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'Death of journalism' debate at press freedom day

The question of whether new media is killing journalism will be debated to mark World Press Freedom Day. Speakers lined up include BBC Radio 4 presenter Robin Lustig and Kim Fletcher, former Independent on Sunday editor and now chairman of the NCTJ.
The event takes place on May 2 in London. Admission is free but registration is required here.

The Greenock Telegraph celebrated National Jelly Bean Day by handing out 450 bags of the colourful sweets to the people of Inverclyde. According to the Telegraph’s website, readers told the paper the giveaway was an act of ‘pure bean-ius’.

The Biggleswade Chronicle has helped to save a youth centre from closure after campaigning for £2,000 of council funding. The centre is expected to re-open within the next few weeks.
Local youth champion Ken Lynch told the paper: “It was an excellent campaign and without the Chronicle we could never have done it.”

Polly Rippon, reporter with The Star in Sheffield, completed the London Marathon in under four hours for a Warwick hospice and a local cancer appeal. She was joined on race day by Derbyshire Times ad sales manager Amy Stoddard.
The duo even managed to double their donation from one supporter by securing a photo with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey.

The Birmingham Press Club’s oldest member, Frank Leath, has died aged 87. Frank, who lived in Shrewsbury, was a community-minded man who was on the West Midlands Health Authority, the old Shropshire Health Authority and a long-serving magistrate. In 1991 he received an OBE for his services to the community.