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Paper celebrates top award for business guide

The Eastern Daily Press has been celebrating top honours for its annual Business Guide in last week’s Newspaper Society advertising and digital publishing awards.

The guide, a snapshot of the East Anglian regional economy that lists the regions top 75 businesses, won gold award in the best business supplement category – one of five trophies won by the Archant Norfolk team.

The EDP also won two silver awards, one for best public-sector advertising initiative for its Your Rubbish, Your Choice supplemet, another for alternative advertisement revenue stream for its local online business directory.

Manchester Evening News proprietor Guardian Regional Media has signed up to the new biannual ABCe certificate.

The monitoring scheme, run by the Audit Bureau of Circulations, details monthly, weekly and daily unique users across a publisher’s websites.

Initially, Guardian Regional Medias ten websites with the highest traffic will be audited but that it expected to be added to in due course.

The Press Complaints Commission is holding another of its free open days next week in Ipswich.

It begins with a surgery at 1pm for members of the public to raise questions and learn more about the work of the Commission.

This will be followed by a Q&A session from 2pm with a panel including PCC director Tim Toulin.

The event is on October 14 at the St Nicholas Centre, in Cutler Street. For more information and to reserve a place call Tonia Milton on 0207 831 0022.

MEN Media, publishers of the Manchester Evening News, has launched a new entertainment website for the north-west city. features news and listings including a guide to pubs and theatres alongside competitions and money off vouchers.

Home Office minister Tony McNulty met with media organisations including the Newspaper Society to discuss problems posed by the Counter Terrorism bill.

These include scope for secrecy at inquests, removal of journalistic material by police and the new offences of eliciting, communicating and publishing information about police and members of armed forces and intelligence services.

The bill begins its committee phase in the Lords this week.

The NCTJ is running a journalism training conference in Manchester on December 4 and 5.

It will address a number of issues facing the industry today including education and training. Anyone wishing to register an interest in the conference can e-mail

In other NCTJ news, head of accreditation Stephen Chambers is stepping down from the role after two years.

However, he will remain with the training body as editorial consultant – the role originally taken by Murray Morse before he became editor-in-chief of the Daily and Sunday Sport.