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Journalist departs amid ‘no real prospect’ of covering councils in person

Jez Hemming 1A local democracy reporter has decided to leave journalism after facing “no real prospect” of attending council meetings in person until next year.

Jez Hemming has left his role at the North Wales Daily Post to take up a new post with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Jez, pictured, covered Conwy and Denbighshire under the BBC-funded scheme but worked his last day on Thursday.

He cited restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic as among the factors for his departure.

Speaking to HTFP, Jez said: “Being an LDR has been a privilege and a real throwback to the days of old school journalism.

“Sadly Covid put the block on being able to get out there and mingle with councillors and public officials face to face.

“With no real prospect of getting into council meetings until at least after May’s local elections, I’ve decided it’s the right time to move on.

“An opportunity arose with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s comms team which ticked all the boxes for me and I’m really looking forward to starting work after a short break.

“Working at the Daily Post, both as a general reporter and LDR, has been the best experience in my working life and I wish both continued success.

“I’ve been a very lucky guy to have worked with so many talented people.”

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