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The journalist that broke the story of former a Miss World being an unmarried mother – a revelation that led to her losing her crown – has confessed to feeling guilt over the story’s repercussions.
Broadcaster Tim Richards, who was at The Western Mail when he interviewed her, told his old newspaper: “I later felt bad about writing the story. It was a good story and as a journalist you have to write it.”

The Royal Mail has been delivering letters for the Sunday Mercury – for free.
One simple scam exposed by the paper is to write “Freepost” below the address. Another method involved simply sticking two 1p stamps on instead of the usual 28p cost. Of 20 letters sent using both methods, 18 arrived the next day and the other two a day later.

The World Association of Newspapers has been searching the globe for the best ideas, strategies and tactics for increasing newspaper circulation and retaining readers, and will present the results at the World Editor & Marketeer Conference & Expo in Lisbon, Portugal, in November.

More than 100 staff at the Press Association’s Howden centre have signed a petition calling for proper staff rest rooms.
The NUJ and general union GMB, which both have members on the site, say the new building in Yorkshire breaches health and safety regulations because there are not sufficient rest facilities.

Steve Johnson, currently direct marketing manager at the Derby Telegraph, has been appointed to the role of Group Circulation Director for Central Independent Newspapers, based in Tamworth.

The websites for the Warrington Guardian and Newton Guardian have undergone a makeover. They include national headlines as well as local news and sport. Features from the newspapers, including Papercuts, Community Life and 999, are also included for the first time.

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