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10:50 UK time, Wednesday, 3 October 2007

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

It's that time of year again, when fresh-faced youngsters are packed off to university and the "quality" papers are packed full of advice and cheap recipes. The Times has the tantalising tagline what every new student needs to know on its front page.

From reading its survival guide, the question that arises is will they be able to cope? And the answer to that appears to be no. Of the 12 students interviewed, five suffered severe depression in their first year, another four struggled with personal problems, two became insomniacs and one developed bulimia. Maybe a degree should come with a health warning.

The Daily Mail tackles the issue of university in its own inimitable style. It informs us that 66% of parents would put off getting a new conservatory to financially help their children through their studies. Good for them, but it means 34% think the conservatory is the higher priority. After the summer we've just had, maybe they're right.

The Express must be a bit peeved today - nearly all the newspapers have Diana on the front page and they are using the attention-grabbing techniques championed by the paper for so long.

Words such as "sensational", "dramatic" and "search for truth" are used by most of them. The Sun even has an eight-page pull-out called Diana: Search for the truth. The Express actually has nine pages of coverage, but not in a pull-out format. Darn it.

But despite all the competition, the Express looks like the paper with its finger on the pulse when it comes to news because of its extensive coverage of the Diana inquest. As they say, even a stopped watch is right twice a day. Anyone new to this country would not realise the Express has had the same front page for what seems like several decades, only recently ousted by Madeleine McCann. If you hang in there long enough there's a good chance any story will rise to the top of the news agenda again.

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