Archant appoints new editor to lead titles in South West

Paul Jones

Archant has confirmed the appointment of a new Group Editor to head up its South-West portfolio.

Paul Jones will join the publisher at the end of November to oversee the Weston Mercury and North Somerset Times in Somerset and the Sidmouth Herald, Midweek Herald and Exmouth Journal in Devon.

Paul joins from Newsquest, where he edited multiple titles including the Somerset County Gazette. He held the position since February 2016.

Before his current post Paul was news and production editor at the Taunton-based County Gazette.

Michael Adkins, Archant Senior Group Editor, said: “We’re delighted to have Paul on board. His strong digital experience alongside his passion for newspapers makes him the perfect fit for Archant where building loyal, engaged digital audiences and making our newspapers the best they can be are equally valued”.

“Paul has impressed during his time with Newsquest in Somerset and will make the transition with plenty of local knowledge, contacts and ideas.”

“I’m looking forward to working with Paul in the future and seeing him make his mark in the South-West.”

Father-of-two Paul said: “I’m delighted to be joining Archant at what is such an exciting time, not only for the Somerset and Devon titles, but for our industry as a whole.”

“It’s particularly exciting for me to be able to continue my career here in the South-West, showcasing the best of a region with so many amazing stories to tell and that I am so passionate about representing”.

In recent weeks former Sidmouth Herald reporter Philippa Davies has rejoined Archant after a brief spell covering Sidmouth for Nub News.

Trainee reporter Adam Manning has also been recruited.

Archant is currently recruiting for a number of content vacancies — many advertised on this website.

Michael Adkins added: “We’re keen to hear from potential employees who are passionate about journalism and have the talent to join our teams of dedicated reporters and editors in various roles across the country”.

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