An editor who has remained with the National Union of Journalists since the 1970s has been awarded a lifetime membership.
He has worked for Scottish and Universal (now Media Scotland) for 35 years and he edited the Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser for 22 years, from 1991.
For the past 11 years, he also took charge of the Wishaw Press and West Lothian Courier until handing over the reins nine months ago after taking up his current post, overseeing the company’s six titles in Lanarkshire and Lothian.
He was awarded the commemorative certificate to mark 40 years’ membership of the National Union of Journalists by Scottish organiser, Paul Holleran.
“I was delighted to receive life membership after 40 years in the NUJ, and it was made special by the friends and workmates past and present who attended the event,” John told the Wishaw Press.
“It’s a very challenging time for the newspaper industry, but I believe weekly newspapers have a hugely important role to play in their respective communities.”
He is also a keen motoring writer and has had three spells as president of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, most recently from 2010-2012.
The life membership award was presented at a special dinner attended by dozens of current and former colleagues.