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Newspaper group aiming to get closer to its readers

Trinity Mirror is planning to tailor its regional newspapers closer to the needs of their readers with the launch of a major new project. After conducting a major survey of its readership, the group is now aiming to ensure its

Society's next president prepares for office

Jonathan Grun, editor of the Press Association, is set to succeed Liz Page as the Society of Editors president for 2002-3. Currently vice president, Jonathan will address the Society’s annual meeting in York next month, where members are due to

New regional editor is named by Trinity Mirror

A series of key editorial and training appointments – including a new editor for a Sunday regional – has been announced by Trinity Mirror. At Trinity Mirror Regionals’ Cardiff centre, Tim Gordon (right) has been promoted to editor of Wales

Amardeep awaits decision

A Sunday Mercury journalist held by the authorities in Pakistan amid claims of espionage has been placed in a lower security facility. Amardeep Bassey had been held at the Joint Interrogation Centre in Peshawar after he was found not to

"Crucial day" for Midlands journalist

A judicial review hearing which could decide the fate of the Sunday Mercury journalist being held by the authorities in Pakistan will take place tomorrow. Amardeep Bassey (left) was detained in the border town of Torkham 12 days ago when

New editorial chief for Trinity Mirror's regional press

Neil Benson, former editor of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and Coventry Evening Telegraph, has been appointed editorial director of Trinity Mirror Regional Newspapers. His work will involve adopting a ‘best practice’ culture across the company’s regional titles and organising newsrooms

Sad farewell for GMC's managing director

Neil Benson, former editor of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and Coventry Evening Telegraph, has left his post as managing director of Gazette Media Company to take up a new position with GMC’s parent company. Mr Benson, 46, has been appointed

Charity windfall from Gazette

Seven charities were each handed cheques of £700 thanks to a superb fund-raising effort by staff at the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette. It was part of a regular donation from the newspaper – but was swelled this year after staff gave

People in the News

New editors for Echo, Gazette as Journal loses top two Pastures new: Mark Dickinson (left) and Paul Robertson. Three big regional newspapers are set for new editors as Thomas’s Newcastle Journal prepares to lose its top two – both to

Journal to lose its top two

New editors for Echo, Gazette as Journal loses top two Pastures new: Mark Dickinson (left) and Paul Robertson. Three big regional newspapers are set for new editors as The Journal, Newcastle, prepares to lose its top two. Editor Mark Dickinson

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

Journalism conference prompts 'quality debate'

Scotland’s top lawyers joined chief constables and leading players in the media at the Society of Editors’ annual Scottish conference. They were there to discuss freedom of information and the relationship between police, press and the procurator fiscal service. Chairman

Future of newspaper group is in the hands of its staff

Around 80 journalists have gathered for Archant’s annual editorial conference. The two-day event allowed staff from across Archant Regional, publishers of the Evening Star, Ipswich, East Anglian Daily Times, Eastern Daily Press, Evening News, Norwich, and around 60 weekly titles,

Echo scoops awards hat-trick

The South Wales Echo has scooped a hat-trick of top prizes at this year’s Trinity Mirror regional editorial awards. Editor Alistair Milburn collected trophies for Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year and best news pages indaily/Sunday titles, during a ceremony to

Group rewards best of its regional talent

The best of Trinity Mirror’s regional talent has been recognising at the group’s annual in-house Editorial Awards. A dozen trophies were handed to titles from across the group, including the Birmingham Evening Mail, which was named Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the