A regional daily newsman is switching to a university public relations role after 21 years in the industry.
The 41-year-old joined his hometown paper, the Redditch Advertiser in 1992 and was news and sports editor by the time he left.
His other roles have included chief reporter at the Dudley News, sub-editor at the Southern Daily Echo, deputy sports editor and sub-editor at the Nottingham Post, and, for the last three years, content editor at the Derby Telegraph.
Said Paul: “It seems very odd to be walking away from newspapers, which was all I wanted to do when I was growing up and I am particularly sad to be leaving the Derby Telegraph because it’s a smashing paper which has given me some of my most challenging, yet enjoyable years, in the industry.
“My colleagues here are tremendous and I will miss them and my departure also brings to an end a 16-year association with my now-editor, Neil White.
“We’ve had so many major stories during my time here, not the least the Philpotts fire trial, where I was part of the digital team dealing with the live web and social media updates, and the incredible and sustained Bombardier campaign.
“But I am hugely excited by my new role at De Montfort and looking forward to getting started there on Monday.”