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City news title seeks new climate editor after fresh funding found

Ben WrightA city news title is to continue its focus on climate change coverage after securing fresh funding.

Bristol 24/7 has confirmed it will continue to employ a dedicated climate and sustainability editor for at least the next six months, with the aim of the contract being extended to at least 12 months.

HTFP reported in November how B24/7 was looking for a new sponsor for the post, which was previously supported by a £5,000 grant from NatWest.

Now, the role’s future has been secured with a further £5,000 from The Extra Mile, a guide that aims to showcase alternatives to service stations for motorway users.

The position is currently being advertised on HTFP and can be found here. Valentina Hernández Gómez, who had previously held the role, is leaving the business.

B24/7 managing director Ben Wright, pictured, said: “We’ve done a lot of thinking about how we can make the biggest difference in addressing this huge and global challenge on a local level.

“We decided that keeping the climate and the environment at the forefront of city conversations and inspiring individuals, businesses and the government to take meaningful actions on a local level will be vital to hitting the challenging targets we’ve set as a city.

“As a local independent media organisation with a large and engaged audience, we feel we are in a great position to do this.

“With the support of our members and key partners and now with the additional funding we have received from The Extra Mile, we are delighted to now be able to recruit for the role that we believe can help make this happen.”