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The Newspaper Society is backing moves to safeguard the economic interests of publishers that charge for access to content on the Internet.
The Legal Deposit Libraries Bill going through Parliament would make such content available for free at public libraries and the Society, through the Digital Content Forum IPR Industry Action Group, is calling for an advisory group to keep track of legislation and lobby to ensure it does not undermine commercial viability of websites.


The Norwich Evening News has won the right to name a 14-year-old boy who has been sentenced to 12-months detention for racially abusing and a neighbourhood warden and threatening him with a brick.
Norwich Youth Court agreed it was in the public interest to name the teenager because he had persistently breached his Anti-Social Behaviour Order.


A team of would-be racers from the Bristol Evening Post enjoyed a grand prix experience at The Raceway at Avonmouth.
Rubber was flying as staff raced around the track, but it was sub-editor Simon Haigh who drove a smooth race all the way to win through.


Three-year-old Maddy Shaw, who suffers from the rare, life-threatening condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy, is to get a pink wheelchair thanks to readers of the Bolton Evening News.
Donations have poured into the paper’s offices since it launched its Money For Maddy appeal.


Nione Meakin has joined the Malvern Gazette and Ledbury Reporter as a junior reporter.
Twenty-year-old Nione, pronounced Neon, joins the paper direct from journalism training in Portsmouth.


The Evening Times in Glasgow has been given top marks by the Scottish Qualification Authority – with plans to feature it in a new exam.
The front page of the Weekend Times, from December 7 last year, will feature in a Media Studies Intermediate 1 paper next term.


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