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Lifestyle magazine bought by regional publisher

No. 1 MagazineA Scottish women’s lifestyle magazine is now under new ownership after being sold.

No. 1 Magazine, which was launched in 2006, has been sold by PSP Publishing Ltd to DC Thomson, which publishes a series of newspaper and magazine titles.

The glossy magazine will join DC Thomson’s portfolio of titles with immediate effect and issue 158, dated 31 July, will be the first one published by the media company.

Existing staff members for the magazine are set to transfer to DC Thomson’s Glasgow office in Skypark.

Ellis Watson, CEO of DC Thomson Publishing, said, “No.1 Magazine will complement our existing brands, in particular our mature and women’s titles, and strengthen our magazines portfolio.

“It is an interesting opportunity and we’re pleased to fully integrate the title which we hope will deliver benefits for the title and the company.”

A weekly reporter has battled through mud, ice and fire to raise funds towards her newspaper’s appeal for a local children’s charity.

Harriet Orrell took part in a 5km Spartan Sprint obstacle course last month with fellow teammates at Hampstead Ladies Rugby Club to support the Romford Recorder’s Fundraise on the First campaign.

The year-long campaign was launched in January by the Archant London title to raise funds for Hornchurch charity First Step and has secured more than £20,000 so far.

The charity supports the families of pre-school children with special needs and disabilities through facilities such as a sensory room and music therapy and was previously backed by the Recorder with a £1.1m appeal in 2004 to build their current centre.

Harriet’s team raised more than £1,100 for the charity by taking part in the event.

She said: “It was one of the physically hardest things I have ever done and I couldn’t have done it without Hampstead Ladies beside me.”

Eight aspiring journalists have been awarded bursaries to allow them to carry out training as the Journalism Diversity Fund celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The fund was set up to help budding journalists from socially or ethnically diverse backgrounds attend training by covering fees for NCTJ-accredited courses and living expenses.

The latest recipients were chosen after interviews in London last month and are the first to be awarded bursaries this year.

Those who were awarded bursaries were: Selina Ashraf (Press Association, London), Ellie Caddick (News Associates, London), Emily Collis (Brighton Journalist Works), Stephanie Finnegan (University of Ulster), Rachael Grealish (Brighton Journalist Works), Mohammed Sajad (University of Salford), Axel Trendell (Harlow College) and David Wilkins (Brighton Journalist Works).

The Press Association has launched a new website for its pictures which will allow customers without a PA account to buy photos directly for the first time.

The new PA Images site has more than 20m online images and provides content from major stories around the world.

Visitors to the site are able to search and purchase images without a log-in and there is also increased search functionality and a broad range of topical collections which are updated daily.

The website’s archive stretches back to the 19th Century, with pictures ranging from Queen Victoria to new Royal baby Princess Charlotte.

Andrew Dowsett, chief operating officer of PA Group, said: “We are delighted to launch our new and improved website – a more dynamic and intuitive customer experience to ensure we give our customers exactly what they want.

A regional publisher is aiming to offer its readers ‘greater value’ by giving away other publisher’s magazines for free within its own newspapers.

DC Thomson is offering to insert magazines within its own titles, which include The Courier, Dundee Evening Telegraph and Aberdeen titles The Press and Journal and Evening Express.

DC Thomson claims the combined circulation of its daily newspapers is more than 177,000 people, so the move would allow the magazine titles to reach more people.

It has made the offer to other members of the Professional Publishers Association, with the option of either giving away a free copy of the magazine as an insert in its newspapers, providing a free copy in the newspaper using a voucher system or providing magazine sampling at roadshow events.

The offer has been made on the website of the PPA, where DC Thomson said it would promote the magazine through their social media channels, which have a following of 54,000 people, include branding in the newspapers and a front page puff.

A regional daily’s campaign has seen grants of up to £1,000 handed out to community groups as part of a £100k giveaway of Red Nose Day cash.

The Yorkshire Evening Post teamed up with Comic Relief and the Leeds Community Foundation to offer grants of between £500 and £1,000 to local organisations from across Leeds.

The paper has now announced the groups which have been awarded funding from its Community Cash giveaway, which it runs each year.

Succesful bidders for funding include lunch clubs, refugee forums, sports teams, allotment groups and community libraries.

Managing editor Nicola Furbisher said: “The YEP is proud to be at the heart of our communities in Leeds – and this is the perfect way to recognise the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure these communities flourish.”

A part-time journalism course for trainees who are already in work has been launched by Press Association Training.

The training provider will start teaching its part-time NCTJ diploma in journalism from September this year, which will be run on one evening each week and every Saturday for 38 weeks.

The course, to be taught in London, will encompass all the modules required for the diploma, with exams in shorthand, news reporting, essential media law, court reporting, public affairs and production journalism.

Tony Johnston, Head of Press Association Training, pictured, said: “The course is in response to a growing demand to study journalism part-time whilst working.

“It is the same course syllabus as our traditional 17-week course, but now with greater flexibility to allow for other commitments. Before the course even opened, we received applications so we are expecting to see high demand.”

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  • June 20, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Part time courses to answer growing demand for those who want to study while working – so we were right 50 years ago to go on day release! Never doubted it for a minute.

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