My Top 20 – Bob Cuddihy

Continuing an editorial strand started earlier this week, former Scottish TV reporter, Bob Cuddihy, shares his top 20 blogs, websites, iPhone Apps, software tools, etc.

Cuddihy was a reporter at Scottish Television during what many regard as a 'golden age' for the broadcaster, until 20 years ago. Since then, he has been involved in public relations, media consultancy and public affairs for a wide variety of public and private clients. In between, he has been awarded a NATO Fellowship and become a Research Associate in Defence Studies. Nicknamed the ‘Quiet American’ by former Scotsman diarist, Simon Pia, he says he is “still open for business”.

The first My Top 20 was from Edinburgh-based producer and director of advertising campaigns, Tim Maguire.

1. BBC News - broadcaster's website – “Gives me Scotland, the UK and beyond. Links to Scottish and UK newspapers as well as video reports. A must-have, particularly if you are out of Scotland or the UK.”

2. Drudge Report - website – “Carries mainly US story links but also some UK. Famously helped break the story of Monica Lewinsky’s 'little black dress'. So expect conservative, climate change sceptics, for example. Again very useful news links.”

3. Guido Fawkes – blog – “Wicked, scurrilous and libertarian political blog. Has had some good, breaking stories, particularly around MPs' expenses. Very useful links.”

4. Political Betting – blog – “As an antidote to Guido and the rantings of his sometimes carpet-biting contributors, you cannot beat Mike Smithson’s terrific political betting site. It is on top of the polls and also offers a look at elections outside the UK. An excellent site for political analysis.”

5. The Scottish Government – website – “It's a must-have tool for anyone involved in public affairs issues in Scotland. All the latest ministerial handouts, interviews, links to the latest publications and consultations. Useful links to other UK government websites.”

6. The Scottish Parliament – website – “The Scottish Parliament site is the essential link for parliamentary process and debates at Holyrood. This goes hand-in-hand with the Scottish Government site.”

7. Janes – among other things, a website – “If you are interested in such issues as defence and security worldwide, Janes is the site for you.”

8. Washington Post – newspaper website – “If you are interested in the latest news from the US, coupled with excellent political coverage, it has to be the Washington Post. You can tailor its content to suit you individually.”

9. Wonkette –  website – “You cannot have the Post without the wonderful in-your-face Wonkette. It is witty, downright smutty and sometimes in frankly poor taste. In other words, it can be a joy. Get to know about ‘wingnuts’ and ‘birthers’ and the latest Washington gossip.”

10. Huffington Post – website – “One of the sensations of the media and political chattering classes in the USA, is Arianna Huffington’s ambitious Huffington Post. Very much an American site, it is, though, cosmopolitan and well worth signing up to get this broad and intelligent sweep of modern America.”

11. The First Post – website – “Not as ambitious as The Huffington Post is the British The First Post. It’s a daily electronic newspaper covering a comprehensive range of subjects from the arts, through politics and sport. It produces some very striking photo features. The political diary, The Mole, is always a rewarding read.”

12. The Olive Press – newspaper website – “We stay a great deal in Andalusia, in the mountains just outside Ronda in the small pueblo of Benajoan. There is only one newspaper in Andalusia waving the banner for the environment and this is the English language fortnightly freesheet, The Olive Press. It is an excellent publication and has put developers’ noses out of joint regularly.”

13. Typically Spanish – website – “When I'm in Spain, I pretty much visit this every day, for a digest of news, features, sport and weather, as well as a round-up of the Spanish national press and business news.”

14. Ronda News – blog – “When I'm in Spain, I also visit this English language news site that is up-dated weekly on a Tuesday and carries news, features and a full list of local events and an all-important three-day weather forecast.”

15. Edinburgh Guide – website - ”It has been going for 11 years and offers comprehensive coverage of the Edinburgh Festival(s) and much more besides, year-round.”

16. Vanity Fair – magazine website – “I am lucky enough to have been given a subscription to Vanity Fair, as a present. If you don’t know it, believe me: it isn’t all gilts, 24 caret, beautiful people, fashion and celebrity chat; it is also a well-written, far-searching monthly for politics, finance and the media. Some terrific photo spreads as well.”

17. The Scotsman – newspaper website – “Every day.”

18. The Herald – newspaper websiter – “Also, every day.”

19. Times – newspaper website - “Yep, every day too.”

20. I don’t Twitter or do Facebook and I haven’t started a blog – yet.

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