Ed Walker is leaving GetReading to return to his previous position as Trinity Mirror’s digital development editor, with current deputy publisher Lucy Thorne, left, due to take his place once she returns from maternity leave.
In Lucy’s absence Neil Macdonald, pictured below right, currently head of web at the Liverpool Echo, has been seconded to the publisher’s role.
The digital-only project was launched last year after Trinity Mirror axed its companion print title the Reading Post.
As a result of her promotion Natasha Adkins, currently a live news reporter for GetReading, will become deputy publisher.
The new role of assistant publisher has also been created, which will be taken up by Jennie Slevin in addition to her existing duties covering advance content and what’s on.
David Higgerson, digital publishing director for Trinity Mirror’s regional brands, said: “Ed’s brief was to help set up GetReading for the digital future, and help develop a strong team of digital journalists, and he delivered that quickly.
“GetReading has established itself as a place for local people to visit everyday for news, sport and information which matters to them. At the same time, we have dispelled many myths about what digital journalism is.
“Ed will continue to support the growth of GetReading in his group role and I am delighted Lucy has agreed to become publisher, and that Neil has agreed to steer the ship and continue getreading’s development in the months to come.”