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Editor pledges commitment to region after decamping from traditional home

A daily newspaper has vowed to continue its commitment to covering a region where its newsroom decamped to last week.

HTFP reported last week how Glasgow-based daily The Herald had launched its series of articles entitled ‘The New Highlands Clearances, with the newspaper’s staff travelling more than 100 miles north to Fort William for the series.

It was the first time in the paper’s 240-year history that it has been put together outside of Glasgow.

Now, in a column confirming The Herald’s coverage of the Highlands and Islands will continue, editor Catherine Salmond has said the move is “only just the start”.

Catherine Salmond 2023

Catherine, pictured, wrote: “The series has told their stories and expressed their fears and frustrations, but it has also celebrated and offered solutions.

“Most crucially, it has got people talking, including our decision makers in Holyrood who must now be put under more pressure to provide answers and offer reassurance to the people of the Highlands and Islands that issues of real concern – such as transport, infrastructure, education and health – hold no Central Belt bias.

“This is why I say this is just the start. Today, our series draws to a close, but our commitment to covering the Highlands and Islands does not. We are dedicated to being a voice for its communities and to steering the conversations that need to happen.

“Our commitment was shown this week when my team and I made the historic decision to edit and produce The Herald outwith Glasgow for the first time in the title’s 240-year history.

“Along with our deputy editor, Garry Scott, we headed to Fort William and based ourselves at the Highland Cinema where we were overwhelmed by the number of people who came to talk to us – to tell us their stories and ask us to share them.”