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Yorkshire is blogging capital of UK

More than a quarter of UK internet users now write an online blog, according to the Blogging Britain research report commissioned by MSN Spaces. And Yorkshire is the blogging capital of the UK, with more than a third (35%) of…

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2006 was a good year, sort of

Ian Green and Simon Collister, both of Wakefield-based GREEN Communications, have both written about new research on the perilous state of the PR industry. The research. by industry analysts Plimsoll, says that 23% of PR agencies price below cost and…

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999TV and YouTube debut for West Yorks police

In the UK the police are proving to be some of the most innovative users of social media including blogs and video sharing. The chief constable of North Wales Police is probably the most senior public sector officer to blog…

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A Minute With… Ajaz Ahmed

Ajaz Ahmed is the co-founder of Freeserve, the UK’s largest ISP (internet service provider), now owned by Orange. He is now involved in running a number of companies including Huddersfield-based Browzar which provides a privacy tool for internet browsing. A…

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Freelance journo Amber is on the warpath

Freelance journalist Amber McNaught is on the warpath against that minority of PRs who appear to have no concept of what journalists need. Shame I only discovered her blog today, as it would have been a good Edinburgh example to…

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West Yorkshire Police student podcasts

Leeds, specifically the LS6 postcode, always has a crime surge around about this time of year. It’s because of the massive influx of students arriving at the two universities. That’s why West Yorkshire Police has come up with this fantastic…

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Cold in Leeds in August

Thanks to The Register for alerting me to the fact I need to wear my woolly jumper today as the BBC forecasts temperatures will plummet to 3°C. Technorati : BBC, Leeds, The Register

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Education Secretary Alan Johnson plugs blogs

Simon Dickson reports that Secretary of State for Education Alan Johnson has made a speech talking about the importance of blogs and social media in UK politics. Inspiring stuff from a man who is touted by some as the future…

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CIPR Northern Conference

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations is holding its Northern Conference on Thursday July 6 at the Carriageworks Theatre in Millennium Square, Leeds. I’m running a workshop on blogging. Simon has more details or visit Eventualities, the blog of the…

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Why regional media still rocks

Stephen Davies recently asked “What does the future hold for the regional press?”. I’m actually quite optimistic about the future of the regional press and even more importantly I believe that it is vital that we all give it as…

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