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New prize for 'hypocritical' media campaigns

The National Union of Journalists has launched a prize for what it is calling the “most hypocritical local media campaign” of the year.

The move comes in the wake of a clutch of press campaigns encouraging readers to do more to boost their local economies at the same time as papers were making large-scale job cuts.

Journalist and author Nick Davies has won the Bristol Festival of Ideas Book Prize.

The Guardian writer sparked huge debate last year with his book Flat Earth News which detailed the demise of journalism and reliance on public relations firms and press releases.

Over 120 books were submitted for the award with a shortlist of six announced in February.

Mr Davies picked up a £10,000 winner’s prize which goes to a book presenting new, important and challenging ideas, rigorously argued, and which is engaging and accessible.

Senior executives from the regional press will be among those giving presentations at this Thursday’s Newspaper Society AGM.

Northcliffe Media’s MD Michael Pelosi, Johnston Press’ chief executive John Fry and chief operating officer Danny Cammiade, KM Group chairman Geraldine Allinson and GMG Regional Media’s chief executive Mark Dodson are among those to speak.

It will be proposed that, from 1 July, Iliffe News and Media chief executive David Fordham and current NS vice-president will become the new president.

Traffic to the Cambridge News website has more than doubled over the last 12 months.

New figures from Nedstat show that unique users of rose to 272,978 in March.

This represents a 117pc year-on-year increase while page views were up to 3.3m – a 64pc rise.

The publisher said advertising sales had increased as a result of the traffic boost.

Adam Lovell is the new crime reporter at the Hull Daily Mail. The 24-year-old, who was crowned young reporter of the year at the last Yorkshire Press Awards, beat five other internal candidates to the role.