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The National Union of Journalists says it is closer to gaining recognition at Northcliffe newspaper centres in Stoke and Leicester, where ballots are to be held among staff who would be represented. The newspapers covered would be The Sentinel and the Leicester Mercury.

Archant staff have raised an amazing £150,000 for a wide range of charities during the last five years, their efforts being doubled by the Archant Gold scheme.
Since the Archant Gold staff charitable matched funding scheme was launched back in 2001, some 300 different applications have been approved for a range of charitable enterprises.

The charity Bullying Online, run by Yorkshire Evening Post sub-editor Liz Carnell has been shortlisted for the Guardian Charity Awards for the third year running.
“We hope it might be third time lucky,” said Liz, “More than 600 charities entered so to get into the final again is pretty good.”

The News Letter is relocating to new offices in the heart of Belfast’s financial district next month.
The newspaper will move in mid-December from its present location at Boucher Crescent to the landmark Metro Building on Donegall Square South.
The building occupies a key position in Belfast city centre, behind the City Hall. The News Letter, owned by Johnston Press, will occupy the ground floor.

Artist David Hockney has revealed that the weekly Driffield Times is his “favourite read” when home in East Yorkshire.
He told fashion magazine Vogue that he loved the newspaper so much he has even given it a nickname – the News of the Wolds.
Driffield Times editor Dennis Sissons said: “All human life is here and this obviously appeals to David Hockney. We hope he continues to enjoy the Driffield Times each week.”