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Bradford-based printing firm, Alpha Media Solutions, has gone into administration, with the loss of 61 jobs.
The company was formed in 2006, following a management buy-out of the Scorpio Print Finishing. It was split into 2 unconnected businesses - Alpha Media Solutions and Scorpio Print Finishers. The latter firm survived just a year, while Alpha had, up until recently, been profitable.

Award-winning sports writer James Lawton is to leave The Independent as part of its latest cost-cutting exercise. Earlier this month, the paper announced it would be making 27 compulsory job losses out of its staff of 190 ahead of an autumn revamp.

The National Union of Journalists has attacked planned new measures to curb the frequency of council-funded newspapers.

This is despite the Newspaper Society welcoming the Government’s move and Local Government Secretary, Erick Pickles stating that the “town hall Pravdas” undermine “proper journalism.”

The funeral details have been announced for Tony Metcalf, a former assistant editor of the Northern Echo.
He died in Darlington this week after a battle with colon cancer. He was just 50 years old.

This month marks six months since Prolific North was established, following its launch on Monday 14 January. A lot has been crammed in to this short space of time, with two awards ceremonies, a new Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Communications Management in association with MMU, innovative research and advice initiatives and of course many news exclusives and jobs.

Tributes have been paid to Tony Metcalf, a former Northern Echo assistant editor who went on to a high-flying career in international journalism, who has died of cancer. Metcalf, who was 50, leaves a wife and two children, aged 18 and 10.

The National Union of Journalists has stepped in after the EDL wrongly accused a trainee reporter at the Doncaster Free Press of “ripping up flowers” laid in honour of drummer Lee Rigby.
It stems from an English Defence League and Unite Against Fascism rally which took place in Sheffield 6 weeks ago.

The perils of a career in regional press are told in a new novel by Liam Barnes.
A reporter himself, Barnes graduated from the University of Manchester and then trained at News Associates in Manchester. He now writes for Police Professional magazine.

Prolific Advice, an innovative new initiative created by Prolific North and delivered in partnership with Lucas Fettes, Tree Accountancy and Turner Parkinson, goes live today. Prolific Advice has been specifically developed for owners and managers of creative and media companies across the North, who will from today be able to access online professional guidance at no initial charge.

Leeds-based communications group, Communisis PLC, has been awarded a 10 year contract with the Lloyds Banking Group.
It will become the outsource partner for the production of all transactional customer communications in the UK.

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