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Police-backed title launches with freelance opportunities vow

A new police-funded current affairs magazine has launched with a pledge to provide opportunities for freelance journalists and photographers.

HTFP reported last month on the planned launch of 1919 Magazine, which will cover issues such as policing, crime, politics, public policy and current affairs in Scotland.

The digital-only magazine is being run by Gemma Fraser, former assistant news editor at the Edinburgh Evening News.

The project is funded by the Scottish Police Federation but is “editorially independent” from the organisation.


In an introductory editorial, Gemma wrote: “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.”