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Daily newsdesk chief heads for academic future

Rebecca-WhittingtonA former weekly editor and regional daily head of news is to quit journalism to forge a new career in academia and media consultancy.

Rebecca Whittington, left, who has held the position of head of news for the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post since December, will be working as a graduate teaching assistant at Leeds Trinity University alongside a PhD investigating the impact of digital reporting tools on regional media.

The former editor of weekly titles such as the Pontefract and Castleford Express and the Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express will also offer media consultancy for small and medium sized businesses and PR firms.

Rebecca, pictured above, started out in journalism at the Telegraph and Argus, in Bradford, in 2004.

She later moved to work on newsdesk and editing roles for a number of other newspapers in Yorkshire, including the Wakefield Express, Halifax Courier and Brighouse Echo.

She said: “It was a really hard decision to leave the newsroom behind for a new adventure, but when I was offered the chance to do a PhD and teach new journalistic talent I felt I couldn’t turn it down.

“I am sad to say goodbye to an amazing team and a fantastic job.

“I’ve been very lucky to work with some really talented people and on some fantastic stories over the past ten years, now I’m looking forward to sharing some of the knowledge I’ve gained with others.”

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  • November 4, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Where are all these journalism graduates being churned out going to?
    There seems to be no end to the number of experienced journos jumping ship to train them?

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