Regional publisher Johnston Press has created a ten-person editorial board made up of news chiefs from across its regions in a bid to encourage best practice across the business.
The company has today named seven new editorial directors, each representing one of JP’s regional business units.
The seven new editorial directors are as follows:
South – Gary Shipton, editor-in-chief, Sussex Newspapers North
Midlands – Mark Edwards, editorial director, East Midlands Newspapers
North Midlands & South Yorkshire – James Mitchinson, group editor, Wilfred Edmonds
North West – Gillian Gray, group editor, Preston
North East – Joy Yates, editor of Hartlepool Mail and Shields Gazette
Scotland – Colin Hume, group editor, Falkirk Herald
Ireland – Brian Keyes, editor, Kilkenny People
In his role as chairman, Jeremy will now report directly to JP chief executive Ashley Highfield.
Said Ashley: “The key aims of the board will be to provide a forum with the power and influence to enable innovation, great ideas, strategic initiatives, standardisation and the adoption of good or best practice and to develop journalistic staff at all levels, identify rising stars and ensure that our journalists have the tools they need across all of our newspapers.
“It will also ensure that great journalism is always at the heart of our business as we transform local media and build capability for its exciting future. Finally, the board will have the responsibility of ensuring that editorial strategy and policies are adhered to – a necessary role in a post-Leveson world.”
Jeremy added: “The editorial board is an important and innovative way of ensuring we can develop good and best practice across the whole of Johnston Press.
“I am delighted to be given the first opportunity with other board members to help steer the strategy and develop publishing approaches that enable us to deliver great content for our print and online audiences.”