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Publisher continues programme of reopening newspaper receptions

A bi-weekly newspaper has reopened its reception on a full-time basis after recruiting three new staff.

The Lynn News has made the move after appointing a new receptionist at the same time as taking on a new journalist.

Paige Freshwater, 20, has joined as a trainee reporter following her journalism course at Liverpool John Moores University, while the News has also announced the appointment of Simone Kybert, also 20, as a receptionist.

The King’s Lynn-based title was one of 13 in the East Midlands and East Anglia bought by Iliffe Media from Johnston Press in a £13m deal earlier this year.

From left: New Lynn News recruits Rebecca Baxter, Paige Freshwater and Simone Kybert

From left: New Lynn News recruits Rebecca Baxter, Paige Freshwater and Simone Kybert

Iliffe has since announced its intent to reopen a number of receptions at its newly acquired titles, with the Bury Free Press being the first to benefit.

Paige, who is originally from Grimsby but now lives in King’s Lynn, said of her appointment: “I’m looking forward to joining such a strong newspaper after studying journalism for three years.”

Simone said: “I have always worked in hospitality so I’m looking forward to trying something new. It’s great that Iliffe Media is investing in the town.”

The pair have also been joined at the News by new media sales adviser Rebecca Baxter, 30.

She said: “I have previously worked in dance as well as retail head office for quite some time in London. I’m excited to start a new career in media with such a growing company.”


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  • June 9, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Breath of fresh air to see a newspaper recruiting.

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  • June 9, 2017 at 11:00 am

    When did we stop employing ‘ad reps’ and replace them with ‘media sales advisors’?
    Part of the reason advertising sales revenues are at record lows and falling further is the lack of professional, experienced, business minded sales people in the industry, those who had real experience and great contacts and who actually sold the benefits to the customer rather than give it all away on the cheap just to hit a target.

    So yes it’s good to see recruiting as long as it’s of the highest calibre to produce sales,not just advising local businesses of what’s available, however with an industry managing decline and with weaker products to sell maybe it’s just not appealing to the truly talented sales people any longer.

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