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Issue Date:-22 September 2008

Writing on the wall for print media?

YET another casualty of the Internet and Credit Crunch, is Trinity Mirror Group. The media group who own many world famous and local titles throughout the UK are now struggling to cope with the changes in the market. They have now revealed that they will have cut back in the West Midlands and also here on Merseyside.  They have now closed the Formby Times after 114 years of being in print. The closure of the Formby Times will possibly result in job losses in the future. The group, have also shut down printing in Liverpool, of the Post and the Echo, with resultant loss of jobs, with the printing being transferred to Oldham. Also more job losses are on the cards, after the group announced the Crosby, and Ormskirk offices are also to be closed, with the loss of the Midweek Advertiser and the Huyton and Rugby Star.

Some staff are expected to be transferred to Southport. Sara Wilde, Trinity’s North West regional manager, is reported to have said that:- “Taking the decision to make changes such as these is never easy, but I believe these changes will strengthen the power of our products in their market places and meet both the needs of our advertisers and readers in the face of challenging market conditions.” Have you been affected by the changes?  What are your feeling about this news?  Do you feel the media coverage in the area will suffer as a result of this?  Email us to as we are very interested in your views.

Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences – have your say

CREATIVE & Cultural Skills are calling on teachers, lecturers, employers and those with a special subject interest in the north west of England to give their input into the design and development of the new Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences available from 2011.

A consultation event is being held at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool on 1 October 2008.  A survey is also available online to fill out electronically.

Creative & Cultural Skills is delighted to oversee the design and development of the new Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences.  Creative & Cultural Skills’ experience of designing qualification frameworks in partnership with employers and education providers ensures they are well placed to develop this new qualification having also recently assisted in the development of the Creative and Media Diploma.

The new Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences will be launched in September 2011 and is an industry and higher education endorsed qualification.

Tom Bewick, chief executive of Creative & Cultural Skills and a humanities and social science graduate said:- “We are pleased to have the opportunity to ensure this Diploma, with a focus on applied learning, will offer an alternative to traditional approaches in subject areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  This fits as part of Creative & Cultural Skills mission to turn creative and cultural talent into productive skills and jobs, and to ensure qualifications meet real employer needs.”

Sir Keith Ajegbo, chair of the Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences Development Partnership said:- “The Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences will offer young people, at all ability levels, the opportunity to apply relevant learning and understanding to real situations in the complex world they live in.”

For more information about how you can contribute to an online consultation or attend one of the events email  There will also be a separate consultation for learners.

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