JOURNALISM: New, justice and social affairs magazine, 1919, launches today

By Lucy Ashton

NEW, justice and social affairs magazine, 1919, edited by Gemma Fraser, right, has published its first edition today.

1919 is a free monthly digital-only magazine, focusing on topics such as policing, crime, politics, public policy and current affairs.

Its first edition includes an exclusive report on a major new study which reveals the mental health of Police Scotland officers is at risk.

The publication also includes an interview with Karyn McCluskey, chief executive of Community Justice Scotland, on her crime prevention quest; a spotlight on the challenges of policing Euro 2020 during a pandemic; and a behind-the-scenes look at wildlife crime in Scotland.

Regular features include ‘On the beat/In the dock/In the corridors’, which this month has exclusive details on the horrific injuries suffered by a PC who was attacked while responding to an incident last year.

The first edition also probes how the discovery of dismembered body parts in rural Dumfries and Galloway led to the development of forensic science in policing.

And it features opinion pieces from Paul Hutcheon, political editor of the Daily Record, Mark Atkinson, football editor for Scotsman Publications, and Russell Gunson from IPPR Scotland.

The magazine can be read at 1919magazine.co.uk.

1919 Magazine is editorially independent and the publication is led by Scottish Writer of the Year, Gemma Fraser.

The magazine also provides opportunities for freelance journalists and photographers, 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 is chaired by David Hamilton, chair of the Scottish Police Federation.

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

Writing in the introduction to 1919, Gemma Fraser, head of content, pictured above, said: “After the past 14 months, which has seen the global pandemic hit almost every industry to varying degrees, it is with an element of disbelief that I am writing this introduction to a brand new magazine.

“The media industry, of course, has not escaped the impact of the virus, but its relevance in society has never been so important.

“Scotland already has a strong and successful media, with an abundance of award-winning journalists, newspapers dating back more than two centuries, a wide array of consumer and specialist magazines as well as an ever-increasing pool of news websites.

“The team behind 1919 is delighted to be able to add to this incredible media landscape and proud to be able to offer freelance opportunities to Scotland’s talented journalists, commentators and photographers.”

Meanwhile, responding to new research showing 29 per cent of police officers experiencing moderate burnout, and a further 16 per cent enduring high levels, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:  “We can’t thank key workers enough for doing shift after shift in the face of the virus because it adds an extra layer of threat to already dangerous situations.

“These figures show the brutal toll that mental ill health is taking on the national force. However, the gaps in support were there before the virus struck. Research was already showing officers exhausted, going into work unwell and reporting relying on alcohol and prescription drugs to cope.

“Scottish Liberal Democrats want to see many more mental health staff working alongside the police, mental health first aiders supporting colleagues and annual staff surveys to identify issues quickly.”

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