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NUJ officer bows out after 20 years

National Union of Journalists official Angela Austin is stepping down after working for its Scottish division for 20 years.

She was assistant organiser after beginning her career there as a PA to former Scottish organiser, the late Mike Smith.

She is going as part of a restructuring operation which also saw the departure of assistant organiser Jim McNally in the summer.

A campaign run by Exeter daily the Express and Echo has won an environmental journalism award.

‘Green Teams’ engaged local schools in the Devon city in environmental project such as reducing food waste and energy saving.

The judges said: “Clearly showing commitment from the editor right the way through the paper’s editorial staff, the campaign followed through in everything it set out to achieve.” The awards are by run by Press Gazette.

Bournemouth University professor Stuart Allan will be discussing citizen journalism and the importance of social media on at a free lecture later this month.

Entitled ‘Re-envisioning Journalism: When Theory Meets Practice’, it will look at ways the internet is transforming journalism and assess the possible implications of that transformation for democracy.

The lecture starts at 6pm on 16 December in the Allsebrook Lecture Theatre at the university’s Talbot Campus.

To reserve a place email or call 01202 961033.

The National Council for the Training of Journalists is running variety of short courses over the coming weeks.

They are: writing for the web on 7 December, intro to copy editing and design on 10 and 11 December, media law on 14 December and news and feature writing on 13 and 14 January.

For further information and to book a course email

A new free paper is due to hit the streets of the capital just months after two free dailies, thelondonpaper and London Lite, closed and the London Evening Standard dropped its cover price.

A website advertising the London Weekly says it is due to go live on the 20 December with reports elsewhere suggesting a print run of 250,000 copies on Friday and Saturdays, due to begin in February.