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Daily podcasts and SMS messaging will supplement the traditional media offering from PA Sport in its editorial, data and results services for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
Live ball-by-ball coverage of the matches will be delivered and editorial teams in the Caribbean and England will provide daily news headlines, match previews and reports with statistics and feature content available prior to the competition starting and as the action unfolds.

A group of students from The City University’s MA programmes in broadcast journalism and current affairs journalism were on hand at the recent Community Media Association Annual Conference to film proceedings.
The students from the London university filmed the keynote speech, which was given by Shaun Woodward MP, as well as interviews with Mike Shaft, assistant editor of BBC Radio Manchester. The footage will be used on the CMA website as well as for students’ showreels – tapes which they can send to prospective employers as a demonstration of their ability.

The first British patient with a remote-control stomach band to limit what she eats is keeping an online diary of her weight loss for the Manchester Evening News.
Maria Lodovia Corvi had the gastric band fitted at Alexandra Hospital in Stockport to help her slim down from a 19-and-a-half stone size 20 to 12 stones. In her first entry she reveals she has already lost a stone in the month since her operation.

The Dorset Echo has donated money to charity instead of sending Christmas cards to businesses.
Cash normally spent on sending cards from the Echo and sister titles The Advertiser and the Bridport News has instead been given to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. The service was presented a total of £649.07.

Archant magazine Norfolk Afloat will officially rebrand as Anglia Afloat at the London Boat Show.
Bosses at the bi-monthly magazine, a sister publication to the EDP and part of the Archant Norfolk stable, hope to up their circulation from 4,000 to 6,000 thanks to the rebranding exercise.