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The London Press Club’s midsummer ball planned for last night was postponed after the explosions which rocked the city.
The organisers said travel chaos – and the fact journalists would be working into the night – meant abandoning the event was the best option. The ball, at the Natural History Museum, was to have raised cash for NPF, The Journalists’ Charity. National and regional newspaper proprietors, television executives and journalists were set to gather.

The Evening Gazette has been honoured for its coverage at the first Cleveland Fire Brigade community awards.
As well as its daily reports of the brigade’s activities including regular interviews, features and pictures, the Gazette was praised for its focus on arson reduction and the smoke alarms initiative.

The Sunday Herald and Herald Magazine in Glasgow are in the running for awards from Amnesty International in its 2005 Media Awards in September.
Billy Briggs at The Herald Magazine is up for the Gaby Rado Memorial Award for a journalist at the start of their career, and his work on Fascism in Russia is also shortlisted in the Nations and Regions section. David Pratt of The Herald is shortlisted in the same category for Uganda’s Forgotten Children.

Dudley News editor Jeff Jephcott had the tables turned on him when as a prize-giver at a local carnival event, he received a surprise commendation for his services to the community.
He said: “It’s the first time I’ve ever received anything for the work the paper does in the community. We take a special pride in supporting and helping events throughout the town.”

Journalist, historian, critic and author Jack Haden has died, aged 88.
The Stourbridge man worked for the County Express as a reporter and later chief reporter.