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Publisher announces editorial reshuffle at weeklies

Regional publisher Local World has carried out an editorial reshuffle at a series of titles in Hertfordshire and Essex.

Hertfordshire Mercury editor Julie Palmer has additionally been given responsibility for the North Herts Advertiser series, which is to be renamed  the Midweek Mercury.

As senior editor, Julie, pictured left, will also have oversight of the Harlow Star and the Herts and Essex Observer, although those titles will each retain their own dedicated editors.

The current advertiser editor, Sue Webb, will become group features editor working across the whole Herts and Essex portfolio.

Julie has been with Herts and Essex for four years, joining as deputy editor of the Mercury in September 2010 and taking over as editor in January 2013.

She said: “I am delighted to be taking on this role at an exciting time for the Herts and Essex portfolio. I believe with the support we now receive from Local World South East we are in one of the best positions we have ever been to take on the new challenges in the industry.”

Sue, who will report to Julie will be responsible for the new property and leisure supplements across the portfolio and will also co-ordinate commercial features and projects.

She said: “I am excited to be taking up this new role and am relishing the challenge. The new property and leisure supplements will add even more value to what are already great products – and I am looking forward to bringing fresh, innovative ideas to the table to boost our commercial opportunities.

Sue, pictured right, began her career as a junior reporter on the Mercury in 1987 before working as a sports reporter on local and national newspapers for five years.

She then returned to Herts and Essex Newspapers, fulfilling a number of senior editorial roles, latterly as editor of the Advertiser series for the past six years.

Both take up their new roles with immediate effect.


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  • September 24, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Well, its full of the usual bull journos seem to spout on such occasions. The sort of stuff journos cringe at when spouted by PR guys etc.
    Strange world, in it?

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