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Changes to a European directive to protect and encourage legitimate financial journalism could be implemented next year after being ratified by the European Parliament.
The Market Abuse Directive, to eliminate insider dealing and market manipulation, means journalists may have to disclose their financial interests.


The National Union of Journalists says it is in “constructive” talks with Newsquest over plans to move the running of several magazine titles from Glasgow to London.
Some 16 jobs may be affected by the move, which involves titles including Scottish Farmer, Boxing News and International Piano.


The Scott Trust, which owns the Guardian media Group, has appointed writer and broadcaster Liz Forgan as its next chairman.
Liz is a former editor of the Guardian’s women’s pages and has been a non-executive member of the Guardian media Group plc since 1998. The chairman’s role has been vacant since the death of Hugo Young in September.


The Greenock Telegraph is behind a major snooker challenge, which will see giants of the game do battle in the town.
Top names will be at the springtime event, and there will be a chance to re-live the world championship match of 1984 between Steve Davis and Jimmy White.


Readers of the Paisley Daily Express have raised almost £4,000 for a cot death appeal in memory of twins Aiden and Ciaran McGeachy, who died suddenly in bed beside their mum.
The newspaper itself had contributed to the total, donating 5p for every copy sold on Saturday August 30.


The Sunday Sun in Newcastle is bringing its readers Bone Idol – a new five-week promotion aimed at finding the region’s most idle person.
After enjoying the TV fun offered by Pop Idol, readers will be asked to nominate the laziest person they know.


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