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Complaints Commission roadshow heads north

The Press Complaints Commission’s full board is meeting outside London for the first time next week. As part of its mission to be as “visible as possible throughout the entire country”, the PCC board is convening during a two-day event in Manchester on Monday and Tuesday.

Board members will meet with prominent people from the area who work in and deal with the media to give them an insight into the PCC’s work.

Representatives of local police forces, the city council, Manchester University and the coroner’s office will all be present to exchange views along with the Manchester Evening News, Granada Television and GMG Radio.

On the second day Helen Newlove, widow of Gary Newlove who was murdered in Warrington, will talk to commissioners about her experiences of dealing with the media and the PCC, having previously used the PCC to deal with media harassment.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner journalist Adrian Sudbury has been handed another posthumous award – the Unsung Hero prize at the Yorkshire Young Achievers awards. The award, collected at the Leeds ceremony by his parents, was for his campaigning work on awareness of bone marrow donation while he was dying of leukaemia.

At last week’s Yorkshire Press Awards he won Yorkshire Journalist of the Year and the Daily Feature Writer prize was renamed in his honour.

A sponsored walk is being held this Sunday in Huddersfield in Adrian’s memory and to mark the end of Anthony Nolan Awareness Week.

Participants will be walking three miles around Greenhead Park from 11am with money being split equally between the Anthony Nolan Trust and Leukaemia Research. Call Katie Campling at the Examiner on 01484 437764 for more information.

The Boston Standard led the way with it’s coverage of Lincolnshire’s first BNP councillor being elected. David Owens took a seat on Boston Borough Council at a by-election to become the first directly elected BNP councillor in the East Midlands county.

The Standard had the result on its website just minutes after it was announced late on Thursday night and within an hour, Standard news editor Stephen Stray had posted a full report of the proceedings including an interview with the winning candidate, and uploaded video coverage of the count.

“Traditionally, the BNP has not been strong in Boston or the county so we wanted to make sure we’d be the first with comprehensive coverage,” said editor Gary Scattergood. By the following morning the article and video was the most popular news story on the Standard’s website.

Simon Bain from Glasgow daily The Herald has been crowed Regional Journalist of the Year at the Personal Finance Media Awards. He received a winner’s cheque for £1,500 at the ceremony in London last week.

Other shortlisted candidates for this award were Adam Aiken of the Eastern Daily Press, Adrienne McGill of the News Letter, Belfast, and Alex Morgan of the Daily Record.

Carlisle daily the News and Star has been voted Regional Newspaper of the Year by the National Federation of Retail Newsagents. The daily was praised for its ‘Go Green Giveaway’ campaign and Bygone Calendar initiative as well as its close relationship with the NFRN – a trade body which represents independent retailers.

The Go Green campaign was run over a number of weeks and encouraged readers to reduce power use by using energy efficient light bulbs and computer power down plugs given away free with the newspaper.

Bygone Carlisle Calendars and Bygone West Cumbria Calendars were produced and sold in trade body members’ outlets and other retailers, supported by in-paper promotions highlighting the retailer’s stores.