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Sixteen-year-old schoolgirl Liz Williams won a top prize in a national political journalism contest, after taking a few tips from Reading Evening Post editor Andy Murrill.
She submitted her item to the Citizenship Foundation in the form of an Evening Post news focus page, and Andy said: “Her work was first class.”

Two new sections have been added to the Derby Telegraph to give readers more ideas on ways to spend their leisure time.
Quality Time – QT – and Motoring are replacing existing supplements and are aimed at making the most of quality time people have to spend, with leisure items, reviews, food and give-aways. With the redesigned Motoring, readers have a 104-page paper to look forward to.

A campaign against anti-social behaviour, run by the Greenock Telegraph, has been praised by Scottish Executive minister Margaret Curran.
She said the paper ran “extremely effective campaigns”, after it acted as an intermediary for information about drug dealing and anti-social activity in Inverclyde.

Scunthorpe Telegraph reporter Lynne Milford ran in the sponsored Race for Life, in aid of Cancer Research UK.
She completed the 5km race in 39 minutes, and raised £139.50 for the cause.

A staff survey at the Essex Chronicle has resulted in a donation of £500 to the Chronicle’s charity of the year, the New Farleigh Hospice appeal.
The donation was triggered when the response rate on the survey reached a target set by the company.

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