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Union presses on with recognition bid at Wales titles

Journalists at Northcliffe’s South Wales titles are to take their bid for union recognition to arbitration after the company declined to recognise the “bargaining unit” of 47 members of the National Union of Journalists, which makes up around 60 per cent of editorial staff.
Newspapers involved include the South Wales Evening Post, Carmarthen Journal, Llanelli Star, Neath & Port Talbot Courier, Carmarthen Herald and the Swansea Herald.

A second front page splash for the Birmingham Post has been provided by the team of bloggers recruited to its revamped interactive website.
A business blog by academic David Bailey gave enough of a nudge to the newsdesk team for them to run with the story which finally ended up as the Saturday splash: Doubts over MG’s future as supplier quits deal. The original blog appeared on Thursday as Reassurances needed on Nanjing’s and Shanghai’s intentions at Longbridge.

HIV charity International HIV/AIDS Alliance is teaming up with The Guardian and a series of agencies to launch a journalism competition to raise awareness of development issues.
Project partners include: The Guardian, Department for International Development, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Marie Stopes International, Camfed International, HelpAge International, Malaria Consortium, Plan UK, Sightsavers International and WaterAid.

MEN Media’s Urban Life Magazine has been redesigned to provide more lifestyle and entertainment news. The new-look magazine will be available from 23 April.
Mark Burrow, editor of Urban Life, says: “The new magazine looks great. We have run some dummy copies for our advertisers and it has been received really well. When a magazine is as popular as Urban Life it’s important to keep it refreshed and alive. We’re really pleased with the end result.”