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Ambassador Jayne to hit the USA

Neath Port Talbot Courier production editor Jayne Thomas is going to America and Canada to learn about the newspapers industry overseas.

Jayne has won a place on a Rotary study exchange scheme travelling to Washington State and British Columbia next April.

She works at the Evening Post in Swansea where she produces the Post’s weekly sister paper, the Courier.

During the month-long Rotary International-funded trip, Jayne will be an ambassador for Wales, Rotary and SWWP Ltd, the parent company of the Evening Post and Courier.

As one of a team of four, Jayne will be giving presentations on her life and work in Wales to Rotary groups stateside and will be involved in a cultural exchange with host families.

There are a number of vocational days, which will give Jayne the chance to work at various newspapers in the Washington, Seattle and Vancouver area.

She said: “It is an honour to be chosen and I am looking forward to the trip very much.

“Newspapers in America and Canada are so different to our own. The vast areas and the huge circulations involved, along with the fact that their sales are mainly subscription based, make it a very exciting challenge for me.

“It is also an incredibly beautiful part of the world with lakes, forests and mountains and I will be watching out for grizzly bears!

“I’m grateful to SWWP managing director Chris Rees for allowing me the time off and to Port Talbot Rotary Club for putting me forward.”

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