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City title’s launch editor leaves publisher after 16 years

Jenny SimpsonThe launch editor of a city news website has left her role after 16 years with a regional publisher.

Jenny Simpson has said farewell to Manchester World, the launch of which she oversaw in the summer of 2021.

Jenny, pictured, had been with Manchester World publisher National World and its forerunners since 2007, having started her journalism career two years prior to that.

She has moved to take up a new content manager role with the Stroke Association and National World says it is currently recruiting her replacement.

Manchester World was among a series of launches by National World forerunner JPIMedia away from its traditional heartlands as part of an expansion of its coverage of the country’s “major metropolitan centres”.

Jenny’s promotion to its editorship from her previous role as content and news editor at the Lancashire Post and Blackpool Gazette came after she became one of just two regional journalists to take part in a pioneering University of Central Lancashire course for “digital leaders and innovators” in 2021.

Speaking to HTFP, Jenny said: “It was a fantastic experience to launch a new news and sport site for Manchester and to watch Manchester World grow its audience over the last couple of years.

“I’m really proud of what the team has achieved so far and wish them all the best for the future.

“I’ve been involved in the charity sector previously as a volunteer project manager and I’m delighted to be taking on this new role at the Stroke Association.”

Jenny began her regional press career in 2005 on Aberdeen’s Press & Journal, working as a district reporter based in Forfar.

She moved to the Preston-based Post in 2007, initially serving as a senior reporter before being promoted to assistant news editor in 2013.

The following year, she was made deputy news editor and then became content editor in 2015.

Jenny has also worked as an examiner for the National Council for the Training of Journalists in addition to her day-to-day work.

She took up her new role at the end of May.