A chief reporter who edited a weekly newspaper prior to its closure in October is set to leave the industry for a new role in public relations.
Ben Falconer, left, edited Stroud Life for more than three years until the title was shut by Trinity Mirror last year, and has worked as chief reporter on the company’s Gloucestershire Live website since then.
However, he will leave his current role at the end of next week, after almost 20 years in the industry, to become corporate communications manager at Stroud District Council.
HTFP reported yesterday how Gloucestershire Live editor Jenny Eastwood’s job is understood to have been put at risk as a result of wider cutbacks at Trinity Mirror newsrooms in South-West England, the Midlands and Liverpool, but Ben’s departure is unrelated to this restructure and he is leaving of his own accord.
In 2006 he was made an honorary midwife by the people of Stroud for campaigning journalism in helping to save the town’s maternity unit.
He took on the editorship of Stroud Life in June 2014.
Ben told HTFP: “It’s been an enormous privilege to report on the county I love for almost 20 years and I am looking forward to a fresh challenge.”