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Newsquest chapel agrees pay deal

The National Union of Journalists and management at Newsquest title the Southern Daily Echo have reached agreement on pay negotiations for the year 2003-4. The Southampton Chapel has agreed an increase of 2.5 per cent across the board for journalists

Football fans' joy reflected in Echo sales boost

Southampton fans weren’t the only ones to celebrate the south coast football club’s FA Cup semi-final victory over Watford. Staff at the Southern Daily Echo were also raising a glass after 48,000 copies of the following day’s paper were snapped

Do run Ron, Ron – Big Ron Wain saves his boss

The editor of the Southern Daily Echo had a painful reminder of howwilling his staff are to support him when he found himself literallyfighting for his life in the office. Ian Murray, editor of the Southampton-based regional daily for fouryears,

Record attendance at media careers day

More than 2,500 people have attended the biggest media careers event ever held in the south. The Southern Media Careers Information Day, which was backed by the Southern Daily Echo, was held at the Southampton Guildhall. The event allowed potential

Sad death of a former journalist

A former Newcastle Evening Chronicle reporter has died in hospital, aged 78. Marian Murray suffered a heart attack before passing away in an Oldham hospital the following day. Oldham-born Marian worked for the Evening Chronicle’s reporting team for 12 years

Sabre rattling for the Arsenal

It could be the bravest – or most foolhardy – decision of his career: aneditor urging his readers to oppose a football team supported by his ownmanaging director… The Southern Daily Echo is trying to convert Southampton FC’s loyal following

It's Independent

Southampton’s new free Sunday paper is to be called the Southern Sunday Independent. A print run of 45,000 will be distributed to newsagents and drop zones around Southampton and the Hampshire area from tomorrow to capitalise on the increasing importance

Sunday launch planned

Daily Echo editor Ian Murray will be at the helm of a new free Sunday paper for Southampton. He will carry out the role in addition to his duties at the evening paper, which will use the staff resources already

Quality on a Saturday

People in the Southampton area may find they need a bigger letterbox on Saturdays – thanks to the Southern Daily Echo’s bulging weekend offering. The Hampshire paper took the plunge and launched a quality Saturday magazine in December. The extra

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

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

Anyone for a sausage – all 49 of them!

Never work with children or animals is an adage as useful to journalists as the acting profession – but dead animals? The lesson was learned the hard way by Ian Murray, of the Southern Daily Echo in Southampton, when he

Surrogacy couple take privacy claim to press watchdog

A newspaper’s court report which revealed the street name of a couple in a surrogate baby deal led them to complain to the editor about the intrusion. The Southern Daily Echo was fully entitled to publish the information but editor

Newspaper men join Code of Practice committee

A newspaper watchdog group’s code of standards committee has two new members. Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, and Trinity Mirror’s regional newspapers editorial director Neil Benson, are to sit on the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee, which reviews the voluntary code