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The last tickets are on sale for the West Midlands Media Awards on Thursday at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.
All the great and good of the West Midlands media will be present to find out who has won each of this year’s 13 categories, including ‘Irritant of the Year’. Tickets are available from Kay Cadman at Big Box Events: 0121 632 5005.

Guest speakers at the Newspaper Society’s AGM business session on May 4 will include Tim Toulmin, director of the Press Complaints Commission, and Graham Smith from the Information Commission. The guest speaker at the Newspaper Society Annual Lunch, following the AGM, is Mark Byford, acting director-general of the BBC.

Carlisle United’s most loyal fans will be rewarded with a free coach trip to see the team’s crunch game at Mansfield Town on April 24 – thanks to the News & Star.
The paper is supporting the club – which seemed doomed but is now having a resurgence – by offering its “most loyal fans” a free trip. It has launched a feature to ask the fans to write in and tell readers why they deserve a seat on the free coach.

The University of Warwick is to host an international debate to explore the role of translation in the production of global news, and the practices of news agencies, television and newspapers.
High profile journalists, including Eric Wishart, editor-in-chief at Agence France Presse and Mario Lubetkin, director general of Inter Press Service, will be brought together with editors and professional translators for the event on April 23.

Newcastle’s Sunday Sun is launching Club Star – the search to find the very best of the region’s club entertainers.
The Sunday Sun has teamed up with Danish cruise ferry operator DFDS Seaways to find clubland’s best-loved acts – and the winning acts will swap clubland for the high seas by securing a prestigious contract to perform on board DFDS’s Queen of Scandinavia.

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