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Head of content steps up to become regional daily’s editor

Laura CollinsA regional daily’s head of content has taken over as its editor following her predecessor’s departure.

Laura Collins, pictured, has announced she has been appointed to the editorship of the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Laura’s appointment comes after Hannah Thaxter, who had edited the Leeds-based daily since February 2017, revealed in July she would be leaving her role for personal reasons.

Laura announced her new position in a post on Twitter, in which she also revealed the YEP would be running a special edition tomorrow marking 100 years since the founding of Leeds United Football Club.

She wrote: “I’m delighted to announce I’ve been appointed as the new editor for [the YEP].

“To celebrate here is a sneaky peek of something special.”

Laura has served as head of content for Post owner JPIMedia since September 2018.

The role has seen work for the YEP, as well as its sister titles the Yorkshire Post, Sheffield daily The Star and other weekly newspapers across Yorkshire.

HTFP has approached both Laura and JPIMedia for a comment.

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  • October 16, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Covering job moves at HTFP must be like covering the White House staff list for the New York Times.

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  • October 17, 2019 at 1:27 pm
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    The best of luck to Laura. Not sure what she can do to combat the astronomic drop in circulation. It doesn’t help that the YEP is on the shelves at the same time as the Yorkshire Post.

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  • October 17, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    With sales of 8951, I’m surprised JPI has appointed an editor. Good luck, you going to need it.

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  • October 17, 2019 at 3:54 pm
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    In today’s modern media environment Head of Content is,in reality,an Editor and with an Editor on a par with a Chief Sub I’m sure more groups will make similar appointments over the coming months.
    It’s also a way of cutting positions and saving costs
    ….though I’m sure that’s not the case here.

    Good luck!

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