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Good news scheme asks people to think positive

A scheme which aims to give individuals the cash and advice they need to start up new projects to benefit themselves and their community has been launched at the offices of the Leicester Mercury. The Positive People Millennium Award Scheme

Football reporting could face major changes

There could be major changes in the way sports writers gain access to football ground press boxes next season – but sports departments seem to know little about it. The Premier and Nationwide leagues are having talks about a new

Rogues' gallery

Criminals in Leicestershire could find their faces in print as the Leicester Mercury runs a “rogues’ gallery”. The regular page will include CD-fit images drawn up by witnesses and crime victims as well as still pictures taken from CCTV cameras.

Mercury reporter sent to quake zone

Coverage of the devastating earthquake in the Indian state of Gujarat has dominated the news. One journalist who has experienced the devastation first-hand is Nic Ridley of the Leicester Mercury, who has been heading the paper’s coverage of the disaster.

Please give these brothersa home

George and Anthony need someone to give them a secure long-term future in a loving home. The boys, aged two and three, are being looked after by foster mum Jayne while the search goes on for someone to adopt them.

Jonathan makes the right move

Ex-Leicester Mercury staffman Jonathan Smith is finding life is a lot different in his current job with a research consultancy in Oxford. Jonathan works as a project manager/business analyst for Fast Track 100, which currently puts together two supplements for

New role shows Northcliffe's commitment to new media

Keith Perch, editor of the Derby Evening Telegraph, has been promoted to become the Regional New Media Director for the Midlands area for Northcliffe Electronic Publishing. In his new role, which he takes up at the start of October, he

Writers' websites take off a website launched by the Derby Evening Telegraph in January 2000 has announced the £1,000 winner of its first non-fiction writing competition. More than 1,000 entries were received from people all over the UK and abroad writing about their

Babyworld celebrates success

Former Leicester Mercury journalist Jennifer Burt was thrilled to be shortlisted in the first European Online Journalism Awards. Jennifer, who left her job as health correspondent to become editor of was delighted to discover that an online interview she

Busy with the Beehive

Busy with the Beehive by HoldTheFrontPage staff The Northcliffe Newspaper Group is helping clubs, schools, charities and voluntary organisations become part of a digital community through its innnovative Beehive project. The Beehive makes it possible for non-profit-making groups to build

Vroom, vroom – Leicester gears-up new motorsport site

Leicester goes live with Motorsport site The Leicester Mercury has extended its family of niche Internet sites with, which launched yesterday. Project-led by Internet sports editor Simon Orrell, the site is hoping to build on the concentration on motorsport

Mercury investigation into council house claims

The Leicester Mercury has prompted the Housing Minister to take action after allegations that some salesmen were scaring council house tenants into buying their homes. The Mercury special investigation claimed that three firms were canvassing tenants to tell them their

Christmas appeal round-up

As December 25 approaches, newspapers are getting into the traditional festive spirit with Christmas campaigns for the less fortunate. Up and down the country, papers are joining forces with local charities to do their bit. Pictures of smiling children, and

Mercury seeks justice for raped girl

The Leicester Mercury has joined forces with the police to hunt down a rapist who attacked on a 15-year-old schoolgirl. The girl was set upon as she made her way home from the city centre in the early evening. She

Photographer Jason is a Good Samaritan

Leicester Mercury photographer Jason Senior has received a Good Samaritan award from the East Midlands Ambulance Service. The award is for vital assistance to ambulance staff and was given to Jason after he stopped to help an elderly lady who

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