will oversee the day-to-day editorial operation and strategic development of the news division for an initial three month period.
Meanwhile his appointment will free up news editor Lauren Crooks to set up and develop a dedicated features service, to further enhance Deadline’s editorial reach.
Both will work closely with Deadline’s video and photographic departments to drive further content for publishers looking to exploit their web presence to the full.
Scott Douglas, co-director of Deadline, said: “We were missing a features department and after scouring the market for somebody to take on the role it was clear the ideal candidate was already in our office.
“However, it was also clear Lauren would need a clear run at setting up the service - yet robbing Deadline of an excellent news editor to achieve this would have been short-sighted.
“Instead we’ve come up with an innovative and exciting solution to support Laruen while giving every single member of our team working with a media expert of the highest calibre.
“Landing someone with Shaun’s credentials is a real coup. There might be a lot of gloom in the media sector at the moment, but this proves categorically we are refusing to let our heads drop.”
Milne is not only a highly-respected journalist, but is also an influential media observer and commentator and a leading Web 2.0 pioneer. He will oversee development of Deadline’s traditional news and picture offering as well as its online and video services.
He added: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with one of the most forward thinking agencies of its kind in the UK.
“There is already an excellent young team in place which punches above its weigh, as they showed from a splash-filled weekend. I’ve already been impressed by their work ethic.
“My role will be very clearly to further strengthen our news coverage, push our video content, help break fresh ground with a new features department and, of course, generate great exclusives.
“I’m also looking forward to working with colleagues across the industry again, some of them old friends and some of them new, and hope they will increasingly make Deadline a first port of call.”
Deadline Press & Picture Agency covers a patch which takes in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and Scottish Borders, including courts, tribunals, the Scottish Parliament as well as breaking news stories.
The agency’s constantly updating news site www.deadlinescotland.co.uk is on course to attract more than 350,000 visits per year, while its dedicated DeadlineNewsTV channel on YouTube has generated more than 250,000 views since May.
The multi-media team – the only dedicated operation of its type in East-Central Scotland – is also available for special commissions.