Emma Glanfield, 23, started work with Northcliffe Media’s South West Media group as a digital publisher to cover maternity leave after finishing a degree in Journalism at Staffordshire University in 2011
Eventually Emma, pictured left, was made a permanent member of staff and now she has been named as the group’s digital publisher of the year.
She received the prize at a company awards ceremony held last week.
Northcliffe Digital publishing director Marc Cooper said: “Emma finally joined us on a permanent basis as digital publisher for North Devon, after a year of freelancing for ThisisExeter and generally helping out.
“Emma has quickly established herself as a key member of the South West team, kept thisisExeter going strong while covering for another DP on maternity leave during a crucial period when the newspaper went from daily to weekly, and has more recently helped to reengage the North Devon newsroom in digital, rapidly build audience on thisisNorthDevon and go from strength to strength.
“She not only brings in regular cracking stories, but she also blogs football matches at weekends, takes great video, is a natural at social media, and has also turned her hand to data journalism.”
North Devon Journal editor Chloe Hubbard added: “Emma has helped revolutionise the news team at the North Devon Journal with her infectious enthusiasm for breaking news and rich content. We’re all really proud and this award is thoroughly well deserved. A top award for a top journalist.”