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Media commentator Ray Snoddy will be the keynote speaker at the Newspaper Society’s Circulation, Editorial and Promotions Conference.
Taking place in Birmingham on Monday, April 4, the conference will be followed by a gala awards ceremony designed to recognise and reward the best circulation initiatives, editorial content and promotions ideas within the regional newspaper industry.

The Falmouth Packet has pumped £1,250 into a local activity centre for disadvantaged youngsters thanks to a scheme run by the newspaper’s parent company Gannett.
The grant will cover the cost for weekly subs, coaching sessions and child care for activities such as kick-boxing and self-defence in what is primarily a rurally isolated area for children.

The Daily Post has revealed how pop star Peter Andre demanded quality control over what the north Wales paper wrote about him. It published part of a contract the paper was asked to sign, which demanded the interview must be accompanied by: “positive text/caption/headings and the feature must remain predominantly a music piece to promote his tour, with no reference to Peter’s personal life”.
The Post turned down its chance of an interview.

Readership, demographics, lifestyle data and personal habits of people in the West Midlands are all being revealed in a fresh study by the Midland News Association.
The survey is commissioned every three years and shows that the company’s flagship titles – the Express & Star and the Shropshire Star, far outstrip competing media including national titles and radio stations in their area.

The Coventry Evening telegraph played host to a city councilor after he bid £300 at a charity auction to spend a day at his local newspaper.
Editor Alan Kirby said: “I was pleased to be able to discuss with him his work in Foleshill and to look at opportunities to extend the paper’s community activities and our reporting within that area.”