Reach back in Buckinghamshire with launch of latest Live site

Publisher Reach has returned to Buckinghamshire with the latest launch on its Live network of regional and local news site.

BuckinghamshireLive has recruited a team of five journalists as part of the title’s launch.

The new site includes the biggest news stories, features and what’s on from across the county, including Milton Keynes, High Wycombe, Aylesbury.

The BuckinghamshireLive team, made up of a content editor and three multimedia journalists, is led by editor Lucy Thorne, who also runs Berkshire Live.

Award-winning journalist, Tom Burnett, has moved from the Sentinel and Stoke-on-TrentLive to take up the role as content editor.

A former live news reporter, Tom, from Leek in Staffordshire, is no stranger to covering the biggest breaking stories.

He was highly commended in three categories in the Midlands Student Media Awards 2016 and won in the ‘Emerging Talent’ category at the O2 North West Media Awards 2018.

Sophie Drew, who has spent the last few years studying journalism in Liverpool, joins the team as trainee multimedia reporter.

She grew up in Marlow and High Wycombe and is looking forward to covering the stories that matter most to her county and bringing a sense of flair and creativity to the site.

Shazad Hussain, completed his journalism training in the summer achieving the Gold standard. He is committed to sharing the stories of people that are often misrepresented and mis-portrayed, due to stereotypes, in the mainstream media.

He wants to represent and increase the voices of those from Muslim and South Asian communities as well as other minority communities.

Emily Craigie, completes the team. Her interest lies in politics and current affairs.

She is also passionate about arts and culture. Before joining BuckinghamshireLive Emily was studying for her NCTJ diploma at News Associates.

She also worked in communications for BBC News where she publicised programmes such as The Andrew Marr Show and Politics Live. Prior to this she worked in communications for Unicef UK and as a parliamentary researcher for an MP in the House of Commons.

Editor Lucy Thorne said: “BuckinghamshireLive is a talented team who are passionate about representing the area’s vibrant communities.

We will be offering readers a different perspective but also deliver fun, engaging, informative and inspiring stories from across the county. We will be bringing the biggest news stories to our readers but also the untold stories that make our communities what they are today.”

Reach launched NorthantsLive, SussexLive and HampshireLive last summer, with all three sites said to be performing ahead of expectations.

It is also adding more than 20 journalists to its MyLondon brand.

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