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Journalist and mental health campaigner John Hooper has died after a battle with cancer. He was 72.
John was a correspondent for the Gloucester Citizen’s Grapevine column for more than 15 years and also worked as reporter in Canada.


The Sheffield Star’s campaign to honour Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper of England’s 1966 World Cup winning team, has been backed by two of the city’s most famous shot-stoppers.
Former Sheffield Wednesday men Chris Turner and Kevin Pressman have both given their support to the paper’s bid to create a tribute to Banks in the city.


A group which helps people who self-harm has praised the Evening Advertiser in Swindon after the announcement of a national inquiry into the condition.
The Self Preservation Encouraging Active Response group said the Evening Advertiser had helped raise a national interest in self-harming and change public opinion.


The Bishop of Gloucester was given a tour of The Citizen’s newsroom and print site by editor Ian Mean.
The Right Rev Michael Perham said: “The local newspaper and the local church both have a valuable role to play in the community. I was very lucky to be given an insider’s view.”


The Andover Advertiser has launched its Save Our Theatre campaign, calling for a cinema, theatre and concert hall at Cricklade Theatre.
The paper has set up a telephone poll for readers to call in with their preferences and has received more than 200 coupons supporting the campaign.


Photographer David Hogsholt from the Danish School of Journalism has been awarded the 2004 Ian Parry Scholarship.
The scholarship was set up in the memory of former Rhyl Journal and Evening Leader photojournalist Ian Parry who was killed in a plane crash in 1989 after covering the revolution in Romania for the Sunday Times.


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