Former Worksop Guardian deputy editor Stephen Booth was a runner-up in this year’s Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award.
His novel One Last Breath was one of six finalists.
The winner was The Torment of Others by Val McDermid.
Journalists from Newsquest papers in Bradford, York, Southampton, Darlington and Glasgow attended a special week-long video convergence course, run by Harvey Mars and Lane Michaelsen from Gannett Broadcasting, who had flown in from America.
Staff spent two days learning how to use the cameras, and shoot and edit films, before being sent out on assignments to practice their newly-acquired skills.
Last month the Telegraph & Argus in Bradford became the first Newsquest title to go live with a video bulletin service on its website.
Comic Micky Finn, who took over as editor of the Liverpool Echo for the day last week, has possibly won backing for his campaign to make Liverpool the capital of the UK.
Labour MP for Walton, Peter Kilfoyle, said he thought the idea made a lot of sense – and suggested it could even be the capital of Europe.
And a 10 Downing Street spokeswoman told the paper: “We will look out for details of any forthcoming campaign with interest.”
A lifelong reader of the Bucks Free Press has said the new compact version of the paper is a big improvement on its old broadsheet format.
Eve Luker, of Southfield Road, Downley, said: “I look at the old one and I think it’s better now than ever.”
She recently found an original copy of the BFP dated December 19, 1856, but said its front page – which was then filled with adverts – included nothing that would interest the ordinary person.
Yorkshire band Merla and Bolton singer Rob McCulloch have been crowned Local Heroes 2006 in the national Newsquest battle of the bands.
For the past four months hundreds of bands from all over the country have been uploading their music onto competition website www.lheroes.co.uk, where people could vote for their favourite.
The competition was promoted with editorial in Newsquest papers around the country, and News Shopper leisure editor Paul Revel was on the final judging panel.
Both winners will now tour the UK this summer, playing at six top festivals.