12:20pm Tuesday 24th November 2015
The Headline Challenge is played out every week day between The Northern Echo and BBC Tees. You can play along by following @echopeterbarron and @alibrownlee on Twitter.
8:19am Monday 23rd November 2015
BEING first with the news is obviously important – but there are times when it's wise not to rush into print.
8:34am Monday 16th November 2015
IT'S not a surprise that public authorities – Government departments, councils, health trusts, police forces and the like – don't like the Freedom of Information Act.
7:29am Monday 9th November 2015
HOW time flies. It is a year since celebrated artist Mackenzie Thorpe produced a stunning image to adorn the front cover of The Northern Echo's historic Remembrance Sunday edition, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
8:01am Monday 26th October 2015
ALL editors face accusations of political bias. The claims fly from all directions – Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems, UKIP, you name it – especially at election time. I’ve always taken the view that if they all think we’re unfair, we must be getting it more or less right, and I do my best to rise above the pettiness of it all.
8:45am Monday 12th October 2015
FOR the third year running, the Help For Heroes fashion show at Catterick Garrison left me humbled and inspired.
10:58am Thursday 8th October 2015
TODAY is a very special day for Darlington. It is the day the people of the town had the chance to get up close to perhaps the world's most famous sporting team – the All Blacks.
5:29pm Monday 5th October 2015
I'VE done some strange things in my 35 years on regional papers - but persuading a Dalek to promote my paper ranks amongst the strangest.
10:55am Monday 5th October 2015
AS an ambassador for the Butterwick Hospice, I'd been kept closely informed in recent months about the deterioration in the health of founder Mary Butterwick.
3:24pm Tuesday 29th September 2015
IT shouldn't need spelling out that the closure of Teesside's steelworks, with the loss of 1,700 jobs, is devastatingly important news.
9:30am Thursday 24th September 2015
THE Northern Echo is a family newspaper so it's important that we err on the side of decency when it comes to the delicate subject of sex.
11:53am Monday 21st September 2015
OF all the stories I've covered over 35 years in newspapers, there are two which cry out for an ending more loudly than any others I can think of.
10:41am Monday 7th September 2015
EDITORS are frequently faced with the accusation that they are only interested in putting bad news on their front pages: murders, armed robberies, sex offences, political corruption and the like.
10:50am Monday 17th August 2015
I'VE heard some bizarre complaints in my time but the irate phone call from a woman demanding to know why we'd taken an "unflattering" picture of her dog at Sedgefield Show may well take the biscuit.
12:13pm Monday 10th August 2015
THE media is frequently condemned for going too far – not caring enough about the impact of what's published – and sometimes those criticisms are justified.
10:32am Monday 3rd August 2015
IT was a very cultured week, starting with the launch at Teesside University’s Darlington campus of the Tees Valley’s bold and welcome bid to mark the 200th anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 2025 by becoming the City of Culture.
8:10pm Friday 31st July 2015
Stocks of the sixth book in my Monstrous Morals series - Day-dreaming Daisy McCloud - arrived today, ready for the launch on Saturday (August 8).
7:56pm Friday 24th July 2015
IT was an honour tonight to attend a formal dinner at the College of St. Hild and St. Bede in Durham, marking the end of a "International World Youth Exchange" programme.
9:44am Friday 24th July 2015
THE man who occupied The Northern Echo editor’s chair in the 1960s, Sir Harry Evans, had many proud moments but none more so than when he and his newspaper forced the Government to make free smear tests for cervical cancer part of the NHS.
12:23pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015
ONE of the talking points of this week has been our exclusive story about Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg, declaring that the force would no longer be actively pursuing small-scale cannabis users. It led this morning to a call from Danny Savage, from the BBC, asking if I knew "a friendly local grower" who'd be willing to talk. What kind of circles do they think I mix in?