Matt Cornish, left, became editor of the Newsquest-owned Craven Herald and Pioneer in November 2012, shortly after being made redundant from his previous role at Johnston Press title the Daventry Express.
Now the 37-year-old has decided to move on despite not currently having another staff job to go to.
He told HTFP he was no longer enjoying the job and did not feel able to give it the “total commitment and passion” that it needed.
Said Matt: “I’ve basically decided to go freelance for a while – mainly PR and writing and I’ve got a few things lined up, but journalists have a wide range of skills so I’ll see where it leads really.
“The main reason I’ve decided to go is I’m just not enjoying it anymore. And it’s the kind of demanding job that needs total commitment and passion for the role, otherwise it can be rather stressful.
“I love local news, but I just don’t feel I can continue producing a paper to a standard I can live with anymore without neglecting my young family.
“My wife’s business is also picking up so I’d also like to be in a position where I can be more flexible with the childcare.”
He added: “The Craven Herald is a great paper and hugely respected in the community. It’s also one of the loveliest areas in the country to live so I’m definitely staying in Skipton.
“The team here are also among the best I’ve worked with and genuinely nice people. But I’ve thought long and hard about it all, and I need to go my own way for a bit.”
His resignation comes with Newsquest’s Yorkshire and North East titles embroiled in a dispute with the National Union of Journalists over plans to move up to 25 subbing roles to Newport, South Wales.
The Herald & Pioneer is run from Newsquest’s Bradford centre which was subject to strike action by the NUJ last Tuesday.
Matt took over at the Skipton-based title in November 2012 after his predecessor Adrian Braddy left to edit the Dalesman magazine.
He had lost his previous job in the JP restructure in autumn 2012 which saw the editorship of the Express combined with that of the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.
Prior to that he edited the Town Crier series of weekly newspapers in Cambridgeshire for three years having joined as deputy editor from the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.
He has also previously worked in Gloucestershire and Sussex, where he was brought up and educated before studying at the University of Gloucestershire.
Matt’s job at the Herald & Pioneer is now being advertised on HTFP.