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A postal ballot to elect a National Union of Journalists deputy general secretary begins on June 2.
Paid-up members are entitled to vote for one of four candidates who include Fraser Addecott, of the Brighton branch, John Fray, (Oxford), Greg Lloyd Smith (head office) and Chris Youett (Birmingham/Coventry).

Tim Williams has been appointed deputy editor of the Norwich Evening News, a promotion from assistant editor.
He has been at the paper two years and was a key player in its recent re-launch, having previously worked at the Leicester Mercury, Newcastle Journal, Newcastle Chronicle and Dorest Echo.
News editor Amanda Patterson takes on Tim’s former role, and Alasdair MGregor becomes news editor.

Chris Starkie has been appointed business editor of the Eastern Daily Press, succeeding Bill Woodcock, who has left the company to pursue his own business.
Chris joined the EDP from Anglia television, where he worked on the Anglia News East newsdesk., the website for the Northampton Chronicle & Echo and the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph, has re-launched with a new look.
Extended coverage of local news has taken off with a series of pages dedicated to individual towns.

Evening Mail readers have helped land a knockout blow against the robbery plague.
Police have arrested four people after CCTV images appeared in the Mail as part of its month-long Robber-A-Day campaign against those who blight Birmingham with indiscriminate attacks on the city’s honest majority.

Film and TV star Anthony Andrews has backed the Leicester Mercury’s Give Rainbows a Fair Deal campaign.The paper is calling on the Government to give more cash to the Loughborough children’s hospice.

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