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.”