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Publisher starts newsdesk cull as daily deputy editor axed after 10 months

Ginny SandersonA regional daily’s deputy editor has left her role after 10 months as part of a round of cutbacks by the newspaper’s publisher.

Ginny Sanderson has announced her role at the Edinburgh Evening News has been made redundant by National World and she is now looking for work as a result.

Her departure comes after it was last month revealed that five deputy editors and three audience editors who are responsible for running the newsdesks of National World’s eight city daily titles – including the EEN – were being placed at risk of redundancy.

The changes were part of a wider series of cuts across the group affecting more than 50 journalists.

Ginny, pictured, had been the Evening News’s deputy editor since September 2022 and previously served as engagement executive at its Edinburgh-based sister daily The Scotsman, a role she held for almost two years.

Posting on Twitter on Tuesday, she wrote: “Today was my last day at the Edinburgh Evening News. Sadly my role has been made redundant.

“I am so proud of what our team has achieved in the last 10 months, it’s been an honour to cover news in one of the best cities in the world.”

“If you’re looking for an experienced digital journalist and editor who is skilled in social media, SEO, newsletters & much more, here I am.”

Ginny told HTFP: “I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved over the past almost year at the Edinburgh Evening News.

“With my digital experience, I was able to guide the team to help the website grow significantly and put an effective social media strategy in place.

“We’ve covered everything from the Queen’s death and the ceremonies for her in Edinburgh, to the impact of the cost of living crisis on ordinary people and businesses in the city.

“I’m very sad to be leaving and I’m worried about the future of local journalism if it’s not given the investment it deserves.”

Ginny trained at Brighton Journalist Works in 2016 and then spent four years based in Eastbourne.

There, she worked on Sussex titles owned by National World forerunner Johnston Press before moving to Scotland in 2020.