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Four care home workers lost their jobs after an investigation into the industry was published in the Daily Record.
An undercover reporter, posing as a care assistant, secretly filmed the workers subjecting helpless elderly residents to psychological and verbal abuse.


The South London Press has launched a campaign to raise £30,000 to help equip a new children’s hospital at Guy’s and St Thomas’s, which is due to open in January.
Readers are being asked to fund an intensive care monitor in its Quids for Kids appeal.


A “peace journalism” school could be set up in Londonderry by September to provide workshops for journalists from across the world working with local groups on peace projects.
The Centre for Conflict Resolution Journalism, the brainchild of London College of Music and Media lecturer Barry Lowe, would cost £300,000 to set up and already has the backing of local politicians.


The British Library has commissioned a strategic marketing consultant to investigate the preservation and accessibility of its newspaper collections.
But the Newspaper Society fears it may have plans to “commercially exploit” the archive, which it says would be contrary to an agreement which would protect publishers’ economic interests under the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003.


A new report, which examines the role of embedded reporting during the 2003 Iraq war, has been published by Cardiff University’s School of Journalism.
Too Close For Comfort? looks at how the live and near-live TV war reporting was made possible by the scale of the exercise and changes in technology.


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