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Daily unveils new political editor amid publisher’s journalism jobs drive

Andy PhilipA regional daily has unveiled a new political editor as part of its publisher’s drive to create up to 20 new journalism jobs.

Andy Philip has been appointed to the role at Aberdeen daily The Press & Journal following the launch of DC Thomson’s Apollo transformation programme, which aims give readers “a level and quality of content not seen before” in the industry.

Andy, pictured, joins The Press & Journal from the Daily Record, where he served as live politics editor.

He previously worked for the P&J as a reporter 13 years ago before going on to roles with PA and the Glasgow-based Record.

Andy, pictured, said: “There’s so much scope to cover the big stories in new ways at DC Thomson Media which can only be good for journalism and the communities these papers serve.

“It’s a great time to be joining an excellent team with a fresh outlook.

“I can’t wait to get stuck into the job as political editor at the P&J – a paper I’m delighted to be returning to.”

Andy’s appointment follows that of new group head of politics David Mac Dougall, who has joined DC Thomson from News Now in Finland.

Frank O’Donnell, editor-in-chief of the P&J, said: “To attract a journalist of Andy’s calibre shows how serious we are in transforming our newsrooms digitally and finding the best people to take us forward.

“We have freed our politics team from the rhythms of print and already this has resulted in more ambitious and eye-catching content that is driving new subscribers.

“Andy’s appointment will only add this to this process and I am personally delighted that he will be part of the growing team.”

The Apollo programme will see DC Thomson create specialist mini publishing teams covering specific topics in what bosses are calling a “dynamic way forward” for the business, while existing staff are already being moved into different roles.

Journalists will put increased emphasis on the use of video, live broadcasting, programme making, audio producing, animation, interactive graphics and live events to tell stories.

Some of the new roles are now being advertised on HTFP via the links below.

Live News Team Leader, Aberdeen

Head of Business, Press and Journal, Aberdeen

Group Picture Editor, Dundee

Data Content Specialist, Aberdeen or Dundee

Head of Comment, Aberdeen

Transport & Environment Team Leader, Aberdeen