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Publisher gives away cash prizes to newsagents

A weekly newspaper group is giving away £25 cash prizes to newsagents who display its titles in the most prominent positions.

The move by the KM Group-owned Kentish Gazette Series, Herne Bay Gazette and Faversham News is designed as a “thank you” to newsagents across its circulation area.

Editor Leo Whitlock said: “It does not matter if we have the best exclusives, the best sports coverage or the best competitions and offers if the public cannot find our papers when they go shopping.

“The newsagents take real care of the products that we put together and I am glad we are doing all we can to make them feel appreciated.”

The Loughborough Echo has been rewarded for its efforts to brighten up the local environment with a prize in the East Midlands In Bloom contest.

The weekly launched its Loughborough in Bloom campaign last year after numerous complaints over the poor state of the town’s flowerbeds and grass verges.

The town of Loughborough itself won a silver medal in the contest while the paper received a judges’ award.

Guy Black, the former director of the Press Complaints Commission, has been appointed chair of Press Standards Board of Finance.

PressBof funds the work of the PCC where Mr Black was director for seven years.

Mr Black, a former Tory spin doctor, is currently an executive director at the Telegraph Media Group and takes over from former Johnston Press chief executive Tim Bowdler.

City University, London, has appointed its first professor of financial journalism.

Steve Schifferes is a former economics correspondent with the BBC and will help create a new MA in financial journalism, believed to be the first of its kind in England and Wales.

University College Falmouth has hosted a conference looking at future trends in photography, video, animation and the visual arts.

Topics covered in the inaugural Image 2.0: Digital Media Futures conference this month included media production in the digital age, challenges to photography, and how new media is transforming public perceptions of the arts.


James Masterston (21/09/2009 17:41:51)
Blimey, how desperate can the KM get? Paying newsagents to stock your papers is a new one on me.