Natalie Sadler and Richard Porritt

Archant has announced appointments to the newly created Editor roles at the Ipswich Star and Norwich Evening News.

Natalie Sadler is promoted from Head of News & Digital Editor in Suffolk to the Ipswich Star role and Richard Porritt, Business and Political Editor, takes on the position at the Norwich Evening News.

The decision was made last month to bring back the roles as part of an investment in quality journalism. Previously, the Ipswich Star shared an editor with regional sister brand, the East Anglian Daily Times, as did the Norwich Evening News with the Eastern Daily Press…

The new district news team at BirminghamLive, led by content editor Matt Lloyd (top right), and BirminghamLive senior editor Graeme Brown (bottom right)

A whole new team of Brummies has been brought into the heart of a growing newsroom.

BirminghamLive has seen growth soar in the last year and now regularly commands the second-largest audience of any regional news title.

This rise has allowed for a surge in recruitment, including a new team which aims to get closer to local communities.

The expansion at BirminghamLive was announced by publisher Reach earlier this year, with around 25 roles in total created as part of a focus on district news in Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff. Local news brands have also been created in Warrington…

Four regional journalists will go head to head for the ‘Local Hero’ Award at the Association of Online Publishers annual awards.

The award, sponsored by Google, is design to recognise the value of local journalism and its contribution to society.

Shortlisted this year are Natasha Meek of the Bradford Telegraph and Argus, Caroline Wilson of the Herald in Scotland, Geraldine Scott, formerly of the Yorkshire Post and now at the Press Association, and Will Hayward of WalesOnline/Western Mail.

Henry Faure Walker, CEO of Newsquest Media Group and Chairman of the News Media Association has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The honour has been given for services to regional news journalism and charity.

Henry Faure Walker

Henry has been CEO of Newsquest, the UK local media group, since 2014 and has worked in local news publishing for almost 20 years, having previously been Digital Director for Johnston Press and General Manager of The Scotsman Publications.

He is also Chairman of the News Media Association, the industry body representing national and local news publishers.

Henry said: “It’s an…

An influential committee of MPs has backed the News Media Association’s call for public notices to stay in printed local newspapers arguing that removing the statutory requirement on councils to publish in local papers would create “a postcode lottery as to whether such notices continue.”

The NMA welcomed the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s ‘The future of the planning system in England’ report published today which called for the existing system of publicising the notices to be maintained, alongside the development of digital solutions.

The NMA, which submitted evidence to the Committee cited in the report, said: “We welcome…

Modern slavery expose is the only regional nomination in running for prestigious award, which recognises the best in investigative and campaigning journalism

An investigation into modern slavery in the UK by the JPIMedia Investigations Team has been shortlisted for the prestigious Paul Foot Award 2021.

The award, handed out every year by the current affairs magazine Private Eye, recognises the best in investigative and campaigning journalism.

JPIMedia, which has titles including The Scotsman, The News Letter and The Yorkshire Post, was the only regional news organisation shortlisted, with a team made up of reporters from across the network of newspapers.

Every month, Behind Local News uses Crowdtangle to look at the ‘most viral’ stories from local news over the past month.

We do this using Crowdtangle’s scoring system which shows the popularity of a page’s posts relative to the typical reach of content posted by that page. For this list, we look at posts weighted by likes, comments and shares. Any title can only appear once in the list.

This means that the list should include titles of all sizes and audiences from across the UK.

Once again, the list shows Facebook users to be animal lovers … and fans…

We’ve scoured the jobs boards of local publishers to collate a list of the vacancies available in local journalism in June 2021. If you have a job to advertise (free of charge), contact us here.

Archant: Client Editor (Herts,London, Cambs, South West)

BerkshireLive — Trainee Live News Reporter (June 18)

Brighton Argus — court and crime reporter

BrightonLive — Reporter (June 9)

BristolLive — Content Editor (June 8)

BristolLive — Social Media Journalist (June 18)

BuckinghamshireLive — News Reporter (June 18)

Cumbria: Audience and Content Editor (Newsquest)

DC Thomson: Sub Editor

DC Thomson: Head of Environment and Transport

DorsetLive — Content Editor (June 18)

Dublin: — Content Editor (June 18)

Dublin: — Culture writer (June 21)

Dublin: — Deputy editor (June 21)

Dublin: — Editor (June 21)

Dublin: — News Reporters x3 (June 21)

Dublin: — Videographer (June 18)

A new newspaper has been launched across the county of Angus by publisher JPIMedia with a vow to be a voice for those who struggle to be heard.

The Angus County Press hit the streets for the first time last month, bringing together six weekly newspapers published by JPIMedia.

Titles folding into the County Press include the Arbroath Herald, Brechin Advertiser, Guide Gazette, Forfar Dispatch, Kirriemuir Herald and Montrose Review.

The new name refers to the company which previously printed the Angus newspapers prior to be being sold to Johnston Press, which went on to become JPIMedia.

Each of the…

Milton Keynes has a new paid for newspaper after publisher JPI Media reconfigured its operations in the Bedfordshire town.

MK Citizen Extra was launched last month as a paid for newspaper, using the same brand as the established free weekly which has been known in the area since 1981.

The free weekly continues to be published and delivered to selected homes across Milton Keynes, rebranded MK Citizen Lite.

The paid-for Extra includes 24 additional pages of content, and a property section. Go, a leisure guide, is also included.

Editor Damien Lucas said: “We are very excited to launch the new…

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