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JP editorial chief leaves weeklies role for new development position

Colin Hume 1A senior editorial chief at a regional publisher is leaving his role to take up a new development post within the company.

Colin Hume, editorial director of Johnston Press’ Scottish weekly titles, is set to take up a position which will see him “expand the learning and development of journalists across the company’s portfolio.”

Colin, pictured, has spent all his career with Johnston Press, beginning at the East Fife Mail in 1987 before serving in various capacities at the Fife Free Press and Arbroath Herald.

He was appointed editor of the Falkirk Herald in 2001 and in recent years has continued his association with that title as editor-in-chief, a position he will also relinquish to concentrate on his new role.

Said Colin: “Having spent 30 years at the coal face, I felt the time was right to take up this new challenge.

“Learning and development has never been so important as it is now with the need to ensure all our journalists are properly equipped for the ever-changing digital world we now live in.”

Colin will take up his new role with effect from New Year’s Day 2019.

He will be replaced by a group weeklies editor, and internal applicants for this new position are currently being sought.

Johnston Press editor-in-chief Jeremy Clifford said: “Colin has passionately led the Scottish weekly titles and led by example. The Falkirk Herald is one of our leading weekly titles in JP and that is down to his superb leadership qualities.

“Colin is an excellent trainer and mentor as well. This new phase in his career will help us to be industry-leading in our learning and development, helping journalists to succeed in digital and print in what is a fast evolving industry, requiring continuous development of our skills.”

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  • November 2, 2018 at 3:26 pm
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    Sounds more like another ‘managers’ job within JP, adding to the wage bill as frontline staff numbers reduce with added workloads.

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  • November 2, 2018 at 3:57 pm
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    If he has “superb leadership qualities” then why can’t others in JP also have them and put them to good use.

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  • November 2, 2018 at 4:03 pm
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    great. we can all look forward to a huge improvement in the quality of writing and journalism. Have not seen a decent exclusive in my local JP rag for years.

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