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Bursary on offer to journalism students

The National Union of Journalists is accepting applications for a student bursary it runs.

One of its charities, the George Viner Memorial Fund, offers financial assistance to budding black and ethnic minority journalists looking to enter the industry.

Bursary can be used to pay for books, fees or equipment. Deadline for applications is 26 August with interviews taking place on 11 September.

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The Scotsman has launched a new website about the annual Edinburgh Festivals. features all the important shows and news from next month’s event with content provided by journalists on the trio of Edinburgh-based titles – Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and Edinburgh Evening News.

There are also show previews, a venue guide and advice on that most essential of Scottish tipples – whisky.

Johnston Press has moved 19 productions job from its Irish centre in Limerick to Antrim.

The Irish Independent reports that the company’s presses in Limerick and Kilkenny are believed to be under threat.

The paper quotes the company’s Irish finance head John McNicholl as saying he had “absolutely no comment to make” on the story.

In a later report the same paper claims there will be editorial cuts at the Limerick Leader and Kilkenny People.

Herts Advertiser editor Matt Adams has been forced to postpone his charity skydive.

The 38-year-old was due to make the leap of faith on Sunday at Brackley Airfield, Northamptonshire.

Due to “appalling weather” condition it has been put back until mid-August.

Matt, who took over the role in April, is raising money for local hospice charity Grove House.

The Press Complaints Commission is looking for a new public member to help in its work resolving public complaints about the media.

The post carries a salary of over £11,000 per year and requires attendance at meeting in London among other duties.

It is for a term of three years but applicants should not have been employed by a newspaper or magazine in the last ten years due to the PCC’s independence.

Deadline for applicants is 1 September – for more details visit the PCC website.

A weekly reporter raising money to renovate a dilapidated school and football pitch in South Africa has raised nearly £1,800.

In May we reported how David Blackmore, of the Leatherhead and Dorking Advertiser, was organising a series of fundraising events in a bid to reach his £4,000 target.

He has so far collected £1,796.98 for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. To sponsor him visit his online fundraising page.