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The Queen’s representative in Devon has asked the Western Morning News to run a competition to find a child to present a posy to her Majesty for her visit to Plymouth on July 23.
Children who want to enter are invited to submit a drawing or painting of The Queen on board HMS Ocean.


Author and Paisley Daily Express columnist Jim Neil has opened a new chapter for one of the town’s major charities.
He launched a new fundraising bookshop for Cancer Research UK to help boost its in-store library.


The News, in Portsmouth, has relaunched its successful One Summer’s Day photographic contest, where readers can send in their picture from Saturday July 19.
The aim is to sum up everyday life for the wide variety of people who live and work in the circulation area.


A University of Leicester communications student has won a top CNN journalism award in Johannesburg.
One of 13 finalists from nine South African countries, Ibiba Don Pedro scooped the African Journalist of the year award after writing for The Guardian in Nigeria.


The Coventry Evening Telegraph opened its doors for readers to take a tour around the offices and to meet the staff.
To their surprise when the readers worked it out, they had between them clocked up more than a 1,000 years of Telegraph reading.


Former editor-in-chief of ITN and editor of Channel Four News has joined Cardiff University as Professor of Journalism and Director of the Centre for Journalism Studies.
Dr Richard Tait, has won numerous awards in the broadcasting industry, is replacing Professor Ian Hargreaves who has been appointed Director of Corporate and Public Affairs at BAA.


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