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Cub reporter dies at 23

Tributes from a news team stunned at talented trainee’s death

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The Somerset County Gazette has teamed up with police to offer a £500 reward to track down a knifeman who stabbed a Taunton newsagent.Posters have gone up in the town with details of the crime. An NCTJ distance learning course,

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The York Evening Press’s Stop The Highway Robbery campaign has collected more than 5,000 signatures – including that of former cabinet minister Frank Dobson.The campaign calls on the City of York Council to abolish evening and on-street parking charges, remove

Readers rally round after paper tells of conmen victims

Generous Somerset County Gazette readers have brought cheer to a couple in their 90s who were tricked out of hundreds of pounds by callous conmen. Cash and cheques flooded in after the Gazette’s exclusive story about two bogus water officials

Somerset weekly rushes out earthquake edition

Staff at the Somerset County Gazette were shaken into action … quite literally. The week’s issue had just rolled off the Weymouth press when Taunton and the surrounding area was rocked by a series of earthquakes. Not wishing to miss

Record start to 2004 for Gazette

The Somerset County Gazette has produced its biggest issue in the paper’s 168-year history. The 160-page edition included a record Homelife property supplement, which ran at 64 pages. It also contained a 16-page Nativity plays special, featuring more than 90

Local coverage goes national as media latches onto Gazette

The Somerset County Gazette’s coverage of the war in Iraq from a local viewpoint has attracted national attention. First, chief reporter Phil Hill was interviewed on the Radio Five Live Drive Time show by Hasit Shah. Then editor-in-chief Ken Bird

It ain't half hot mum!Newsrooms react to war

The regional press is capitalising on the time difference between Iraq and the UK – and to round-the-clock conflict – by bringing up-to-date news from the Gulf that the nationals can’t carry. Many are carrying up to 15 pages of

Curtain rises on journalist's plays

Somerset County Gazette leisure editor Rod Hancox has two plays being performed in London this week. The Garden Theatre Co is staging a Hancox double-bill at the Courtyard Theatre in central London from last night until February 9. The plays

Gazette takes centre stage in Commons

The Somerset County Gazette took centre stage in the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions when Taunton’s Tory MP Adrian Flook, posing his debut query at the traditional examination of the PM, quizzed Tony Blair about the future of

'Spiritual' September 11 book reveals journalist's vocation

A former Somerset County Gazette journalist has written a spiritual biography on the first registered victim of the September 11 terrorist attack on New York. Mike Ford worked for the Gazette for eight years, during which time he began to

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Broadcaster Brian Barron was guest of honour at a graduation day for students at Falmouth College of Arts.Among the 496 graduates were media studies, creative writing, broadcasting studies and photography students.Brian Barron is the BBC’s foreign correspondent of 35 years