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Assistant news editor steps up at Brighton daily

The Argus in Brighton has appointed a new news editor.

Lee Gibbs has stepped up to the role from assistant news editor after initially joining the paper as maternity cover two-and-a-half years ago.

Lee, 29, started his career at the Hastings Observer before moving to The News, Portsmouth, followed by Solent News Agency, in Southampton.

He takes over from Frankie Taggart who works for a news agency in Hong Kong.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is now open for journalists wishing to apply for grants to work on projects abroad.

It is open to all British citizens resident in the UK with a ‘Writers’ category one of ten awards up for grabs.

Applicants must show their project is feasible and worthwhile, and of benefit to their community and the UK when they return.

The closing date for applications is October 14 – for more information visit

The Belfast Telegraph has launched a new 64-page ‘Weekend’ magazine.

According to the paper, it will be packed with “revealing celebrity interviews, real life stories and fashion features”.

It will also have restaurant reviews, travel guides and health advice.

Novelist Carlo Gebler has been signed up as a columnist.

The Gazette in Blackpool has signed up William Watt as its new digital content producer.

William joins the Johnston Press daily from the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post where he was digital sports reporter.

He will be in charge of introducing podcasts, online news bulletins and more video and audio reports.

The tale of a 50-foot spider terrifying Liverpudlians has been told by the Daily Post in a eight-page graphic pull out.

La Princess – a 37-tonne mechanical spider – was roaming the city’s streets as part of the Capital of Culture celebrations, including hanging from the Concourse Tower and Echo Arena.

The Liverpool Daily Post produce the supplement as a novel, using photographs to create a comic book story.