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Souvenir edition marks All Blacks’ arrival on daily’s patch

A regional daily has printed a souvenir edition to welcome a world famous sports team to its patch.

The Northern Echo marked visit of the New Zealand rugby team, commonly known as the All Blacks for their iconic kit, to Darlington with the below front page.

The All Blacks held an open training session at the Darlington Arena, home of Darlington Mowden Park RFC, yesterday.

The session was held prior to their Rugby World Cup match against Tonga, which takes place at St James’s Park, Newcastle, tonight.

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Chronicle WishA regional daily is celebrating its fifth year of a campaign which has seen more than £205,000 given to good causes on its patch.

The Chronicle, Newcastle’s Wish campaign sees money allocated to charities based on the number of tokens they print and collect from its papers.

So far more than 1,000 groups across the North-East of England have benefited from the scheme and this year a further £30,000 will be allocated to not-for-profit organisations.

Darren Thwaites, Chronicle editor-in-chief, said: “We’re delighted to once again launch our annual Wish campaign.

“Over the years, we’ve been able to provide vital funding to so many local groups. The Wish campaign is leaving a lasting legacy across our communities.

“We’re extremely proud to once again give local not-for-profit organisations a chance to bolster their funds.”


web Healthy Young Minds Logo.jpgA petition urging the government to recognise problems in mental health provision for young people has been launched as part of a regional daily’s campaign.

The North West Evening Mail is calling on readers to sign the petition, launched as the “next step” the Healthy Young Minds campaign it began in July.

The drive was started after the Barrow-based newspaper ran a three-day series of reports which exposed major flaws in the levels of care for youngsters on its patch.

It wants to secure more funding for Cumbria’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Camhs), improve access to specialist support and help families spot the warning signs earlier in their children.

Editor James Higgins said: “There is a crisis in the provision of mental health services for children and teenagers in South Cumbria and the government needs to listen very carefully to concerns of the public, Camhs and Evening Mail readers.

“This petition is the next step in our Healthy Young Minds campaign. It calls for exactly what parents are demanding – for the crisis in Cumbria’s child mental health service to be recognised and for an urgent review to be carried into its funding.”


A deal between a regional daily and a journalism training centre will see students spent one day each week in the newsroom.

The Northern Echo has announced the partnership with Darlington College where students will spend every Thursday in the paper’s newsroom as part of their training.

The deal will see students on courses accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists attend the ‘newsroom day’ at the paper’s offices in Darlington, under the guidance of course leader Sue Calvert.

While in the newsroom, the budding journalists will generate stories, pictures and videos, as well as interacting with staff journalists and attending news conferences.

Darlington College students

The Darlington College journalism students settle in for their first day in the Northern Echo’s newsroom.

Editor Peter Barron wrote: “The Northern Echo and Darlington College have enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership for many years but this arrangement takes it to a much higher level. The students have already come in with some brilliant stories and I can’t wait to see them published in our papers and websites.”

Peter himself trained at Darlington College in 1980 and other high profile journalists who trained there include John Sergeant, the BBC’s former chief political correspondent and ex-political editor of ITN.

David-Higgerson-Pic-e14180431184192A series of high-profile media guests are set to talk to budding journalists at a university.

Trinity Mirror’s digital publishing director David Higgerson, pictured left, is among the speakers giving industry insights to journalism and media students at the University of Northampton.

Others who will speak at the ‘Northampton Chronicles’ series of industry talks, which were launched in 2012, include Mick Rawsthorne from BBC East, Keme Nzerem from Channel 4 News and Pete Clifton from the Press Association.

Kate Williams, head of journalism and media at the university, said: “We are once again delighted to be able to offer our undergraduates the chance to learn from journalists, producers and publishers from some of the biggest and most respected media outlets.

“The Northampton Chronicles offer a fascinating insight into how the media operates and provides students with plenty of tips on how to carve out a successful career in this highly competitive industry.”