The Guardian is to expand its coverage of the Northern English regions by basing a team of five reporters in Manchester.
The daily, which began life in the 19th century as the Manchester Guardian before going national, says the move will “significantly extend its coverage of the region and the reach of its newsroom.”
North of England editor Helen Pidd, pictured, will oversee the team which will also include prisons correspondent Eric Allison, North of England correspondents Josh Halliday and Nazia Parveen, and North of England reporter Frances Perraudin.
The move was announced by Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner, who began her career on local newspapers in Yorkshire.
She said: “I’m delighted to be building on the Guardian’s fine heritage in Manchester by putting more reporters on the ground to get scoops, break news and provide context and analysis about the North of England.
“At a time of unprecedented global reach and influence for the Guardian, we’ll be shedding light on the issues affecting this crucial region and adding a northern perspective to national and global conversations.”
Added Helen: “It’s fantastic to welcome Josh, Frances and Nazia to the Guardian’s North of England team – they’re all outstanding journalists with strong connections to the north, and they will bring significant knowledge and expertise to our expanding coverage of the region.”
All five journalists will start their new roles in January.