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The World Digital Publishing Conference next month will focus on building and implementing successful digital strategies. The conference, to be held in Madrid, is organised by three of the world’s leading publishing associations – Ifra, the World Association of Newspapers and the magazine publishing association FIPP.
A second conference, The World Editor & Marketeer Conference & Expo, which annually brings 500 publishers, senior marketing executives and editors together to discuss strategies for circulation success, will also be held in November, in Athens. The event is organized by WAN.

Frances Burrows has retired from Archant Norfolk after 24 years of helping East Anglia’s trainee journalists achieve shorthand at 100 words a minute.
Frances was there at the beginning of what was then ECN’s journalism training school in 1981 and was responsible for tutoring dozens of trainee reporters in the dreaded art until the school folded in the mid-90s.

Iconic images of Tyneside form the backbone of a new promotional campaign for the Evening Chronicle.
Shot from a helicopter, the TV ad features sweeping views of the region, taking in the Tyne Bridge, St James’s Park, the shipyards on the Tyne and Grey’s Monument.

Weston & Somerset Mercury journalists swapped writing and subbing for passing and shooting as they joined a team from their newspaper in a charity football tournament.
The team – Mercury Hacks – failed to make it past the group stages but helped raise cash towards a total of £10,000 for the local hospice, Weston Hospicecare.

The Norwich Evening News has launched its School Newspaper of the Year competition, which gives schools eight weeks to produce a newspaper in an attempt to win £3,000 of high-tech kit.
Editor David Bourn said: “As the local newspaper it is in our own interests to help nurture young talent and make sure there are journalists who will write for the Evening News in the future.”