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Forty years for loyal David

A Derbyshire journalist is celebrating 40 years at the same paper this week. David Hopkinson, 58, joined the Derbyshire Times as a trainee in May 1961 – and has stayed loyal to the paper ever since. For most of his

Scribe is snookered by Dennis

The chance to play against former world snooker champion Dennis Taylor was too good to miss when Derbyshire Times reporter Jon Cooper bumped into him at a promotional event for the paper. Dennis, one of the best-known faces in sport,

Sudden death of photographer

Friends and colleagues are in shock following the sudden death of a former Derbyshire Times photographer. John Smith, 49, was watching his youngest son, Sam, play football at cubs when he suffered a massive brain haemorrhage. He was rushed to

"Website belongs to our readers"

The Matlock Mercury has relaunched its website – and it’s getting ten times more hits than its sister papers in the Derbyshire Times Group, says delighted editor Don Hale. Originally launched last December, the site has gone for a brighter

Virtual shopping complex takes off for Mansfield

A virtual shopping complex, built and populated by the Mansfield Chad newspaper, is going from strength to strength. The weekly Nottinghamshire title has worked on the project since the end of April in partnership with the Mansfield Area Development Agency

RIM report deadline extended

The Competition Commission has put back the date by which it will report to the Department of Trade and Industry on the proposed take over of newspaper publisher Regional Independent Media (RIM) from September 27 until October 6. Gannett UK,

Stray cat strut – with bite

More Big Cat sightings have been reported to HoldtheFrontPage after we revealed a spate of summer predators across the nation. After our initial story we’ve been told of yet more of the mysterious beasts – dotted around the country in

Latest on RIM merger bids

Three newspaper groups have been sent “issues letters” by the Competition Commission as the next stage in the process to decide who could take over Regional Independent Media – the sixth largest regional publisher in the UK. This routine step

Maxwell's Crackin' Up

Local newspaper archives and libraries are a great source of information and research material for student and writers – but some hard work in the Chesterfield office of the Derbyshire Times is about to pay off for Maxwell Murray. The

From little acorns…

More proof that work experience on your home town newspaper can be the start of a great career in journalism was found in the pages of the Derbyshire Times’ latest edition. Times reporter David Smedley did a two-page interview with

Learning to live with the nationals

The national media spotlight may be focused on the harbour town of Littlehampton, but for the team at the local weekly, life has to go on. Detectives there are co-ordinating the search for eight-year-old Sarah Payne, who went missing near

Weekly Newspaper Awards 2000

The Newspaper Society’s Weekly Newspaper Awards 2000 were announced at a gala dinner in Newcastle after the Weekly Newspaper Conference. Here is the full list: Best advertisement feature – Paid-for weekly newspapers Winner: Somerset County Gazette Highly Commended: Luton News/Dunstable

Midlands awards shortlist revealed

Nominations for the awards are as follows: DAILY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEARBirmingham Evening MailNottingham Evening PostSunday Mercury WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAREvesham JournalHinckley TimesLoughborough Echo NEWS / CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAMME OF THE YEARBBC Midlands Report, Ghost TrainBBC Radio Derby Breakfast

Ways to soften up the boss…

Our latest collection of unusual regional press headlines and stories. It’s a filthy job but somebody’s got to do it… …chasing down criminals on a 50cc moped, taking shortcuts down alleyways, delivering pizzas at the same… Pass the bucket… The

Naming decision is welcomed

A North Derbyshire newspaper has welcomed a judge’s decision to allow the naming of a doctor who secretly filmed a family as they undressed in a swimming pool changing room. District Judge John Friel lifted a naming ban on the