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Inquest opened into death of newspaper executive

An inquest has been opened into the death of Archant executive Ian Davies.

Mr Davies, 49, died last week after the light aircraft he was in collided with a tractor on a Norfolk airfield. The coroner said post-mortem tests showed he died from head trauma.

It’s not yet clear whether Mr Davies, Archant’s group business development director, was flying the plane as it had dual controls.

His co-passenger remains in a Cambridge hospital in a critical condition. The inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

The National Council for the Training of Journalists is looking for a new accreditation chief. Duties for the post, first established in July 2006, include developing converged training content and exploring new relationships in a multi-platform industry.

Former head of accreditation Stephen Chambers stepped down from the role in the summer but is still involved with the NCTJ as its editorial consultant. Read the job ad here.

Hawick News sports journalist John Slorance is to be honoured next weekend for his services to journalism.

John, who has covered local football and athletics for nearly four decades, will receive the award at the prestigious James McLean Trust Celebration of Sport event.

John, who also writes for sister title the Southern Reporter, began working the Hawick News in the 1960s when he was asked to a football match which kicked off at the same time as a local rugby game.

The University of Kent has launched an online archive of political newspaper cartoons dating back to 1904.

It features work from a host of publications maintained by the British Cartoon Archive, house at the university’s Canterbury campus. The online project allows free access to over 120,000 images.

Trinity Mirror chief executive Sly Bailey will be the guest speaker at the North Wales Business Club next week. Trinity Mirror’s titles in the area include the North Wales Daily Post and weekly titles such as Caernarfon Herald and Rhyl Visitor. The dinner is being held in Llandudno on Thursday.