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Jobs created as hyperlocal network expands onto daily’s patch

Mike Sassi (2)A hyperlocal news network is set to go head to head with a regional daily amid a nationwide recruitment drive.

Nub News has announced it is seeking journalists in Stoke-on-Trent to add to its existing team of 25 editorial staff around the country.

In addition, the network has revealed plans to launch websites covering towns including Stockport, Wilmslow and Alderley Edge.

Journalists are also being sought by Nub News in unspecified areas of South-West London, where the group operates six sites, and Essex, where it runs three titles. All of the jobs are being advertised on HTFP.

Stoke-on-Trent is currently served by Reach plc-owned daily The Sentinel, which between 2005 and 2013 was edited by Nub News editorial director Mike Sassi, pictured.

The hyperlocal network, launched in 2019, operates 50 sites in all and already covers the nearby towns of Crewe, Alsager, Biddulph, Leek, Congleton, Sandbach and Macclesfield.

But a move into the city of Stoke-on-Trent itself would represent a departure from the group’s previous focus on launching in towns with populations of between 5,000 and 100,000.

Six separate towns – Burslem, Tunstall, Stoke-upon-Trent, Hanley, Fenton and Longton – amalgamated to form the federation of Stoke-on-Trent in 1910.

HTFP has approached Nub News to ask whether it intends to set up separate websites to cover each of the towns or a single title for the city, as well as an estimated number of journalists it is hoping to recruit through the drive.

However Nub News has not yet responded to requests for further detail on the plans.