An editor has left a weekly newspaper after 24 years of service for a new public relations role.
Mark Conway has said farewell to the Enniskillen-based Impartial Reporter to become communications and PR manager for glass manufacturer Encirc.
Mark, pictured, began his journalism career 24 years ago as a freelance football and Gelic sports reporter for the paper in 1999, joining its staff on a full-time basis in 2001 as a sports reporter.
He later served as sports editor, news editor and deputy editor before taking the top job in 2018.
Mark, who left the Newsquest-owned Reporter on 30 June, told the paper: “Journalism is probably more important now than ever.
“Journalism has changed in how the message gets out there [due to the internet], but the core values must stay the same.
“We reflect what’s going on in the community; the public trusts us to tell their stories, and we hold power to account.”
He added: I am delighted to be joining the team at Encirc – it is a highly-progressive local company with ambitious plans for the next few years, and I am looking forward to bringing my skills and experiences to the table.
“It will be a new challenge, which appeals to me, and I am very much looking forward to this new chapter.”
Callum Baird, editor-in-chief of Newsquest Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: “Mark has been an exceptional editor of the Impartial Reporter, and a worthy holder of a prestigious position which stretches back nearly 200 years.
“Mark delivered strong print sales and digital growth in his time as Editor. He has been a pleasure to work with and we wish him all the best as he takes on this new opportunity.
”We’re also really excited about getting to work with Rodney [Edwards] to implement his ambitious plans for the title when he takes over.”