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Weeklies’ group editor steps up to take charge at hometown daily

Nancy FielderThe acting group editor of a series of weekly newspapers has been appointed to run her hometown daily on a permanent basis.

Nancy Fielder, pictured left, has been announced as the new editor of The Star, Sheffield, after a reshuffle at Johnston Press which saw the newspaper’s previous editor James Mitchinson move to the same role at the Yorkshire Post.

Sheffield-born Nancy has served as acting group editor for JP’s North Midlands newspapers – which includes titles such as the Derbyshire Times, Mansfield Chad, Worksop Guardian and Buxton Advertiser – since May 2015.

She previously worked at The Star between 2007 and 2013, before becoming deputy editor of the Derbyshire Times.

She told HTFP: “I am really excited to be going back to Sheffield. It is the city where I was born and raised, and is a special place for me and my family.

“I know from my own experience at The Star that there are some very talented journalists and I am really looking forward to working with them to produce a news agenda that truly represents the city.

“I can’t wait to get started, but am genuinely sad to be leaving such an innovative team in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.┬áThere are some fantastic reporters and managers who really pull together as a team to produce great newspapers and websites.”

Nancy began her career at the Newbury Weekly News, followed by a number of roles at Shropshire Star, then the Express & Star in Walsall and Wolverhampton.

While in her previous spell at The Star, she held a number of positions including a digital group secondment.

She took on her present role last year after Graeme Huston moved to become JP’s editorial director for Northern Ireland.

Nancy will report to James in his capacity as regional editorial director and will start in Sheffield on 11 April.

Her appointment to the editorship of The Star was revealed on Twitter by JP chief executive Ashley Highfield, who posted: “Excellent news as Jeremy (Clifford) announces Nancy Fielder appointed editor of The┬áStar from Monday 11 April. Huge congrats!”


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  • April 1, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Well done Nancy. Remember our times sitting next to each at the Newbury Weekly News writing parish council stories all those years ago.

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  • April 1, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Congratulations Nancy. Best wishes from the Black Country – I’m sure you’ll be a great success.

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