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Editor role created as publisher teams up with independent title for new launch

Marissa MacWhirterA new editor role has been created after a regional publisher launched a city news title with the help of an independent publication.

Glasgow Times journalist Marissa MacWhirter has been promoted to the editorship of online newsletter the Glasgow Wrap, which has been launched by Newsquest.

Marissa, pictured, has taken on the role after two years working on Newsquest daily the Glasgow Times.

The Wrap has been launched on publishing platform Subststack with the help of former Guardian Michael MacLeod, who last year launched a similar project in the form of the Edinburgh Minute.

The Wrap pledges to “act as a curator of Glasgow’s essential news, keeping you up-to-date and informed so you can feel more connected to the city”.

In a launch editorial published last month, Marissa wrote: “Why do we know more about what’s happening down in London or across the pond than we do about what’s happening inside our own council?

“Alarm bells have been going off for years about the crisis in local news – newsrooms are shrinking, titles are closing, and clickbait is proliferating as big companies struggle to monetise regional papers.

“Social media platforms are overflowing with content (an image of a bin during the cleansing strikes springs to mind) and deprioritising news.

“So how do we stay in the loop with the day-to-day happenings in our city? Powerful local journalism is still out there, we just need to find it.

“Each morning I’ll be braving the onslaught of pop-ups, autoplay videos, clickbait and nonsense to bring you a summary of what you need to know for the day and where to click if you want to find out more.

“I’ve been working as a journalist in Glasgow for the last two years. Reporting for the Glasgow Times, I’ve had the honour of meeting incredible people doing amazing things across the city and I’ve been able to share important stories that impact our daily lives (both big and small).

“Local news has always been about strengthening our connections as a community, so you can help to make The Glasgow Wrap a publication that represents you – send in your events, campaigns, fundraisers or tips that you want me to share.”