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Daily content chief quits for council PR role

26ca5aeA content editor at a regional daily has left regional journalism after 14 years for a council PR role.

David Clensy, left, has moved from the Western Daily Press in Bristol to become a communications officer for Wiltshire Council.

He began his career in journalism with the Derby Telegraph in 2000 and also worked for the Hull Daily Mail, Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen.

In 2007 he became chief feature writer on the Bristol Post before moving to sister title the WDP in July 2013.

David was twice named the EDF Energy South West Feature Writer of the Year, winning the award in 2012 and 2014.

Other recent job moves in the regional press include:

  • Daniel Sanderson has been appointed Scottish political correspondent of The Herald, Glasgow, replacing Robbie Dinwoodie, who has moved to a new role as a leader and opinion writer. Daniel previously worked for the Edinburgh Evening News.
  • Nottingham Post has appointed Dan Russell as education correspondent. Dan was previously a senior news reporter for the same title.
  • Kay Atwal has left her role at The Docklands and East London Advertiser, Newham Recorder and Barking and Dagenham Post. A replacement has not yet been appointed.
  • Gloucestershire County Gazette sports editor Robert Iles has left the paper to join the joint sports desk at the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo. Alan Diggory has been appointed as his replacement and is due to start on Monday.
  • Kentish Gazette reporter Jamie Bullen has moved to the Gravesend & Dartford Messenger as chief reporter.
  • Essex daily The Echo has appointed Katie Mansfield as senior reporter covering Southend. Katie previously covered the Castle Point area for the paper.


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  • December 4, 2014 at 8:53 am

    If they give him a link to old paper he can drop the press releases straight on to pages. Save hapless reporters doing it, instead of binnng or rewriting them.

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  • December 4, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Good decision. Proper journalism at local level is a thing of the past. Young reporters are just playing at job and spending too much time fiddling with systems.

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  • December 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    i can’t believe you condemn all young ‘hapless’ reporters as ‘playing at a job’ … Just sounds like something Alf Garnett would say. A tad over pessimistic, but hey ho.

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