Two senior journalists who left their roles on a Midlands daily in separate management shake-ups have teamed up in a new magazine venture.
The duo are launching a new 60-page glossy magazine for the county town of Shrewsbury which will hit the streets later this week.
Up to 10,000 copies of Shrewsbury Today are to be distributed in the town centre and selected estates and villages on Thursday.
Sarah-Jane will be publisher of the new bi-monthly title while Jon has taken on the role of editor.
Said Jon: “We all know that Shrewsbury is an absolutely fabulous town with a real can-do attitude. Our magazine will reflect that by combining exclusive news coverage with in-depth analysis of the town’s big issues, the best coverage of lifestyle issues and comprehensive listings of everything going on in town.
“The response we have received from readers, advertisers and businesses in Shrewsbury while we have been setting up the magazine has been phenomenal. It is clear that there is a real demand for a magazine produced in Shrewsbury, about Shrewsbury and which supports Shrewsbury.”
Added Sarah-Jane: “Jon and I have worked together for many years trying to ensure that Shrewsbury receives the special media coverage we both believe it deserves.
“It is therefore a privilege to be able to launch Shrewsbury Today, a magazine dedicated to the county town of which we are both so proud.”
The title will be supported by a website – www.shrewsburytoday.co.uk – and a twitter feed @shrewstoday.
Jon was deputy editor of the Shropshire Star for 12 years until 2013. Sarah-Jane spent 32 years with the Star’s publisher Midlands News Association including ten as the Star’s editor.