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The National Union of Journalists is calling on Newsquest editors to “stand up and be counted” in a campaign for improved pay for journalists at company.
The action – yesterday and today – coincides with the company’s annual editor’s conference at Weybridge, Surrey.
Union general secretary Jeremy Dear said: “We will be leafleting throughout Newsquest’s circulation areas… and are calling on the editors to stand up and be counted in Weybridge by telling Newsquest’s senior management their real views about low pay.”
He said that editors knew the company was exploiting people and making them work long hours, and claimed they were unable to retain staff or recruit people of the standard they really wanted.

The Shields Gazette has been banned from naming a teenage thug who terrorised a woman in her own home – even though the paper has named the 17-year-old before.
The Gazette was allowed to name him when he was handed an anti-social behaviour order last summer, but when he came up in court for breaching it, magistrates refused an application to lift reporting restrictions.

An independently appointed ombudsman is being given free rein to criticise the Ipswich Evening Star’s content as he sees fit.
The post-holder is former fire chief officer Malcolm Alcock, who has been given a monthly column and will have an independent voice to answer any complaints and point out how matters could have been better handled by the paper, where appropriate.

Monday is the deadline for postgraduate students to apply for two £10,000 bursaries to study journalism at City University, London.
Four graduate traineeships at CMP Information, for people who already have a postgraduate qualification and some work experience, are also up for grabs.

Campaigners are getting behind the Evening Leader’s push to save the name of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, under threat from Government plans to amalgamate regiments.
Three regiments would be put together to create the Royal Welsh, losing the “historically important and morale-boosting” name.