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Dartford and Swanley Times reporter Emma Durdle has appeared on a radio show with stand-up comedian Mark Steel.
The producers got in touch because he wanted to quiz someone about Swanley, in Kent, where he grew up, for the programme.


Members of the National Union of Journalists are being urged to remember their press card PINs, as police step up security in central London.
Under the press card scheme all cardholders are asked to choose a number, which can be checked against a central record, accessible via a 24-hour-a-day phone line that is advertised on the back of the card.


The Newspaper Society’s political, editorial and regulatory affairs committee, chaired by Tim Bowdler of Johnston Press, met to discuss issues including BBC Online and the Charter Review, newspaper ownership regulations, employment issues, environmental responsibilities, the British Library and newspaper archives, and editorial and commercial issues.


New business-to-business magazine Engaged Investor has been launched by Newsquest.
The bi-monthly – which looks at socially responsible investment – will have a circulation of 12,000 in the UK and Europe and be distributed free to selected trustees, pension fund managers, consultants, lawyers and company directors.


BBC political editor Andrew Marr is to visit Bath next month to talk about his work.
Andrew, who began his career at The Scotsman, before moving to the Independent, back to The Scotsman and onto the Economist, before becoming editor of the Independent, is touring to promote his new book, My Trade, a book of analysis, not anecdote.


Archant Norfolk advertising director Stephan Phillips was named as one of the 50 leading figures in the UK’s creative industries.
The former Aberdeen Journals assistant MD heads Archant Norfolk’s editorial projects unit, which produces daily history magazines and in-paper supplements.


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