AddThis SmartLayers

Story Ideas RSS

Quiet day in the office? In need of some inspiration to fill that slot on the features page? Check out our story ideas here and see if you can take news developments from around the UK and localise them for your patch.

If you would like to share a story idea with our readers, you can email us at [email protected] and we will upload it to the site.

Could the unaware be made more aware?

Over half the population is unaware that dementia can kill while 70pc wrongly think it is mainly a hereditary illness. The eye-opening stats came out of research conducted by the Alzheimer’s Society which also showed that two-thirds of those surveyed

Going away from the grape

Scenes of young, sophisticated types enjoying a glass of Chablis as they put the world to rights may be becoming a thing of the past. Research suggests that the 25 to 34 age range are deserting the grape, leading to

Don't bumble about with bumblebees

Not enough is being done to protect the future of the humble honeybee. According to MP Edward Leigh, chair of the public accounts committee, colonies are dying at an alarming rate. Speak to your local bee farm and see how

Some people will do anything for Olympic glory

Footballers and F1 drivers are exceptionally well paid but for other sportsmen and women chasing the Olympic dream, the reality is somewhat harsher. Undeterred by the daunting task of raising around £77,000 to reach the 2012 Games in London, New

Kids will be 'leaning on the lamppost'

Most of us can recall with a sweaty-palmed sense of fear being made to sing or play an instrument in front of our peers and parents at primary school. Now a school in the West Midlands has decided to add

What's in a name?

American sweethearts Kelly Hildebrandt and, erm, Kelly Hildebrandt will be tying the knot. The name-sharing couple met via Facebook after the female version sent her male counterpart a message about the fact they shared the same name. Take a trip

Loosen your belt while tightening it

As people tighten their belts, certain luxuries go out the window. New stats reveal that one in four diners will visit a restaurant only if it is offering some form of discount. So what are restaurants and bars doing on

Graduating but not working

A typically depressing statistic from the recession which is gripping the UK throughout 2009 is the lack of jobs for university graduates. According to research, there are almost 50 university leavers fighting it out for every job – up from

Protecting the twins and triplets

Mums-to-be expecting more than one arrival are not receiving the right information to protect their new babies’ health. Health experts at the Twins and Multiple Births Association have written to the government over fears that, without tailored treatment, the risk

Age ain't nothing but a number

Premiership football referees in England have to retire at the sprightly age of 48. But one referee in Aberdeen has just blown his final whistle at the ripe old age of 82. Eddie Norrie told the Evening Express he was

The young get streetwise

No-one likes to think that their personal belongings could be stolen but for children it can be particularly distressing if something is nicked. In a bid to counteract this, police in West Sussex are targeting the very young to wise

Wedding bells will chime – one day

A couple in Gloucestershire had to cancel their wedding at the same venue because it went bust twice. The venue went into administration before they could get hitched first time round and then they lost their £1,500 deposit after it

New reasons not to nod off

It doesn’t take much to disturb a night’s sleep and it seems the recession is now affecting our slumber. New research suggests a third of Britons are losing sleep, while nearly half of those surveyed said they had moved a

Pampering the pooch

A dog rescue centre in Kent is taking the phrase “pampered pooch” to a whole new level. An anonymous donor left the shelter £50,000 which staff used to pay for underfloor heating and soothing music. Do your readers have a

Make way for the mayor…..and her child consort

Some kids get a paper round, others pick potatoes for the local farmer. Not many become a mayor’s consort!! Keeley Allin, 12, is supporting her mum Sue Mills in her role as the new mayor of Great Torrington, Devon. Speak

Paying the rent with rent

The property market will always provide a good source of news and it would appear it’s taken another twist. Latest stats for May 2009 show the number of new properties available to let nearly halved: 34,088 in May compared with