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New deputy steps up at flagship daily amid more staff changes

The assistant editor of a Scottish daily newspaper and its Sunday stablemate has been promoted to the deputy editor’s role.

Donald Walker will be number two at The Scotsman after Kenny Farquarson to become columnist and senior writer on the Scottish edition of The Times.

It is the latest in a series of changes at the Johnston Press-owned flagship which have also seen Graham Bean promoted to the role of group head of sport.

The move follows the departure of sports editor Colin Leslie, with Paul Greaves becoming the new assistant sports editor.

Chief sports writer Stuart Bathgate and reporter Craig Brown have also left the newspaper to pursue freelance writing.

Other recent job moves in the regional press include:

  • Nick Mayo has left the role of digital news editor role at the Slough & Windsor Express and Maidenhead Advertiser to join the agency Strand News. His replacement in Slough is James Preston.
  • Lancashire Telegraph crime reporter Jessica Cree has left the daily newspaper in order to train as a teacher.
  • The Western Morning News has appointed David Munday as trainee sports journalist. He will also contribute to sister title the Plymouth Herald.
  • Sarah Taylor has left Newsquest-owned daily the Worcester News after four years.
  • Jennifer Morris has left her role as senior reporter at the Surrey Advertiser. She previously worked as a reporter at the Surrey Herald and News and as a trainee journalist at News Associates.
  • The Northern Echo’s Steph Clark has left her position as sports writer after five years.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I get the feeling that having wrecked every other aspect of its newspapers JP is now attacking one of its former strengths, which is (was) sport. Group sports eds, like group news editors, are a no-no in terms of quality control. Their role is to take free sent-in copy (some JP papers serving huge areas have NO sports staff) and usually just drop it into a pre-set shape on a page without editing. The result of this non-journalism can be seen every week all over the country. One report a friend saw actually had the writer saying :”The boys done well”. Hilarious if not so tragic.
    Reports submitted are so biased as to be laughable. JP has entered the New Age of Amateur Journalism with great enthusiasm. I wonder why?

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