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Journalist bounces back from redundancy with national newspaper job

Jonny DillonA regional daily journalist made redundant in cutbacks last year has bounced back with a job at a national newspaper.

Jonny Dillon, who left the Lancashire Telegraph after five years at the newspaper, has begun a new full-time role as a production journalist on the Daily Mirror’s website.

The 37-year-old, pictured left with 10-month-old daughter Moya, started his career at the Rochdale Observer in 2000, before moving on to reporting and sub-editing roles at the Accrington Observer.

He then had a spell as deputy editor of the Rossendale Free Press, before taking up the role of assistant news editor at the Telegraph in 2009.

Jonny spent two years as news editor of its Burnley edition and was also in charge of the Telegraph’s business content. He was one of seven staff made redundant at the Telegraph in November.

Having worked causal shifts at Mirror Online since Boxing Day, he began a full-time role on Monday, based at Chadderton, near Oldham.

Said Jonny: “It feels great being back in full time employment after the shock of losing my job with a young family to support.

“I’ve been in local and regional journalism for the past 15 years as a reporter, assistant news editor, sub editor and deputy editor.

“Working for a national is something I have always wanted to do but I never thought it would happen quite like this. But it’s true what they say, as one door closes another one opens and it’s great to feel wanted again and work with such a talented group of people.

“I am excited to be joining the award winning digital team at Mirroronline and being at forefront of delivering news to its ever growing web audience.”

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  • April 15, 2015 at 7:03 am
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    Proof that no matter how nice or good you are, newspapers don’t care about you. Regards, Dave.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 8:23 am
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    Nice comeback story and Moya looks a little sweetie…

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  • April 15, 2015 at 8:49 am
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    He had got a national website job, not a national paper job, churning out reddit, youtube vids, celebs twitter and instagram feeds. mailonline rehashes, I give him 2-3 months before jacking it in.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 9:13 am
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    What person is real-life speech actually says the following sentence: ““I am excited to be joining the award winning digital team at Mirroronline and being at forefront of delivering news to its ever growing web audience.”

    ?!!

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  • April 15, 2015 at 9:24 am
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    @John Swift – do you know what Jonny’s role will entail? Please have a look at yourself – you sound very bitter and cynical.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 9:59 am
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    Now there’s a blast from the past. Well done Jonny. Good on you!

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  • April 15, 2015 at 10:05 am
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    Well done! At last, a genuine reason to feel excited after all the insincere pronouncement from suits on HTFP

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  • April 15, 2015 at 10:12 am
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    Just a quick comment for all the pedantics out there…something flipped on my laptop and the next thing I knew my comment had appeared on HTFP before I had time to put an s on pronouncement and place a full stop after HTFP.
    So, for the subs that remain, it’s not always the reporter’s fault when literals occur.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 10:31 am
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    Well done Jon – and ignore the bitter brigade!

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  • April 15, 2015 at 11:41 am
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    I’m delighted for him but is it not a little sad that we live in an era when “Journalist finds job” is a news story?

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  • April 15, 2015 at 11:55 am
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    Surely this is a case to to be pleased for a fellow scribe, not trying to kick him in the nuts just because you don’t like online.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm
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    John Swift. Maybe he does not have the luxury of quitting the Mirror. He is holding a baby! I was a JP cost cut victim but I am not bitter.Life is too short. Good luck to him.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 1:02 pm
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    Stuart: You are spot on, so much bitterness on this web site from people. Cheer up, give the lad credit for getting a job!

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  • April 15, 2015 at 6:47 pm
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    Good news and good luck to him. There’s far too much negativity surrounding older people in the workplace. Not that he is that old particularly. But the doom-mongers will have you believe that anyone approaching 40 is doomed.
    He obviously got the job on merit and I hope he has a worthwhile and happy career.

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  • April 17, 2015 at 10:58 am
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    In my 60s and a JP cost cut victim, I have applied for several jobs. not even received the courtesy of a reply. I hope newspapers treat readers with better manners. Good luck to this guy.

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