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A Bedfordshire on Sunday investigation has revealed that a subsidised bus service aimed at disadvantaged communities is being abused by local business people as a way of commuting to the railway station and getting a lift to the pub.
The paper also exposed chaos with the service’s booking system and unrealistic estimations of journey times.


Scunthorpe Telegraph deputy editor Jane Manning took part in a media training workshop organised by the Creative Collective organisation and the South Humber Racial Equality Council.
The workshop aimed to show delegates how to promote themselves via the media; what makes something newsworthy; and offered delegates an additional campaigning arm to challenge racism and discrimination.


Former BBC director general Greg Dyke, who began his career in the local press, has received an Honourary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Sunderland.
Mr Dyke’s career in the media began on the now-defunct Hillingdon Mirror.


Stan Walinets, whose four-line poems have appeared in the Northern Echo for the past seven years, has had a book published.
The World According to Walinets feature more than 300 examples of his work.


Hexham Courant features editor Myles Hodnett worked with a team of budding young journalists to put together a school newspaper which won one of the categories in The Journal 2004 School Newspaper Awards.
The editors of the paper from Hexham Middle School spent a day with Myles at the Courant’s offices laying out and designing the pages.


The Hounslow Guardian has presented 1,000 coupons of support for its Lavinia’s Law campaign to control dangerous fireworks to the Government.
The paper wants to have category three fireworks banned from being sold to the general public and for restrictions to be made as to where they can be set off and on the amount of debris allowed.


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