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Daily deputy editor and group data chief bow out amid publisher’s cutbacks

Georgina Morris 2023A regional daily deputy editor and its publisher’s data and investigations chief have become the latest senior journalists to leave the group amid an ongoing programme of cutbacks.

Georgina Morris is leaving the Yorkshire Evening Post after 16 years, where she was previously assistant head of news before taking up the deputy editor role last year.

Also bowing out are Claire Wilde, group data and investigations editor at YEP publisher National World, her colleague on the data unit, reporter Aimee Stanton, and political and investigations writer Ethan Shone.

Their departures follow a similar announcement earlier this week by their colleague Harriet Clugston, who had served as data and investigations editor at the publisher’s national news title NationalWorld.

Georgina’s move comes amid an ongoing series of cuts to its regional dailies’ newsdesks.

Edinburgh Evening News deputy editor Ginny Sanderson revealed her departure from the business last month following the restructure, while sports editor Phil Johnson confirmed this week that he too had been made redundant.

Georgina, pictured, posted on Twitter: “I owe so much to the team who were at the Dewsbury Reporter when I started out as a trainee and to all those who have helped me along the way since.

“Not everyone is lucky enough to do a job that they love, so I count myself as very fortunate to have had that opportunity.

“I’ll be taking a break over the summer to have a think about what I’d like to do next, so this is me signing off for now with a big thank you to all my fellow journos and the fantastic National Union of Journalists for everything.”

Claire WildeClaire, right, wrote on Thursday: “It’s time for the ol’ Personal News tweet. I’ve made the tough decision to leave National World after a fantastic five years. Being group data and investigations editor really was the dream job but it’s time for something new.

“I will miss my colleagues tremendously, first and foremost my data buddies Harriet Clugston and Aimee Stanton, but also many others. I’m on the lookout for new opportunities, so get in touch if you need a data journalist.”

Aimee wrote: “I have decided to take voluntary redundancy and leave NationalWorld.

“I am insanely proud of everything our team has achieved over the past few years and I will miss everyone so much, especially the data unit and my wonderful editors and friends Claire Wilde and Harriet Clugston – they really are the best in the biz. We always punched above our weight and the results speak for themselves.

“I’m not sure what the future holds for me at this point but I’m very optimistic. I’ll be on garden leave until mid-September.”

Ethan added: ” I’m one of the many leaving National World. I’ve worked with some really talented people and done lots of work I’m really proud of but it’s time for a change!”

HTFP has approached National World for a comment on the latest departures.