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National editors lined up for expenses row debate

The MPs’ expenses row will be hotly debated on Monday night at the next meeting of the Frontline Club.

Entitled ‘MPs expenses: a triumph for journalism?’, the panel will include Independent editor Roger Alton, Daily Telegraph assistant editor Andrew Pierce and freedom of information campaigning journalist Heather Brooke.

Topics will cover what the scandal has revealed about journalism; did MPs delaying publication of expenses create a market for the information; and is the whole story a vindication of chequebook journalism.

The debate, which is chaired by former Mirror editor Roy Greenslade, starts at 7pm in Paddington – full details are available at

The Reading Post has launched a new 60-second online daily news bulletin.

The news updates coincide with the first week the former Reading Evening Post switches to twice-weekly publication.

They run at lunchtimes on and, judging by the majority of comments under the first bulletin on Monday, have been well received by readers.

The Evening Gazette’s campaign to safeguard thousands of steel workers jobs continues to generate support apace.

A Facebook group has nearly 9,000 people now signed up in support of the Trinity Mirror title’s ‘Save Our Steel’ campaign.

We reported last month how over 5,000 people have joined the group which is calling for the Government to support troubled manufacturer Corus, in Redcar.

A cycling reporter from Newsquest London’s Times Series completed an epic 300 miles in the saddle.

Rebecca Lowe joined a group of fundraiser for the four-day road trip from central London to Paris.

She has so far collected nearly £800 towards her £1,000 target in aid of the Educational Frontier Trust, a charity which helps deprived communities in northern Kenya. Rebecca can be sponsored at

The now empty printing plant which used to produce the Birmingham Post and Mail and Sunday Mercury has been captured by a freelance photographer.

David Rowan took the haunting shots after the titles moved out two years ago which are now available to see online.

Visit and click on the ‘Abandon in Place’ tab.


Roy Greenslade (05/06/2009 09:08:48)
Change of time: MPs’ expenses discussion at Frontline Club starts at 7.30pm