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Birmingham Evening Mail editor Roger Borrell is taking on additional responsibilities, as editor-in-chief of Trinity Mirror Midlands.
He will take on a strategic role, to develop both the products and the people who produce them.

Production editor Geoff Perfitt at the Bucks Free Press has shaved off his beard and raised more than £700 for the cancer unit at Wycombe Hospital.
Geoff, (58), has sported his beard for more than 30 years, but he let barber Filippo Festa take his scissors to it. Geoff said: “It took me 30 years to grow it, but it only took Filippo minutes to shave it off.”

A new editorial member has joined the Press Complaints Commission.
Jane Ennis, editor of NOW magazine, takes over from Phil Hall, formerly of Hello magazine.

The first online auction run by the Eastern Daily Press website has proved a hit with bargain hunters.
The innovation went online after the newspaper teamed up with Aylsham auction house Keys.

Evening Press staff past and present paid tribute to York’s longest-serving paper seller, Les Richardson, who has died aged 84.
Now the paper plans to ensure Les’s name lives on, through a brass plaque on a wall in York’s St Helen’s Square, marking the spot where the newspaper seller had his pitch for almost 70 years.

A new charity appeal to help teenagers with cancer has been adopted by the Essex Chronicle.
And more than 100 pupils from Essex schools performed at a concert in Chelmsford to give the Thomas Clark Appeal, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, a successful start.

The chance to spend a day with the South London Guardian is on offer for budding reporters who believe they could be Young Reporter of the Year.
A monthly winner will be selected from votes cast online and each month their entry will be published in the South London Guardian series of newspapers. All entries will be published online.

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