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New regional sports supremo appointed at Newsquest titles

Adam LordRegional publisher Newsquest has appointed a new regional sports editor working across several of its North West titles.

Adam Lord, pictured, takes up the newly-created role which will see him writing for The Bolton News, Lancashire Telegraph, Bury Times, The Oldham Times and The Messenger.

His appointment follows the departure of former head of sport Neil Bonnar, who worked at The Bolton News for 32 years.

Adam also replaces former Lancashire Telegraph sports editor Alex James has moved to , following his move to Lancs Live.

Newsquest has also appointed four more community reporters funded by the £6m community news partnership between Facebook, the NCTJ and local publishers.

Jessica Taylor has been appointed to the role for the News Shopper series, covering Lewisham.  She joins from the London Evening Standard where she was a digital reporter.

Elsewhere Sam Brooke has joined Brighton daily The Argus while Sophie Edwards will be working across Newsquest’s Wrexham and Flintshire titles, which indlude The Leader.

And Cumbria-born Rebecca Henrys has returned to her hometown patch to become communiyy reporter for the News & Star and Cumberland Star.

Other recent job moves in the regional press include the following:

* Glasgow-based daily The Herald (Glasgow) has appointed Marianne Taylor as its literary editor, in addition to her existing role as features writer and columnist. Sports writer Alison McConnell is leaving the paper to go freelance.

* Conor Matchett has joined JPIMedia as a digital journalist working across the i, The Scotsman and the Yorkshire Post. He previously worked across Archant titles the Eastern Daily Press, Lowestoft Journal and Thetford & Brandon Times as a reporter.

* Recently-launched Reach plc website MyLondon has appointed Owen Sheppard as a local democracy reporter. Owen has previously worked as a reporter at the London Evening Standard and the Southwark News.

* Paul Philbin has moved from the role of digital distribution editor at the Liverpool Echo to become its social media editor.  Meanwhile Daily Telegraph editorial graduate Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe has joined the Echo as a reporter on a three month secondment.

* News agency SWNS has appointed Joey McCarthy as a reporter covering Cambridge and the surrounding area.

* Ruth Mosalski has been promoted to the role of political editor at Wales Online, with senior reporter Will Hayward replacing her as social affairs correspondent.

* Southern Daily Echo local democracy reporter William Rimell has moved to the Salisbury Journal as head of news after Rebecca Hudson left to become group news editor at the Oxford Mail.

* Joe Cawthorn has joined the Edinburgh Evening News as digital editor. He was previously live and trending content reporter role at sister title The Yorkshire Post.

* Adam Everett has moved from the role of health reporter to crime reporter at the Warrington Guardian.

* Senior reporter Ciaran Shanks has been appointed court reporter at the Dundee Evening Telegraph. Ciaran has also previously worked as a senior reporter for the Irvine Times.

* Alex Cutler has been promoted to education reporter at the Dorset Echo, replacing Caroline Lewis.

On the move yourself?  Let us know at editor@htfp.co.uk or via @journalism_news on Twitter.

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  • April 10, 2019 at 11:21 am
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    The Argus comminity reporter is an 18 year old. How long before the poor sod finds himself struggling to do the job he was actually brought in for because he’s needed to cover a host of other stories and duties he’s not properly qualified to do because the paper is so short staffed?

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  • April 10, 2019 at 11:35 am
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    So true Papergirl, and let’s hope she can spell community

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  • April 10, 2019 at 1:28 pm
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    Ha ha! Oh dear. That’s me making myself look stupid! Basic point still stands though….

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  • April 11, 2019 at 9:31 am
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    regional sports supremo, eh? I can’t help but laugh.
    Newsquest papers used to have such fine sports coverage. Frankly I think it saved the papers when they started hiring kids to write the news and lost sales.
    Now it all has that “watered down” feel to it.
    And I don’t think the supremo will improve on that somehow, spread as he is like a thin layer of cut-price margarine across several titles. Good luck to him though.

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  • April 11, 2019 at 1:00 pm
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    A very small step in the right direction at least. I can’t understand why local papers neglect local sport these days. Thousands of participants – prospective readers and customers- at junior and grass roots level clubs up and down the country would love a bit of coverage in the local press. Sports pages some of the best read as well. Pity lazy ad reps have never managed to convince advertisers of this and reap the benefits.

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