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The Skye-based West Highland Free Press has launched a regular podcast on its website www.whfp.com.
The first features an interview with Arran-based businessman Alastair Dobson, the driving force behind Arran dairies and a key player in the Taste of Arran marketing push. It is presented by former BBC correspondent John Morrison.


News Shopper reporter Corinne McPartland had the ride of a lifetime when she volunteered to take a bird’s eye view of Biggin Hill Airport in a two-seater plane.
The stunt was part of the launch of the Biggin Hill International Air Show.
The event is sponsored by the series of London newspapers, a partnership which allowed Corinne to join the Ultimate High aerobatics team for a programme of daredevil aerobatics.


A free ten-week journalism course is on offer to would-be reporters as part of the Every Voice project, and hosted at the Grimsby Institute.
There will be sessions in news writing, editing pictures and designing news pages on the course, run with backing from the European Social Fund.


Tributes have been paid to a former editor of the Goole Times, who died last month after a short illness, aged 94.
Ernest Butler’s son Peter, who is now editor there, said: “My father loved the newspaper industry and was a newspaper man through and through.”
Ernest started at the Goole Times as a reporter in 1928 and retired as managing editor in 1977.


Evening Gazette reporter Will Sutton has volunteered to run the Middlesbrough 10k race in September, the latest member of staff to tackle the event.
The race is in its third year and each time, someone from the Gazette takes part – Gareth Lightfoot and Joanne Emmerson the previous “volunteers”. Do you have a story about the regional press?
Ring 0116 227 3122/3121, or e-mail:
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