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The East Anglian Daily Times has launched a campaign to secure the future of an under-threat maternity ward.
Health bosses sparked outrage when they moved midwives from Harwich Hospital’s maternity unit to cover for staff shortages at Colchester General Hospital – forcing some women to travel 20 miles to give birth.
The paper is publishing coupons for readers to sign as part of its Save Our Baby Unit campaign.


The Belfast Telegraph has launched a new online archive, allowing readers to access content from the paper from 1995 to present.
The archive service at www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk searches a database of 180,000 news, sport and feature articles.


The history of the pottery industry during the past 100 years is the subject of the latest book from Stoke Sentinel columnist and author John Abberley.
Salute to the Potters contains around 180 pictures of people and places associated with the industry around Staffordshire.


Following the parliamentary success in changing the National Lottery law, the Eastern Daily Press We Care appeal has launched its own website.
www.wecareappeal.co.uk will promote the aims of the Norfolk Millenium Trust for Carers, the long-term fund which is endowed with all the money raised through We Care, which currently stands at £750,000.


Teesside families turned ace reporters to create their own newspapers at the Evening Gazette’s Media Centre.
Families from each of the five Tees Valley education authorities produced newspapers about their own learning successes, and they will be distributed across the area to publicise Family Learning Weekend, which takes place in October.


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