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A REAL HANDFUL: Pensioner Godfrey Hill has been called The Messiah, an alien and a freak – because he has a thumb and five fingers on each hand. The 72-year-old retired engineer has hexadactyly. The condition is said to affect

Mo Mowlam told of "deep concerns"

The Newspaper Society has written to Cabinet Office Minister Mo Mowlam expressing the newspaper industry’s deep concerns over the threat to freedom of expression posed by new legislation, including the Freedom of Information Bill. The Society has called for all

Mike Jeanes on regional newspaper sections

The full text of the speech delivered by Mike Jeanes, market research manager, The Newspaper Society, at the NS Newspaper Sales and Promotions Conference 2000. This session takes a fresh look at the Newspaper Society’s recent sections research, focusing on

Shopping the smugglers

Customs officers have praised The News, Portsmouth, for striking a blow against cross-channel bootleggers. Readers supplied information on more than 20 suspected smuggling operations by using a telephone hotline as part of the paper’s Stop the Smugglers campaign Customs officers

Winners applauded

Regional newspapers were honoured for sales increases at the Newspaper Society’s Newspaper Sales and Promotions Conference and Exhibition. The Peterborough Evening Telegraph won the Bristol Evening Post & Press Award for Best Evening Newspaper, and the Johnston Press Award for

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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


UNITED ON BABY’S NAME: A West Midlands husband who wanted to name his son after the entire Manchester United team has been persuaded by his wife to settle instead for a simple Ryan Matthews – in honour of United’s Ryan

Carlisle reporters beat the rest

Journalists on the News & Star left the rest of the media standing with their exclusive coverage of a methadone death probe. In their late final edition on Tuesday, they beat national TV crews and national newspaper journalists to be

News NIBs from around the regions

POSTMAN’S NIGHTMARE: A Rottweiler chased unlucky postman Paul Elliott into a telephone kiosk after stealing a full mail bag out of his hand. The Shields Gazette reported that Paul rang the assistant manager at the South Shields sorting office who

Prince's warm words for regional press

The Prince of Wales was the guest of honour at a lunch for regional newspaper publishers and editors at the Newspaper Society’s offices in Bloomsbury. The Prince spoke warmly of the important role played by regional newspapers in their communities

What's this mountain 'ere?

More than 70 dedicated readers of the South Bucks Star scaled the Austrian Alps – but not without first packing a copy of the free weekly in their rucksacks. The stunt, by employees of a High Wycombe-based company, takes the

We know what they meant…

We know what they meant… By HoldTheFrontPage staff Thanks to all the journalists around the country who are keeping us well supplied with courtroom howlers, cock-ups and headline horrors. Here is the latest selection: Craig McGill e-mailed us to say:“This