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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

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

Appeal by trainee overturns S39 anonymity order

Kentish Express trainee Louise Edwards claimed a victory in court this week by successfully challenging a section 39 order. Louise, (22), who started at the Kent Messenger Group-owned newspaper last December, challenged the order during the case of Rodney White,

Court victory for Express

The Kentish Express has won an important court victory for freedom of the press and its readers’ right to know. Jo Robertson, chief reporter of the Folkestone edition, stood up and addressed magistrates sitting at Folkestone youth court and asked

Reporter's planning evidence sways landmark decision

A white horse will be carved into the chalk hillside above a seaside town thanks to pressure from a weekly newspaper – and one of its senior reporters. The Folkestone edition of the Kentish Express chalked up the victory after

Losses lessened afterExpress plea

When Kentish Express reporter Mike Bennett heard that urgent action wasneeded to help the award-winning Rare Breeds Centre in Woodchurch, nearAshford, he immediately contacted the KM Group’s directors. The centre, which helps protect rare breed farm animals, has been unable

Weeklies continue to enjoy sales success

Weekly newspapers are continuing to enjoy rises in circulation, with more than half of all weekly titles increasing sales year on year, according to the latest ABC figures for the regional press. Figures released for the first six months of

County journalism awards launched

Entries are being invited for the 2005 Kent Journalist of the Year Awards. Independent brewer Shepherd Neame has once again pledged its support for the competition, and is looking for the best journalistic talent from the county. Last year’s winners

Contenders line up as judges make their choices

The finalists for the Newspaper Society Weekly Newspaper Awards 2004 are: Editorial categories Aberdeen IndependentBangor & Anglesey MailBirkenhead NewsBristol ObserverCornish GuardianDunfermline PressEdgware & Mill Hill TimesEssex ChronicleHinckley TimesHunts PostIsle of Man CourierKent on SundayKentish Express (Ashford)Kentish Gazette (Canterbury)Manchester Metro NewsNorth

Veteran reporter wins MBE

The oldest female working journalist in Kent has been awarded the MBE for her outstanding service to the community. Barbara Butcher (84) – who last year plunged 200ft in a charity bungee jump – has been reporting the news around

KMG journos sweep awards list

Kent Messenger Group reporters swept the board in the county’s premier journalism awards. Paul Francis, the group’s political correspondent, was named Shepherd Neame Kent Journalist of the Year at an award ceremony in Faversham and won £250 and a silver

'Veteran' Mike gets lifetime award

Veteran Kentish Express journalist Mike Bennett has received a special Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his work in Ashford, Kent. Mike has been writing for the Kent Messenger Group for 40 years starting as a cub reporter in the