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Editor of 22 weeklies retires after almost half a century in journalism

Martin ClarkAn editor in charge of 22 weekly newspapers has retired after almost 47 years in journalism.

Martin Clark, who is editor of JPIMedia’s small Scottish weeklies, has said farewell to the industry after what he called an “incredible career.”

Martin, pictured, has edited a number of local press titles spanning the length and breadth of Scotland since 2001.

He has held his most recent role for the past two-and-a-half years, with his patch stretching from Fraserburgh in the north to Galloway in the south and Carrick on the west coast through to Midlothian in the east.

Martin said: “I’ve had an incredible career in newspapers and I’ve worked with some amazing people during that time.

“But it is the thousands of people I have met covering stories along the way that has made the journey so memorable.

“The best part of the job was meeting people from so many different backgrounds and covering their wide and varied stories – many of whom have become friends.”

Martin began his career aged 17 with a summer job as a copy boy on sister dailies the Glasgow Evening Times and Glasgow Herald.

He initially planned to stay for three months to earn money before becoming a student, but he eventually spent 18 months with the titles.

Martin moved after being offered a trainee journalist position at the Rutherglen Reformer, but three months later transferred to the Wishaw Press.

He worked at the Press for 26 years starting as a local community reporter and eventually becoming deputy editor.

Martin was also the paper’s sports editor for 10 years, covering Motherwell FC’s 1991 Scottish FA Cup win and the rise of young local snooker player John Higgins to his first World Championship in 1998.

He became deputy editor in 2000, but a year later moved to edit The Lanarkshire People and help reshape it into The Lanarkshire Extra as part of a major overhaul within Archant.

In 2007 Archant’s Scottish titles were taken over by Johnston Press, and Martin later took over as editor at Motherwell Times and Bellshill Speaker.

Over the years the titles he looked after grew to include the Cumbernauld News & Kilsyth Chronicle, and he was appointed deputy editor at the Falkirk Herald and Linlithgow Gazette splitting his week between Cumbernauld and Grangemouth offices.

Martin added: “I’ve had a fantastic career but now it’s family time. My wife and I hope to be able to get away more and see different parts of Scotland that we’ve never visited before.

“And I’m sure she’ll have already started a list of jobs for me to do around the house.”


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  • March 18, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    How on earth do you edit 22 newspapers? Is Martin Superman?

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  • March 18, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    I once “edited” 20 local newspapers. The actual editing was done by a team of very able depute editors. I spent my time on personnel issues, problems with buildings (all over the country) and readers’ complaints. It was a thankless task – never became involved in stories, let alone read and subbed copy. The position came about as a result of cost-cutting. I never knew 90% of the staff let alone the coverage areas. The first time I was summoned to the board room was to discuss a director’s concern about over kerning on one of the many front page splashes.

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  • March 18, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Congratulations Martin. You inspired many in the Motherwell area to enter the newspaper world. Hope you enjoy your retirement.

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  • March 18, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Good luck to him. He deserves a good retirement. But I doubt he actually physically edited 22 papers, except in title only.

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  • March 18, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Sorry but one person cannot edit 22 papers, they can oversee them but they cannot truly edit them.

    A long time in the industry nevertheless so I wish Martin a very long and happy retirement

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