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Deadline looms for dream photo assignment contest

There is still time to enter a prestigious photography prize for a dream assignment.

The Ian Parry Scholarship was set up in memory of the former Sunday Times photographer who died on assignment in Romania in 1989.

It is open to students on a full-time, recognised photography course or anyone under the age of 24.

The prize is £3,000 towards a dream assignment while commended entrants will receive £550.

Deadline for entries in 24 June – for more information visit Ian Parry website.

A new book on the D-Notice system, the voluntary self-censorship agreement between journalist and government, has been published.

Called Secrecy and the Media: The Official History of the UK’s D-Notice System, it is written by Nicholas Wilkinson and published by Routledge.

Intrepid News Shopper reporter Dan Keel is continuing his quest to push the boundaries of his own mental and physical capability.

We have already reported how he bagged a free trip to Brighton from his south-east London office as one of seven other stunts.

In the eighth ‘Dan Dares’ challenge, he attempted to solve a Rubik’s Cube within three minutes of the world record. Found out how he failed at

The answer to a question probably not many people in Newcastle are asking could soon be revealed.

Who is the cleverest person in the Evening Chronicle and Journal’s newsroom?

Northumberland editor Graeme Whitfield is running a daily quiz among specialist reporters there with the first to 100 declared the brain box of the North East.

Keep abreast of the scores on Graeme’s blog.

The annual Isle of Man TT races have kicked off this week giving local press chief photographer John Maddrell another chance to add to his collection.

John has covered the race for nearly half a century and talks about his best experiences to his current employers, Isle of Man Newspapers.

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against the Derry News.

The Derry Journal lodged the grievance with the ASA over an advert which the News carried, quoting population figures and offering advertisers the chance to “reach a potential population of over a million people”.

The Derry Journal said it implied a greater reach for advertisers with the Derry News than independently-audited readership figures could substantiate.

In response, the Derry News said it was not their intention to imply the figures quoted for population represented or approximated to their actual readership figures.

The full adjudication can be read on the ASA website.