JOURNALISM: New, justice and social affairs magazine to be launched

The Court of Session in Edinburgh’s Parliament Square and (below at foot of page) the High Court in Glasgow’s Saltmarket.

By Lucy Ashton

AN innovative new magazine covering justice and social affairs in Scotland is to be launched in June.

1919 Magazine will be published monthly for free on a digital-only platform, focusing on topics such as policing, crime, politics, public policy and current affairs.

Containing in-depth interviews with high-profile Scottish figures, features and exclusive news stories, it will be aimed directly at a mass audience in Scotland. 1919 Magazine will be editorially independent and has hired Scottish Writer of the Year and experienced journalist, Gemma Fraser, as head of content.

Ms Fraser most recently wrote for Holyrood Magazine and has a highly successful 17-year career in journalism which has seen her published in The Mail on Sunday, The Times, The Sun and The Sunday Post as well as working for nine years in senior roles at the Edinburgh Evening News.

In the 2020 PPA Awards, she was named Scottish Writer of the Year, with the judges commenting they were “impressed by Gemma’s compelling writing when addressing very difficult but vital political and social issues”.

The magazine will also provide opportunities for freelance reporters and commentators, helping to boost Scotland’s successful media industry.

The project is being funded by the Scottish Police Federation and its inception and ongoing operation is led by experienced former journalists, Alan Roden and Adam Morris, from Quantum Communications and Shorthand PR, who are also part of the editorial team.

An editorial board will be chaired by David Hamilton, chair of the Scottish Police Federation, while the magazine will be published by a new company, 1919 Publishing, and its design will be overseen by SevenThree Creative.

The magazine’s name is a reference to the year the Scottish Police Federation was founded.

Gemma Fraser, head of content with 1919 Magazine, said: “This is one of the most exciting projects I have worked on in my 17 years as a journalist and I’m delighted to be part of the magazine’s inception.

“From its in-depth exploration of key issues and hard-hitting interviews through to re-examining old Scottish cases and looking back at bygone policing, 1919 Magazine promises to appeal to a wide audience.

“I’m particularly pleased we are able to provide freelance opportunities and am confident 1919 will very quickly become a firm fixture in the Scottish media landscape.”

David Hamilton, chair of the Scottish Police Federation, said: “There is no job anywhere in the world that has such a fascination with the public as that of the police officer.

“This new magazine aims to satisfy that demand and much more, with an in-depth focus on justice and social affairs.

“We are confident it will be a popular new addition to the Scottish media landscape, providing insight, analysis and expert commentary.

“A lot of hard work has taken place in recent months to reach this stage and we’re now looking forward to publishing the first edition in June.”

Gemma Fraser, the editor of 1919 – “This is one of the most exciting projects I have worked on in my 17 years as a journalist.”

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