Alan Geere, left, regional editorial director for Northcliffe South East and editor of the Essex Chronicle, is joining Victoria University in the Ugandan capital of Kampala to launch a new journalism degree.
Under Alan’s leadership, the Chronicle won the weekly newspaper of the year title two years in a row at the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards.
Announcing his departure this morning, Northcliffe said he would be replaced as Chronicle editor but not as editorial director.
Said Alan: “I’ve been lucky to work in quite a bit of the developing world – Afghanistan, Caribbean, eastern Europe…Margate! – and see this as a great opportunity to strengthen my international experience.
“These are exciting times for journalism everywhere and I’m delighted to be able to use my expertise in an area where a strong media is a vital component in the democratic process.”
“I’ve enjoyed every minute here working with some hugely talented people on some wonderful titles.
“Our brand of campaigning community journalism is alive and well and I look forward to seeing the papers go from strength to strength.”
Alan has previously worked at City and Westminster Universities in London and helped start another undergraduate programme at Worcester University.
In addition to his new role he will also be studying for a PhD with Leicester University, researching the theory and practice of Investigative Journalism.
In his three years with Northcliffe Alan oversaw the introduction of the central subbing unit that produces the region’s 35 weekly titles and promoted a clutch of young up-and-coming journalists to editor roles.
Northcliffe South East Managing director Richard Karn said: “Alan has made a huge contribution to our business, most significantly in helping to develop our pool of talented journalists and Editors – we all wish him every success in this exciting new chapter of his career”