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Jobs created as new launches take on established rivals

Sarah GarnerJournalism roles have been created after a hyperlocal news network announced the launch of two new titles.

Nub News is launching in both Stoke-on-Trent and Leamington Spa, creating two jobs in the process.

The new Warwickshire job is being advertised on HTFP here, while the Stoke-on-Trent site, whose planned launch was revealed last year, will be looked after by Sarah Garner, pictured.

In Stoke-on-Trent, Nub News will compete with Reach plc daily The Sentinel, while in Leamington Spa it is up against National World’s Leamington Courier and Bullivant Media’s Leamington Observer.

Stoke-born Sarah, who studied for National Council for the Training of Journalists’ qualifications at News Associates, has previous reporting experience with BBC Radio Stoke.

Nub News was launched in 2019 by businessman Karl Hancock and has since expanded to cover more than 50 towns across the United Kingdom.

The group currently employs more than 20 regional editors around the country.

Nub News chief executive Karl Hancock told HTFP: “Nub News has spent the last year consolidating given the tech migration we did. Now we are set for growth again.

“We have moved into new national HQ office in Crewe which we have bought. We have also expanded the management infrastructure and sales force too.

“We now have technology resources, a sales director and a finance director. We have also grown the sales team to six, all of which will be based in Crewe.

“All a time when the incumbents are struggling to grow revenues and face additional cost pressures.

“We will continue to deliver local news to our towns and not deviate to national red-top like stories just for the sake of clicks.”

Other areas of Warwickshire covered by the network include Atherstone, Bedworth, and Kenilworth.

James Smith, Nub News regional editor for Warwickshire, announced the expansion in his area in a piece on the Kenilworth Nub News site.

James wrote: “Nub News is looking for a journalist to come on board to help expand its coverage in south Warwickshire.

“Since launching Kenilworth Nub News in August 2020, the title has continued to grow and now has a very strong following of local readers.

“Having now started a sister title in Warwick, we are looking for another writer to come on board to help provide coverage across the district.

“Nub News is an innovative media platform that gives its journalists the power to write their own stories and build their own audiences, on a patch where they live and work.

“We’re revolutionising local news and now have sites in more than 50 towns nationwide.”