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First Minister Jack McConnell is to be the guest speaker at the Scottish Newspaper Publishers Association SNPA Conference this weekend.
The SNPA is the trade association representing publishers of 100 weekly and bi-weekly newspapers and a further 30 free distribution newspapers. The 2002 conference will run from Friday to Sunday.


Bristol Evening Post news editor Kevan Blackadder has been recruited to the Save Carlisle United campaign being run by the News & Star.
The Carlisle paper said he was an ex-patriate living in Bristol who had persuaded 18 friends and colleagues to sign the protest petition too.


Posters printed to boost a Scottish prison’s battle to beat the axe are in great demand.
The Evening Express bills are so popular that a second run has been printed, and campaigners are flooding shops and offices in a bid to overturn a proposal to close Peterhead.


Aberdeen Journals librarian Bob Stewart has been rewarded for 30 years of loyal service with an award from the company.
Bob was presented with a commemorative clock for clocking up the years – a feat that becomes ever-rarer with faster staff turnover.


A newspaper office where staff have spats over whose turn it is to make the coffee have turned their nervous energy to good use by making endless cuppas to raise cash for charity.
The Ely Standard’s Market Street office has been holding regular coffee mornings for the Meningitis Trust and East Anglian Air Ambulance.


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