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Press watchdog seeks new complaint-handling help

The Press Complaints Commission is looking for a new complaints officer – but journalists need not apply.

Sadly for hacks looking for a career change, the press watchdog says it doesn’t generally employ journalists, in order to maintain its independence.

The Commission is looking for an articulate individual who can write cogently and intelligently and is offering a £26-£27,000pa salary.

Check the PCC website for more information.

A planned new magazine course for student journalists has been shelved for a year.

Nottingham Trent University was hoping to start the MA/Post-graduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism in September but it has decided to put the start date back 12 months.

The Shropshire Star is merging two of its editions. The Bridgnorth and Ludlow offices will be pooling copy from this week to produce one ‘Bridgnorth & South’ edition.

No jobs will be lost in the merger and the Bridgnorth and Ludlow offices will remain open and keep the same editorial staff.

The Newspaper Society has begun to show off the results of its new Local Matters study in a UK-wide roadshow.

The survey investigates modern Britain’s attitudes towards community life and how a person’s opinion is shaped by their locality.

Respondents were asked about government, family life and money among others.

The roadshow is due to visit Newcastle, Edinburgh, Leeds and Glasgow in the coming weeks – more information is available at the Local Matters website.

The Press Association Group has decided to retain ownership of PA Sport.

In March, the company announced a strategic review of PA Sport which included the possibility of a sale or outside investment.

The company says that after considering various proposals its board has opted to retain ownership of the division.