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Award-winning data journalist becomes latest casualty of publisher’s cuts

Harriet Clugston 1An award-winning investigative journalist has become the latest high-profile departure following a regional publisher’s redundancy drive.

Harriet Clugston has announced her departure from National World, where she has most recently served as data and investigations editor at its national news title NationalWorld.

Her departure comes after National World announced the launch of a fresh voluntary redundancy scheme for its journalists, just days after completing a separate round of cuts affecting more than 50 journalists.

During her time with the publisher and its forerunners, Harriet won the Investigative Journalism prize at the Royal Statistical Society’s Statistical Excellence in Journalism Awards and also served as the group-wide acting data and investigations editor for JPIMedia.

A recent restructure at NationalWorld prompted politics editor Tom Hourigan to quit his post just weeks into the job, citing a change in editorial direction” for his decision, while the website’s launch editor Nick Mitchell has moved to a new group-wide role as head of audience.

The publisher’s cities editor-in-chief Nancy Fielder subsequently added NationalWorld to her portfolio, although the National Union of Journalists has claimed group executive chairman David Montgomery has appointed himself as the “de facto editor” of the site.

Tom has now been replaced by Ralph Blackburn, who formerly served as the title’s head of news prior to that role being made redundant.

Other high-profile departures following National World’s recent cuts have included Edinburgh Evening News deputy editor Ginny Sanderson and sports editor Phil Johnson.

Posting on Twitter about her departure, Harriet wrote: “After nearly three years I’ve now left NationalWorld. We’ve had some difficult weeks but remain so proud of everything our fantastic team achieved.

“There’s so many colleagues I’ll miss but special thank you to my amazing data pals [group data and investigations editor] Claire Wilde and [journalist] Aimee Stanton, and our former editor Nick Mitchell who was always such a brilliant supporter and champion of our data and investigations work.

“Excited now to see what’s next, and wish the best of luck to all my colleagues.”

HTFP has approached National World for a comment.