Go North East bus firm named as fourth best in the UK for social media

Bus company Go North East has been heralded as the fourth best UK firm at using social media, beating big names such as EE, Next, Boots and Aldi

Bernie Callaghan: Crowdfunding's a credible system for raising finance

For small and start-up businesses, crowdfunding is fast becoming a credible alternative financial system. The newly published Centre for Cities report said that the North East lagged behind in terms of business start-up

Social networking site Facebook reports record profits

Social networking heavyweight Facebook has posted record profits of £1.5bn from 750 million daily users

Pupils fight to save Guide Post Middle School near Ashington

Ten-year-olds Hannah Doncaster and Daisey Wilson have added their calls to save the school in Northumberland

PC David Rathband inquest: Police did not believe colleagues life was at risk

The inquest into the death of PC David Rathband heard how a senior Northumbria Police officer did not believe his life was at risk

Members of WI take up new challenge for the New Year

Washington WI Concord now has a lively ukulele group

Teenager Danielle Formosa found dead at Consett children's home

Danielle Formosa is believed to have been friends with Sarah Clerkson, who was found hanging at a County Durham house party

Linking online behaviour to those offline purchases

Technology is helping retailers adapt to changing consumer behaviour believes the general manager of a North East town shopping centre

Holy Island residents praised for tackling blaze as tide delays emergency services

Residents on Holy Island in Northumberland used extinguishers and buckets of water to fight the blaze on Saturday night as the closure of its causeway delayed the attendance of mainland emergency services

Curious Georgie: Take a look at your selfie

Selfies are the new word on the tweet, with pretty much everyone uploading a photo of themself onto a social media website

Tributes after death of colonel in County Durham canoe tragedy

Tributes have been paid to a highly-regarded army colonel and family man who died following a canoe accident at the weekend

Annual Port of Tyne Reflect Awards launched

People are being urged to take a photo or make a film of the great North East and enter the Port of Tyne Reflect Awards 2013

Girl inspires donations of £100,000 to help brain tumour research

A brave little girl's battle with a brain tumour has helped to raise £100,000 in just 13 days

NEtwitterati: The search for the North East's Most Influential People is on

The search for the North East's Most Influential People on Social Media is still going strong with more than 1,000 nominations received so far

NEtwitterati: Who else will join our influence list?

There has been more than 700 nominations in just 72 hours in our search for the North East’s Most Influential People on Social Media

Review: 51 Shades of Maggie at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Our reviewer Karen Wilson is not amused by a stage spoof of Fifty Shades of Grey starring former Emmerdale actress Adele Silva

Artwork by John Martin part of huge exhibition

A painting by Haydon Bridge artist John Martin has become part of the vast Art Everywhere exhibition on billboard sites across the UK

Faye Jones: Turkish boyfriend already has another girl

Turkish waiter Murat Can Ertani has told how he already has another girlfriend from the UK

Missing Cramlington teenager Faye Jones is found

Teenager Faye Jones who went missing while on holiday in Turkey has been found

Internet troll Reece Elliott jailed for two years after threat to shoot schoolchildren

Reece Elliott, 24, from South Shields, left abusive comments on tribute pages set up for two teenagers who died in car accidents

Arrest and appeal after two killed in County Durham crash

A man has been arrested after two women were killed and a third was left fighting for her life following a three-car smash in County Durham.

40 lives put at risk as coach tries to cross Holy Island causeway

SAFETY experts have hit out after a coach carrying around 40 people tried to cross the Holy Island causeway while it was under several foot of water.

Northern Rock Foundation grants are a breath of Fresh air

GRANTS totalling £280,000 have been dished out to eight good causes across the North East by the Northern Rock Foundation.

Horrified Rihanna fans tell of gig disorder

THE Rihanna concert which attracted thousands of people to Wearside was marred by reports of widespread disorder.

Global art fans look to North East

ART lovers from across the globe are beating a path to the door of Northumberland wildlife painter, with online sales soaring.

Digital agency Shouts about rising turnover

A TYNESIDE digital media agency has hired eight new staff after seeing its turnover increase by more than a third in only three months.

Family vigil and traveller save orphaned foal Promise

NOSE to nose, this is Promise the orphaned foal who staged a fight for life after an internet plea found her a foster mother.

Ignite100 scheme looking for ambitious North East start-ups

THE hunt is on for ambitious start-ups that stand to secure £100,000 towards their business.

Go North East 'a leader in social media'

REGIONAL bus giant Go North East has become the only local company to be ranked in the top 50 of travel social brands – beating international big hitters including British Airways.

WIN: A meal for two at Electric East

ELECTRIC East is offering on Culture Club member the chance to win a meal for two, to the value of £50, and a bottle of wine.

North East thriller Bypass finishes filming after nine weeks

A grateful message was posted on Facebook at the weekend by the people at Newcastle based production company Third Films

TV star David Leon back home to flesh out impressive short film

Action has been called once again on David Leon’s film Orthodox, which impressed the short film circuit last year

Northern Alliance

BLYTH Town will miss Alfie Cartwright in his wellington boots, strip and flat cap.

Fabricio Coloccini needs to speak to the fans

ALAN Pardew has repeated his call for Fabricio Coloccini to address Newcastle United’s supporters – despite saying he is not too worried about the open letter the defender penned to San Lorenzo.

Alan Pardew finishes January recruitment drive

NEWCASTLE United have pulled down the shutters on their January recruitment drive as Alan Pardew urges his players to “learn” from their early-season struggles.

Davide Santon supports campaign to kick racism out of football

Davide Santon has seen players reduced to tears by racism. No wonder, writes Stuart Rayner, he is so keen to nip it in the bud

Danny Simpson relishes Wear-Tyne derby welcome

DANNY Simpson has invited Sunderland supporters to do their worst before and during Sunday’s Stadium of Light showdown, insisting that Wearside barracking is a “positive buzz” for him and his team-mates.

Half-term welcomes Juice Festival again

IN the short time since it arrived to test the waters in 2008, Juice Festival has become somewhat of a bells and whistles safety net for parents all over Newcastle and Gateshead.

Is social networking a good thing for professional sport?

SIR Alex Ferguson spoke for a generation of coaches when, on the eve of the season, he surveyed the wreckage of a digital indiscretion that cost his most senior defender Rio Ferdinand £45,000.

Boy, 7, killed after fall from traction engine at Beamish

Tragedy hit a popular North East family attraction when a young boy died in an accident involving a steam traction engine


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer