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Editor shares joy at leading hometown daily on its 170th anniversary

An editor has shared her pride at being in charge of her hometown daily as the newspaper marked 170 years in business.

The Shields Gazette celebrated the milestone last week, with the paper running a series of articles looking back on its history.

They included historic front pages over the last 170 years, as well as a look back on campaigns it has run and messages of support from notable figures on its patch.

Editor Joy Yates, pictured, also wrote an editorial sharing how the paper has impacted on her life.

Joy Yates

She wrote: “The Shields Gazette was a permanent fixture in my family home when I was growing up. Being born and bred in South Shields, it was a really big deal to be featured in ‘the paper’ in school, youth club and dance group pictures.

“My mum and dad were therefore really proud when my first full-time job as a journalist was at the Gazette, and it has now been a huge part of my life for 30 years.

“From my first day in the newsroom, it became an ambition to one day be the editor of my hometown paper. That dream was realised in 2013, and I still edit the Gazette today, along with the Sunderland Echo and Hartlepool Mail.

“I am fortunate to have a fantastic team who work tirelessly to bring our audience unrivalled news, sport, human interest and entertainment coverage of South Tyneside.

“We are very proud of our breaking news content on our website and through our social channels, and coupled with our newspaper readership we have an ever-increasing audience.

Added Jpy: “I have met some amazing, inspirational readers, community champions and business leaders over the years, who are extremely passionate about South Tyneside.”

“I am proud and feel privileged to be the editor of the Gazette – and I am grateful to the Gazette team, our loyal readers and advertisers for their continuing support. I look forward to continue being part of our amazing Gazette family.”

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  • March 5, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Never before have I read of a 170th anniversary being celebrated, although a proud achievement I agree. Traditionally, we celebrate every 25th anniversary and one would have expected the full fanfare in five years’ time for the Gazette – but it has been done too early now for that major milestone. Perhaps Joy celebrated early because there is unlikely to be a print edition in five years’ time due to the plunging circulation figures which threaten many titles.

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