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Two journalists join publisher’s transformation team

Two journalists have become the latest employees to join the Local World ‘transformation team’.

Simon Osborn, left, a sports production journalist in the South East, and Selina Maycock, the entertainment reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph, have joined the team of the newly-formed regional publisher.

Under the move, Simon will develop a new initiative called ‘SportsMad’, which aims to increase the amount of grassroots sports covered on Local World websites and also work on ‘LiveSport’, a live blogging tool for sports journalists.

Selina, pictured below, will work on a new ‘What’sOn’ development which will cover things such as music, theatre and eating out.

The transformation team was set up by Local World when it was formed in January to look at new content ideas across the publisher’s titles.

In an internal announcement, the company said: “Simon has joined to develop ‘SportMad’, a module designed to increase the amount of grassroots sport our sites cover, and ‘LiveSport’, a live blogging tool which will better equip our reporters to cover live events and breaking sports news.

“Before working on transformation, Simon was responsible for the production of all the sports pages across the South East based in the Chelmsford subbing hub.

“Selina has been the entertainment reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph for the past five years and has joined the transformation team to develop ‘What’s On’, an entertainment module covering music, film, theatre, arts, comedy, eating out and days out.”

Others on the transformation team include Andy Phelan, the former editor of the Exeter Express & Echo, whose role on the team was made permanent last week.

This led to acting editor Paul Burton being given the job on a permanent basis.

North Devon Journal editor Chloe Hubbard also joined the team in April, developing new Familybook and Famous Faces channels for Local World.

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