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Two newsmen who have both been successful in their respective careers have met for the first time in almost 40 years.
Former Bromsgrove Messenger photographer John Webb got a surprise when he answered the door to find broadcaster and newsreader Michael Buerke standing there. Michael had travelled to Bromsgrove from his Surrey home to track down some of his former colleagues on the Messenger.

Regional newspaper trainees can have a better chance of passing their October NCE by joining a unique refresher course, led by trainer Cleland Thom.
The course is the only one of its kind that combines three days intensive preparation with online and telephone coaching, support and advice right up to the day of the exam.

The Sunderland Echo has launched a campaign to try and fill some of the 20+ unfilled crossing patrol places in Wearside.
The Echo is joining forces with Sunderland Council to fill the vacancies to make life for children safer.

The East Anglian Daily Times has published a big “thank you” to readers who helped it reach the halfway point of its CLIC Into Action appeal.
The appeal is focused on cancer and leukaemia in childhood, and helps East Anglian children suffering those illnesses.

An open day has been held for people who are out of work but interested in a career in the media.
The event in Plymouth was organised by CSV Media to highlight a range of courses in media from radio broadcasting and video, through to computer training and publishing.

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