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When Romford MP Andrew Rosindell was taken sick during a parliamentary visit to Brazil, he missed the Romford Recorder’s publication day and had a copy of the Archant paper flown to his bedside.He said: “I had one of my staff

Search is on for promising reporters

The Sunderland Echo is searching for the most promising young reporter on Wearside. The newspaper has launched a competition for budding journalists, with the winner receiving a host of prizes which could help them on their way to a career

Echo offers reward to catch a killer

The Sunderland Echo is offering a £1,500 reward in a bid to find out who killed a city teenager. Scott Pritchard, (19), was beaten to death outside his home four weeks ago in a seemingly motiveless attack that has stunned

Long hours payment to north-east journalists

A one-off cash payment has been made to Johnston Press journalists in the north-east to make up for “exceptionally” long hours being worked while changes are made at their newspapers. The problem was brought to the attention of management at

Paper's £500 reward to catch sex attacker

The Sunderland Echo has offered a £500 reward in a bid to catch a “depraved” sex attacker who may have struck twice on a local estate. An indecent assault on an 87-year-old widow on August 6 has been linked to

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The Government’s “low key” plans to mark the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy have met opposition from East Anglian MPs and The East Anglian Daily Times. Working together to launch the ‘Remember our Heroes’ campaign they have

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Two newsmen who have both been successful in their respective careers have met for the first time in almost 40 years. Former Bromsgrove Messenger photographer John Webb got a surprise when he answered the door to find broadcaster and newsreader

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The Kenilworth Weekly News has launched a campaign to support local shops.Among its aims are highlighting what’s best about local outlets and encouraging more big name shops to locate in the town. The Highland Heartbeat Appeal, to raise money for

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Bristol Observer reporter Sharon Kelly has written a first-person piece for the paper, explaining her feelings since her 20-year-old brother Lee traveled to southern Iraq with 42 Commando Royal Marines.“Every time a newsflash appears telling of soldiers killed or injured

"Democracy depends on grass roots journalism"

Kate Adie has spoken out to share her views on the importance of grass roots local newspaper journalism. The BBC’s chief news correspondent told an audience of regional newspaper publishers that she felt their papers were “part and parcel of

Book asks – who is Wearside Jack?

A new book looking at who was behind the “Wearside Jack” hoax during the Yorkshire Ripper inquiry has been published by a Sunderland Echo journalist after his five-year investigation. Assistant editor Patrick Lavelle has spent much of his spare time

Media manager on the move

Victoria Coulson, Media Centre manager at the Middlebrough Evening Gazette, is leaving to take up a wider role within Trinity Mirror. Victoria, (36), has been involved in developing links between schools and the newspaper during the past nine years. And

Explosive story runs for a week

A wartime drama left 2,000 people evacuated from their homes and brought a wealth of copy for the Sunderland Echo. The paper enjoyed a running story about a 1,000lb Second World War bomb that had remained buried and unexploded in

Echo and Gazette to get new editors

The Sunderland Echo is to get a new editor as Andrew Smith steps aside to concentrate on a new role within the company. He will become full-time editorial director of Northeast Press Ltd, and will be succeeded by Rob Lawson,

Johnston plans to buy RIM in £560m deal

Johnston Press is planning to buy Regional Independent Media for £560m. Johnston, the UK’s fourth-largest regional newspaper group, is launching a £220m rights issue of shares in connection with the deal. The deal is agreed and has already been approved

Echo veteran retires

Deric Walker, deputy editor of the Sunderland Echo, has retired after 35 years with the paper. Deric joined the Echo as a trainee reporter after leaving school, and after qualifying he moved from a district office to the paper’s head