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Ex-editor and former colleague take up new training roles

Jenny EastwoodA former editor has taken up a new role with a university alongside one of her ex-colleagues.

Jenny Eastwood, who edited Gloucester daily The Citizen, has been appointed head of the University of Gloucestershire’s communications, PR and the media MA course.

Gloucestershire Live head of content Sophie Flowers will be starting work alongside her as a lecturer on the university’s dual-accredited BA journalism course.

Jenny, pictured, was made redundant in cuts by Trinity Mirror in 2018, having been made digital editor of Gloucestershire Live the previous year. She has run media consultancy Eastwood Digital since then.

Jenny, who will also teach a PR module on the BA course, said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at the University of Gloucestershire as a senior lecturer and academic course leader.

“The School of Media and the PR and Communications MA have a fantastic reputation and I am looking forward to helping shape its future direction and encourage the next generation of industry professionals.”

Sophie added: “I’m excited to be joining the University of Gloucestershire as a lecturer on its excellent journalism degree.

“I hope that bringing my years of newsroom experience into the classroom will give journalism students a real insight into today’s industry.

“Training and mentoring reporters has been a challenge and a privilege throughout my career.

“Today’s students will have to be prepared for an ever-changing journalism industry while maintaining the highest standards – the training of journalists has never been more important.”