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Editor quits newspaper after 10 months to become journalism trainer

Roxanne SorooshianAn editor has left her newspaper after 10 months to take up a new journalism training role.

Roxanne Sorooshian has announced her departure from the Glasgow-based Sunday National, which she has edited since January after stepping up from the deputy editor role.

Roxanne, pictured, will leave the pro-Scottish independence paper, which is run by Newsquest, for a full-time lecturing post at City of Glasgow College.

She announced her departure in an editorial on Sunday.  Newsquest has yet to appoint Roxanne’s successor.

Roxanne, who began her career in 1992 as a trainee with DC Thomson in Dundee, wrote: “It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 30 years since I started that journalistic voyage in the City of Discovery. There have been stormy waters amid the calm… and the industry landscape and horizons have changed dramatically.

“I don’t quite stretch back to hot metal despite what you might believe. Nevertheless, technological developments have been dramatic.

“And while this has meant the stripping out of some editorial processes and the loss of many roles, it has also meant an evolution of new disciplines that acknowledge the digital possibilities at our fingertips that make news gathering and dissemination on multimedia platforms more exciting than ever before.

“And no matter the changes, we should never forget how much fun it is.

“It’s understandable that colleagues of my vintage tend to lament the passing of the ‘good old days’. But please, let’s try to be a bit more positive.

“Let’s not taint an exciting future for the next generation of young journalists by mourning a past that should remain there.”

She added: “Good journalism will always be good journalism, no matter the tools of our trade. So it is with a heavy heart that I hang up those tools.

“It’s a role I have enjoyed immensely, and it will be hard to say goodbye to such a wonderful team.

“I leave to take up a full-time lecturing post at City of Glasgow College, so in a different way I hope to play a part in shaping the industry’s future by passing on my experience to a new generation of media professionals.

“Journalism has been good to me and I’m grateful for this. Now it’s time to give something back.”

Newsquest Scotland editor-in-chief Callum Baird told HTFP: “Roxanne will be a huge loss to The National team – she’s been a top class editor of the Sunday National over the last couple of years, driving strong print performance year on year and has been responsible for lots of memorable creative front pages.

“Before that she was huge part of the daily newspaper operation as deputy editor.

“During her time with our company, she played a key role in three newspaper launches – the Sunday Herald, The National and the Sunday National – and I can say that all three papers wouldn’t have been the same without her.

“After 28 years with Herald and Times, she’s decided to commit to a new challenge full-time and we wish her all the best.”