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Publisher Nick Jaspan is launching a website for media and creative industries across the north west. It is his first move into publishing after the closure of the North West Enquirer, which went into administration in September.
“How-Do” will carry daily industry news, features, profiles of companies and major industry figures, think pieces and expert comment from a north west perspective and will be targeted at those working in public relations, press, marketing, broadcast, advertising, design and digital media.

Daily Mirror photographer Bradley Ormesher has been named the winner of the fifth round heat of an FA Cup competition run by Carlsberg.
His photograph, showing Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo mesmerising the Reading defence was chosen as the best taken during that section of the tournament.
Press photographers are being invited to submit their pictures from any FA Cup tie from the sixth round. For more details go to

Bradt Travel Guides is launching its 2007 Travel-Writing Competition with The Independent on Sunday, open to all writers, published or unpublished. Submissions, not exceeding 800 words, are invited on the theme of ‘A chance encounter’.
This year’s winner will see their entry published in The Independent on Sunday and receive a further 1,200 word travel commission. The inspiration for their new copy will be found in the third aspect of their prize, an exotic 7-night holiday for two in Sri Lanka, courtesy of Sri Lankan Airlines and Jetwing Hotels and Travel.
For further information see

Press and Journal agriculture editor Joe Watson has taken over as chairman of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists of Great Britain.
He will hold the post, which represents the interests of more than 500 journalists and PR people from agriculture, for two years.

Blackpool Gazette reporter Rob Stocks joined the Comic Relief fundraising effort, collecting £100 in sponsorship to get his flowing blond locks shorn.
He’d been growing his hair for about a year before getting his head shaved.

The Burton Mail published its biggest edition in 109 years on Saturday, printed with 104 pages to help accommodate 4,000 pictures of mums, drawn by children, to mark Mothering Sunday.