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New bursary in memory of Welsh journalist

A bursary scheme has been set up in memory of former Western Mail sports journalist and broadcaster Bob Humphrys who died last year.

Run by BBC Wales, the £5,500 Bob Humphrys Bursary will go to an aspiring journalist on the post-graduate course at Cardiff University.

Winners will also benefit from work experience at BBC Wales.

The Midlands Newspaper Society met for its AGM in North Wales.

Outgoing president Nonna Woodward thanked secretary Richard Boyden and welcomed in new president Michael Hewitt, director of Acredula – the holding company of the Barnsley Chronicle.

The next Midlands Newspaper Society meeting is scheduled for 14 July.

The shortlist for the 2009 Periodical Publishers Association Awards has been announced. Judges narrowed down the entries to 186 finalists from 102 titles.

The awards ceremony takes place on 30 June in London – click through to read the full shortlist.

A newspaper publisher has carried out a £250,000 research project into media usage and consumer behaviour in the West Midlands.

The Midland News Association, parent company to the Express and Star and Shropshire Star, has now created a website to showcase the results of the TNS Media project.

More than 5,000 interviews were conducted for the project looking at consumer habits in various sectors on the MNA’s patch.

The study also provides information on print, online and mobile media channels in the region.

The Newspaper Society has posted a viral film on YouTube to promote its wanted ads young team of the year competition.

The amusing ad, which can be viewed here, features disgruntled losers in the competition bemoaning the success of the winners.

Wanted ads aims to showcase young creative talent for devising media campaigns.