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Crime stories Journalist Norman Silvester says there is a market for real-life crime stories, including about historical figures and unsolved murders:


“Papers are looking for quality rather than quantity.”


Photography Photographer Elaine Livingstone has worked for


PR agencies and others wanting images to accompany press releases. “There’s a lot of opportunity for creativity and lots of stories to be told,” she says.


Independents Glasgow has a growing


in 2008 and says the main change has been the focus on multimedia skills, clicks and page view targets. “Driving traffic onto websites is a huge priority now,”


she says. “Understanding what works online is much more important.”


One of her biggest stories was the revelation that NHS


Tayside had transferred £2.7m of charity money into its general spending budget to fund a back-office computer system after running out of money. The chief executive and chairman resigned and McArdle won an award at the British Journalism Awards 2018. Glasgow is also home to the Peebles Media Group, which


produces B2B and consumer titles including the Scottish Grocer, Tie the Knot Scotland, Homes & Interiors Scotland and Project Plant, which covers demolition, cranes and site dumpers. There is also The List and golf magazine Bunkered. In terms of broadcasting, BBC Scotland and Scottish ITV


network STV are based at Pacific Quay, along with BBC Radio Scotland; The Hub at Pacific Quay attracts a creative community. Commercial radio stations include Clyde 1 and Clyde 2 (Bauer Media Group) and Real Radio Scotland. Marelle Wilson, assistant producer at STV News at Six, grew


up in Glasgow and says it is a great place to work. “It’s a very welcoming city and a real melting pot – people who live here have a very strong Glaswegian identity.” Wilson has covered stories including the 2014


Commonwealth Games, the fire at the Glasgow School of Art, the Clutha helicopter crash and the Queen Street bin lorry crash. “With the delayed COP26 climate conference coming to


Glasgow in 2021, the eyes of the world will be on the city, so there will be plenty to cover,” she says. “The 2020 Booker Prize winner Shuggie Bain, about life in 1980s Glasgow, written by Glasgow-born author Douglas Stuart, proves that


What they say:


Helen McArdle, health correspondent, The Herald “The cost of living is pretty good (property is a bit cheaper than in Edinburgh), so you can get more bang for your buck even on a journalist’s salary”


Elaine Livingstone, photographer “Glasgow has everything you need but is not overwhelming. It’s friendly, confident and deservedly proud, but down to earth and has a good sense of humour”


Rhiannon Davies, founder, Greater Govanhill “There are opportunities to try something different and for new models of journalism to flourish”


independent/hyperlocal media scene, which includes The Ferret, Source, Bella Caledonia, Glasgow West End Today and the Clydesider. Ian Marland, editor and publisher of Glasgow West End Today, says: “Opportunities still remain for journalists


who can multitask, are multiskilled and can think a little bit differently.”


Entry Level The Herald’s Helen McArdle says: “Opportunities at newspapers and broadcasters are there if you’re talented.”


writers from this city have fantastic stories to tell.” So what is Glasgow like as a place to live? As well as having an international airport and rail links to London, Edinburgh and the Highlands, the city is brimming with culture – arts, music, theatre, galleries, a vibrant restaurant scene and independent shops. “There’s an area of Glasgow to suit every taste,” says McArdle. Finnieston has undergone major transformation over the past 10 years and Dennistoun in the East End was ranked the eighth ‘coolest neighbourhood in the world’ in 2020 by Time Out. The community spirit inspired photographer Elaine


Livingstone to do the Glasgow Lives In Lockdown project for digital news site Glasgow Live. Livingstone, who grew up in the city’s East End, used a laser to measure a two-metre distance between herself and the sitters to highlight the impact restrictions have had on vulnerable people. Founder of hyperlocal Greater Govanhill Rhiannon Davies


grew up in Derbyshire and moved to the city in 2016 to do a master’s degree in media, communication and international journalism at the University of Glasgow. “I saw a gap between the way that Govanhill was often


covered in the media and the reality of living here,” she says. “Govanhill is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of Scotland, with at least 88 languages being spoken on these streets. The first issue has articles written by people from 12 different nationalities.” Despite the closures, cuts and redundancies, the feeling among Glasgow’s journalists is largely one of optimism. McArdle says that demand for news has never been greater and the prospect of indyref2 would be another huge driver. “I’d definitely recommend Glasgow,” she says. “The world of Scottish journalism is quite a small one but, in my opinion, a friendly one and one with a very good sense of humour.”


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