Jean MacQuarrie

The long-serving editor of the Harrogate Advertiser has announced she is to step down, after 41 years on local journalism.

Jean MacQuarrie was appointed the Advertiser editor in 1988 and has latterly been editor-in-chief of JPIMedia’s Yorkshire weeklies.

Jean said: “I am proud to have been able to play an important part of bringing trusted news to our communities over the years.

“It has also been important to me as a local editor to be a part of the community as well, and I thoroughly enjoyed working with individuals and organisations to promote and support the town and district.”

Jean’s…


The National, Wales’ new national news service, will become a weekly newspaper, starting on Saturday, April 17.

The National launched in Wales on St David’s Day, March 1, as a digital news service and with a special launch print edition. Following the success of that first edition, a second edition — an election special focusing on the upcoming Senedd contest — was published on Friday, April 9.

Now publisher Newsquest has decided to take the print title weekly, creating four new journalism jobs in Wales.

Gavin Thompson

Editor Gavin Thompson said the decision followed strong sales from the launch edition and a…


The Stornoway Gazette is to be led by award-winning writer and broadcaster Murray MacLeod together with former politician and the founding editor of the West Highland Free Press, Rt Brian Wilson CBE.

Wilson, whose ministerial career also included becoming the first designated Minister for Gaelic to help bring closer together the Gaelic-speaking communities of Scotland and Ireland, will be reporting on a range of island affairs in both Gaelic and English.

Eric Mackinnon returns as Sports Editor with four pages of weekly coverage that will keep readers up to date with all the latest local news on football, shinty and…


Newsquest has appointed Stephanie Preece to the newly created post of Regional Group Editor.

The new role will include responsibility for her current team in the Stourbridge division, alongside the newsrooms in both Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

Stephanie Preece

For Stephanie she will be returning back to her roots as she started her career as a trainee reporter on the Worcester News in 1996.

She joined the Oxford Mail in 2000 as assistant news editor, before becoming news editor.

In 2005 Stephanie left Newsquest for a short time to take up a role on the news desk of the Gloucester Citizen, before returning…


Jane Whild of the Women’s Equality Party seeking election in Milton Keynes

Here’s a latest look at what’s been making the headlines ahead of the local elections across many parts of the UK in May.

A bumper set of district council, county council, Wales and Scottish parliament, Metro Mayor and police and crime commissioner elections are taking place — along with many parish councils.

Local journalists up and down the country will have spent plenty of Friday afternoon hammering our candidate lists as many councils declared officially who was standing in each ward or area.

On BehindLocalNews we’re going to be rounding up some of the great work being done by local…


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Yesterday probably counts as one of those ‘you’ll always remember where you were when you heard about’ moments, as the death of Prince Philip was announced at the age of 99.

Well-prepared plans kicked in on broadcast media, with schedules cleared for rolling coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing, and reaction from around the world.

For local newspapers this morning, it was a chance to put the death of man who has been at the heart of the Royal Family for decades, into a local context.

On the site today, we have a first look at the…


In years gone by, a major announcement from the Royal Family at lunchtime would have sent newsrooms around the country scrambling to change pages for the next edition, or get special runs onto the presses.

Yesterday, the immediate focus was keeping readers updated online, while carefully prepared plans across the country focused on Saturday’s paper, creating reflective, local tributes to a man who has been in the public eye for many decades.

Today’s local news front pages are a powerful testament to how every national news story will have local roots, with picture archives of local visits by Prince Philip…


Reach announced today that it will have a local news brand in every county in England and Wales by the end of the year, creating more than 50 journalism jobs in a new recruitment drive.

This round of expansion will mark more than 170 new jobs created at Reach’s regional Live sites since the start of 2020.

The latest plans will introduce ‘Live’ newsbrands to Norfolk, Suffolk, Dorset, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire this year — all areas which did not previously have a Reach print or online title at a local level.

In addition, Darlington, North Devon, Weston-super-Mare and Rutland…


Two newsrooms have joined forces to demand action to prevent more deaths on the Humber Bridge.

The call follows a month which saw six people taking their lives on the bridge in the past month alone.

Authorities have already closed footpaths on the bridge — but HullLive and GrimsbyLive say permanent solutions need to be found.

“With the tally too great to ignore any longer, we’re joining forces with our sister title GrimsbyLive to shine a light on the issue and campaign for more to be done,” said HullLive in an article published yesterday.

The decision to close walkways across…


Eric Gordon

The founder of the Camden New Journal, Eric Gordon, has died at the age of 89, the pioneering London newspaper has announced.

Eric had been the only editor of the newspaper since its formation in 1982. He died after a short illness, the paper said.

Writing on the CNJ website, deputy editor Richard Osley said: “As editor of one of the last independent titles in the UK, he was proud of the newspaper’s freedom from large groups and championed a co-op style structure, warning that papers would struggle to survive if they had to answer to faraway group executives or…

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