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The British Horseracing Board has agreed to switch to a system of 48-hour declarations for Flat racing from July 1.
The move means that final racecards for the following day’s meetings, which have been dropped or cut back as the regional press introduces earlier and fewer editions, will be available two days in advance and can be included without the traditional mid-morning struggle to beat deadlines. The earlier racecards will, as usual, be supplied by The Press Association.

The Leader of the Opposition, David Cameron, has written a syndicated article for use by regional newspapers during this year’s Local Newspaper Week.
He is also the guest speaker at the Newspaper Society Annual Lunch in the same week. This year’s Local Newspaper Week is running with a sporting theme, and newspapers have been provided with a wealth of information on how they can get involved, as well as facts and figures on the regional press industry.

MediaWise Director Mike Jempson, a member of the NUJ Ethics Council, has been awarded a Gold Badge by the NUJ for his work on journalism issues over the last 35 years.

Tony Blair has hailed the Sunderland Echo’s campaign to boost The number of people heading for university as an “exciting initiative”.
The Echo launched its Moving on Up campaign to lift perception of continuing education in a city with some of the worst take-up rates in the country.

University College Falmouth is to team up with leading London agency, The Writer, and some of the world’s leading experts, to explain to businesses how harnessing the power of words can boost profits. The Business Writing Seminar will be held at the College’s Woodlane Campus on Saturday May 20.