Duncan Bannatyne apologises after using mobile phone at the wheel

Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne was stopped by police for using the device in his car while dropping his son at a cricket match

Review: Foreigner, Europe and FM at Newcastle City Hall

There's nothing like a 'sold out' sign at Newcastle City Hall ahead of a Friday night rock show. It only took two weeks to sell every ticket for this triple bill of AOR goodness and the pre-gig atmosphere was electric

Software giant Sage holds No Email Day in a bid to get more work done

The No Email Day challenge is overseen by content and social media specialist Paul Lancaster in an effort to get more work done

Jinn courier firm launched in Newcastle after Accelerator help

Three Spanish students who met on a technology course in America have launched an innovative courier service, Jinn, in Newcastle

Morrisons back Chi Onwurah's call to ban sexist toy displays

A North East MP has claimed a victory after Morrisons supermarket chain became the first in the country to back her ban on sexist toys

Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah stands up to internet trolls

Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central, became a target for cyber bullies after she spoke out on the issue of children's toys

Inflation falls below Bank of England's 2% target for first time in four years

Use our interactive tool to build your own inflation shopping basket and see inflation breakdowns since 1989 and by item type

NETwitterati pair are appointed to senior CIPR positions

Stephen Waddington and Sarah Hall have been appointed to senior roles in the national body for public relations professionals, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

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

Man and woman from North East jailed for Twitter abuse

Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo have been jailed for subjecting a high-profile feminist Caroline Criado-Perez to online abuse

Double Michelin-starred chef Kenny Atkinson opens Newcastle restaurant

Celebrity chef Kenny Atkinson is opening his own restaurant, House of Tides in Newcastle on January 24. Jane Hall finds out what diners can expect

Speculation over Johnny Heitinga's move to Newcastle United amounts to tweet nothing

The son of West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan was forced into a retraction after tweeting that Johnny Heitinga was set to join Newcastle United

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

Weather forecasters warn to avoid North East coast as high winds hit region

Weather forecasters are warning people to avoid the North East coast today as high winds are expected to cause flooding

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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

Secret Diner Review: Peace & Loaf, 217 Jesmond Road, Newcastle

A new restaurant headed by former Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Dave Coulson gets the Secret Diner's seal of approval

NEtwitterati: The North East's Most Influential People on Social Media

The Journal's search for the North East's Most Influential People on Social Media, or the North East Twitterati (#NEtwitterati) as it’s become known, started off as an idea over coffee

Twitter worth £19bn after Wall Street debut

A Twitter storm on Wall Street saw the micro-blogging site add billions of dollars to its value as the company made its market debut

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

Gateshead footballer jailed for nightclub attacks

A footballer from Gateshead has been jailed for 18 months after he was found guilty of punching two men in separate nightclub attacks.

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

NEtwitterati: Maunika Gowardhan - Indian chef and food writer

Indian chef Maunika Gowardhan from Newcastle admits she is obsessed by food and her social media footprint reflects her passion for cooking and eating

NEtwitterati: Nicola Jayne Little - Founder of Daisy Green Media and Events

As founder of @connectfriday , the North East's green business networking event, it's little wonder that Nicola Jayne Little of Daisy Green Media and Events describes herself as an online connector

Secret Diner Review: Irvins Brasserie, The Irvin Building, Fish Quay, North Shields

Fishing pioneer Richard Irvin's headquarters were in Fish Quay a century ago, and the building is still there as a spacious, laid-back brasserie

Northumberland Tory parliamentary candidate orders removal of her "MP" Twitter account

Tory supporters in Twitter blunder after Berwick MP's decision to retire

Tyneside heroes to be honoured with place on new "walk of fame"

Local heroes from the past 60 years are to be honoured with a new Hollywood-style “walk of fame”

Secret Diner Review: The Rat Inn, Anick, Hexham

This week the Secret Diner hands Mrs Diner and friends the pleasure of reviewing the highly rated gastropub The Rat Inn at Anick

Andy Saull quickly warms to task at Newcastle Falcons

The former Saracens and England Saxons flanker had agreed to join the club not knowing what division they would be playing in, and was a nervous wreck during the Championship play-off final

Local links so vital for beer industry

This week, we’ve got two people writing about keeping it local. Gary Taylor talks about Anarchy Brew Co whilst Martin Ellis, from CAMRA talks about the Locale scheme

Sarah Pittendrigh: 'Website is like a shop window'

Many businesses spend thousands of pounds on advertising and Search Engine Optimisation, but as I had no funds for a marketing budget when I started Simply Bows and Chair Covers I had to work smart

Northumberland man embarks on year-long charity bike ride

Northumberland football fan Hugh Thompson is setting off this weekend on a 25,000km bike ride to watch next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil

Body found in River Tyne thought to be missing Jason Fyles

Police officers believe they have found the body of missing Jason Fyles, the Newcastle University student who was last seen on May 16

Sarah Pittendrigh: Building your brand identity

Sarah Pittendrigh, managing director of Simpy Bows and Chair Covers, gives her views on brand identity

Big week for David Caterpillar after confusing G8 meeting

SO it has been a big week for David Caterpillar and his big-hitting counterparts, thanks to the confusingly christened get-together they call G8.

Messages of support for Durham CCC head coach Geoff Cook

DURHAM County Cricket Club’s head coach Geoff Cook was last night in a “critical but stable” condition after suffering a heart attack while jogging.

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.

Would you let your CEO loose on Twitter?

SOCIAL media is a must-have for many businesses. Some grasp it with enthusiasm while others remain fascinated but unsure of its power and influence.


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