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Fascinating feast of stories in new Echo book

Called Echoes of the Century the A4 softback book starts with a chapter detailing the Echo’s own history from August 20, 1900, when the first edition was about to be launched – and someone spotted that a page was upside

Party woos lazy journalists

Liberal Democrats are making life easy for journalists covering the Romsey by-election. They have produced a pocket-sized media guide that lists local industries and past election results and gives a potted summary of the constituency. One hundred of the 20-page

Newscom closes two papers

Newscom, the company which publishes the Southampton Daily Echo and several other regional titles, has announced the closure of two of its free titles and the sale of two more. The Bath Advertiser and the Bristol Advertiser, which have a

News In Brief – from around the regions

BONDAGE AND BURGLARY: A middle-aged man had to be cut free from a tangle of chains after a bondage session with a woman who took advantage of him in more ways than one. As he lay clad in a black

Daily Echo book celebrates a century

Reports ranging from the day the Kaiser came to town to the Dorset chicken that laidsquare eggs feature in a new book celebrating the centenary of the Daily Echo, Bournemouth. Echoes of the Century, the 172-page publication looking back, year

News In Brief – from around the regions

WHAT A MOUTHFUL: A pub regular swapped beer for a gigantic chocolate bar in a charity challenge at his local. The Lancashire Evening Post reported that engineer Geoff Evans guzzled nine pounds of Toblerone in nine hours. The stunt, at

News In Brief – from around the regions

A REAL HANDFUL: Pensioner Godfrey Hill has been called The Messiah, an alien and a freak – because he has a thumb and five fingers on each hand. The 72-year-old retired engineer has hexadactyly. The condition is said to affect

Mike Jeanes on regional newspaper sections

The full text of the speech delivered by Mike Jeanes, market research manager, The Newspaper Society, at the NS Newspaper Sales and Promotions Conference 2000. This session takes a fresh look at the Newspaper Society’s recent sections research, focusing on

Magazine-style sections boost Saturday sales

Saturday sections in regional daily papers are boosting sales when publishers achieve the right mix of “national quality and local content”. That is the upbeat message from the Newspaper Society’s market research manager. Mike Jeanes gave a presentation on newspaper

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Best publisher organised event – weekly newspapersWinner: West Lothian Courier – Livingston F.C. Open DayHighly commended: Morecambe Visitor – The Night Before ChristmasCertificate of merit: Oxford Times Series – In Business Exhibition Best in-paper reader offer – daily/Sunday newspapersWinner: Evening

On top of the world

Football fan Ken Hunter has won the holiday of a lifetime thanks to his local evening paper – the Bournemouth Daily Echo. Ken, and wife Vicky – who is usually a football widow – will be joining a luxury cruise

Hoddle echo aids charity

Readers of the Southern Daily Echo are being urged to help children in Ireland by sampling the singing talents of former England football boss Glenn Hoddle. The unlikely mix of ingredients produced a Page 3 picture lead for the Southampton-based

Together we can boost sales

Teamwork between editorial, sales and promotions is the key to boosting regional newspaper sales. That will be one of the key messages at the Newspaper Society’s two-day annual newspaper sales conference which started in Manchester today. More than 300 delegates


UNITED ON BABY’S NAME: A West Midlands husband who wanted to name his son after the entire Manchester United team has been persuaded by his wife to settle instead for a simple Ryan Matthews – in honour of United’s Ryan

News NIBs from around the regions

POSTMAN’S NIGHTMARE: A Rottweiler chased unlucky postman Paul Elliott into a telephone kiosk after stealing a full mail bag out of his hand. The Shields Gazette reported that Paul rang the assistant manager at the South Shields sorting office who

No hiding place for journalists who get it wrong

The Southern Daily Echo is advocating a new approach to readers’ complaints. Each week, a senior journalist is designated Your Advocate. Their name, photo and phone number appear next to the Comment column and readers are invited to call with