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Gareth Dunning is the new news editor at the Warrington Guardian.
He has replaced Peter Magill, who is now deputy editor of its sister paper, the Crewe Guardian.

The National Union of Journalists is running a course on Getting Started as a Freelance, offering useful advice whether you are a freelance already or not.
It will be at the Manchester office on Saturday March 6 from 9.30am to 4pm. The cost is £35 for members and £45 for non-members. For more details, or to book, ring 020 7843 3717.

Two innovative members of staff at Archant Anglia have been rewarded for their good ideas under the company’s Bright Sparks scheme.
Mark Keable developed a new lineage system for front counter staff, while Steven Hicks has developed software to cut down processing time during production. Both have received £250 for their efforts.

A new Caller Alert campaign in the Hertfordshire Comet to tackle distraction burglary and other doorstep crime has received plaudits from the police and local crime prevention bodies.

Reading Borough Council has teamed up with the Evening Post to give budding young authors a chance to see their work in print.
The Young Reviewers’ Project aims to pull together a group of about 15 teenagers to provide reviews for the Post’s Reading Alive arts and entertainment section.

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