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More than 50 jobs created in publisher’s regional expansion drive

Graeme Brown 1More than 50 journalism jobs have been created in a publisher’s recruitment drive across its regional titles.

Reach plc is taking on scores of new journalists in an expansion of its operations across England and Wales.

A total of 18 new roles are being created in Wales, 11 in the West Midlands, 10 in Merseyside, eight in Yorkshire and at least a dozen in the North-East of England.

It comes after Reach recently revealed plans to take on 76 new sports journalists across the country as well as 23 at its MyLondon website.

The further recruitment drive has been announced by different regional editorial bosses in threads on Twitter.

The 18 jobs on offer at Wales Online includes trainee reporters, a Welsh identity writer, court reporters, content editors and a photographer.

Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Live editor Graeme Brown, pictured, revealed his titles are seeking a content editor, two nostalgia writers, a video specialist, TV and showbiz writer, money writer, property writer and an engagement producer.

In addition, it is recruting four journalists – an agenda editor, two news reporters and a life writer – to focus on the Black Country.

At Newcastle daily The Chronicle and its Chronicle Live sister site, a night editor, content editor, court reporter, health correspondent, parenting writer, traffic and travel correspondent, breaking news reporter, city centre reporter, tourism writer and consumer writers are being sought.

Reach’s North-East audience and content director Helen Dalby also¬†said Teesside Live is hiring a breaking news editor and court reporter.

Liverpool Echo editor Maria Breslin announced she is looking for a content editor, photographer, senior reporter, regeneration reporter, trainee investigations reporter, retro journalist, general weekend reporter trainee engagement producer and a video journalist.

In addition, another reporter is being recruited to cover St Helens.

Jenna Thompson, senior editor for Reach in Yorkshire and the Humber, revealed more jobs on offer across her region – including night editor and traffic and travel correspondent at Yorkshire Live, court reporter at Leeds Live and a reporter to cover Sheffield and Barnsley.

Breaking news editor and social media writer roles are also up for grabs at Hull Live and Grimsby Live.

A Reach spokesperson said: “A number of our sites and teams are growing this summer, as we continue to invest in our online journalism, expanding our reach and implementing our Customer Value Strategy.”