I can’t say specifically what the A&B press …

Comment posted Good appointment to council press office by Integrity? Not in theCondemall.

I can’t say specifically what the A&B press office do but more generally a council press office’s duties will include the likes of:

Dealing with media enquiries.
Producing internal and external communications including things like staff magazines, and also keeping people like MSPs, us punters, other partners etc informed about services and issues.
Maintaining the council website.
Managing the ‘brand’ of the council to ensure consistency.

It is actually an important part of a council and effective if managed well.

Recent comments by Integrity? Not in theCondemall

  • Managed protest at Pacific Quay shames pro-indy campaign
    If they have what a ridiculous waste of tax payers money that is (granted that wouldn’t be the first time the BBC have done that).

    The BBC news programs are supposed to report the news as and when it happens. It has nothing to do with allocating minutes to one argument or another.

    Lets say, for arguments sake, the three mainstream ‘NO’ parties are all involved in Scottish independence activities within the course of a weekend. In the same weekend the SNP are involved in one as well. As far as I am concerned the BBC should cover all four as all four are current and newsworthy. Following the ‘equal minutes’ approach only one of the three mainstream parties activities should be covered to counter balance the one SNP one.

    Covering all four is not showing a bias toward ‘NO’ – it is covering the news, what the BBC are paid to do.

  • Managed protest at Pacific Quay shames pro-indy campaign
    I am not saying a flat denial is good enough. If anything I am saying that even the denial wasn’t required.

    I don’t think the BBC should have to put forward any research to counter the paper. Predominantly because the paper was a flawed bit of research in the first place.

    It was covered in a thread on here before but my google searching has failed to find it. This piece of ‘research’ was ridiculously unscientific and as its credibility was so easily thrown into question it should have been binned as a piece of ‘evidence’

    A group of people watch news articles and determine whether, in their opinion, the articles clearly favoured argument 1, argument 2 or were neutral. That is it!! Human perception of message is wide open to preconceptions – that alone makes this sort of limited research somewhat redundant as a credible source of information to draw any conclusions from.

    I will wager if you took 50 different people and each of them watched all of the same articles the percentages would be notably different from person to person depending on their political opinion, view point, education, prior knowledge of the issues, any inherent bias they may have at the outset of the process etc etc.

    As a piece of research it fails far more than a lot of other papers that have been dismissed by both the YES and NO campaign depending on what the message in the paper was. Why should this one be given any more credibility than those ones?

    So no I don’t think the BBC should have bothered responding. I would defend their resource not being wasted on such an invalid piece of research just as I would defend the SG if, for example, a few ‘NO’ campaigners on here got their heads together and somehow collated flawed evidence from some other source that some area of SNP policy was detrimental to a minority group (I am making that up entirely – it isn’t a hidden accusation!)

  • Managed protest at Pacific Quay shames pro-indy campaign
    Apologies should say ‘both can ‘ rather than ‘but can’
  • Managed protest at Pacific Quay shames pro-indy campaign
    One of the embarrassing, but predictable, elements of the debate is the ability of both sides to reject all research which doesn’t support their argument whilst holding in high esteem research which sits comfortably with tgem.

    The media bias research is a prime example. A bunch of people sitting round watching tele and making a personal decision on whether a story leaned one way or another. Fails on just about every criteria for proper research yet is held up, even by.the SG, as hard evidence.

    I have sympathies with both sides of the debate. But can, and often do, make credible and rational arguments. The attitudes towards research and various papers are one of the failings in both camps.

  • No nationalist politicisation of the Games?
    In this time where the word ‘bitter’ is thrown around like confetti!, often without any basis, it occurs to me that the thumbs down for Karl’s post above demonstrates bitterness to surpass anything I have seen throughout the independence debate. A post simply expressing a concern about flying during a time when many people have died or are currently missing through plane related incidents.

    I would be willing to wager that at least two of them come from particular posters who toss round the bitter together accusation more than anyone else. Hard to imagine anyone being more pathetic. Luckily the vast majority of people on here, on both sides of the debate, are less odious.

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17 Responses to I can’t say specifically what the A&B press …

  1. Congratulations on your appointment Aileen.

    May I on behalf of the Museum thank you for your interest and assistance in our activities.

    A new opportunity for you with which I wish you every success.

    Kindest regards.

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  2. Newsie, is that the same Dunoon Observer that you exclusively revealed was due to close before Xmas last year??

    “bunker mentality and dubious practices”? Pffft.

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  3. Is this also the same Dunoon Observer that doesn’t report on fatal accidents and never seems to follow up on stories that do not involve ferries?

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    • Well said JimB. You’re not the only one who notices that the Observer never follows up on reported stories. Most frustrating. This weeks paper was all police reports and courts, golf and bowls ! Then again baybe nothing happened……….

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  4. Good appointment. Aileen is a well known and respected journalist in Argyll, big loss for the Dunoon Observer but ABC needs the quality in these positions. Don’t imagine this administration will give her the same amount of fire fighting the last lot created.

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  5. When the Jo Smith saga eventually comes to some conclusion does this mean everybody who was abused by the press office under the various councillors and officials orders will get their day in court.Anything else is a complete waste of time.
    As a interested bystander what exactly does A&B,s press office actually do.

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    • I can’t say specifically what the A&B press office do but more generally a council press office’s duties will include the likes of:

      Dealing with media enquiries.
      Producing internal and external communications including things like staff magazines, and also keeping people like MSPs, us punters, other partners etc informed about services and issues.
      Maintaining the council website.
      Managing the ‘brand’ of the council to ensure consistency.

      It is actually an important part of a council and effective if managed well.

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  6. Whilst I wish this lady success in her new appointment, I can’t help thinking that this indeed is a very safe appointment by the council. The Observer’s lack of criticism of A&B over the past few years has been obvious to all, no doubt guided by the fear that they may lose local government advertising (something that should have happened years ago!). Still, looking on the bright side, one less member of staff should help their dire finances.. and probably increase the coverage of golf and bowls!

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  7. Yes newsie, you are welcoming her now, but i wonder how long it will be before you turn on her when she doesn’t want to deal with you. Never mind, no doubt you can make up something and add a gate to the end of it. I wish the woman all the luck in the world, she will need it.

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  8. By the look of this site she’s got her work cut out. What few on here seem to have twigged is that Ms McNicol will be required to protect the council’s reputation, just the same as her predecessors will have tried to do. From what I’ve read of Argyll & Bute Council, it has been its own worst enemy, conducting some kind of witch hunt until it had nobody in place to prevent the complete car crash that was the Martha Payne/NeverSeconds fiasco. Ms McNicol is no longer a journalist, she has been employed to act as gamekeeper rather than poacher. No doubt, in due course, she will fall foul of the self-righteous vitriol all too apparent in this blog. Best of luck to her, I wouldn’t have touched the post with a barge pole.

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