We need to tough it out when times get hard

Behind Local News
Dec 26, 2018 · 2 min read

By John Wilson, Editor, Hereford Times, Ludlow and Tenbury Advertiser, Stroud News and Journal, Gloucestershire Gazette, Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard

John Wilson

Which story from your newsroom will you remember most from 2018 and why?

Hereford Times readers raise £35,000 to transform the lives of 10 children with motor disabilities illustrated just one of the ways that local newspapers are overwhelmingly a force for good.

Looking around the regional press, can you point to something from another newsroom which stands out to you? What was it and why?

Too busy concentrating on what we do here!

What did you learn in 2018 about local journalism which you’ll remember?

Readers more than three times more likely to trust their local publisher than information they see on Facebook, according to research by Local Media Works.

If you had one tip to share with other editors about being an editor in 2019, what would it be?

Tough it out when times get hard, as they often do. Being an editor is a privilege, and a great achievement of which you will always be proud.

What do you hope will happen in 2019?

The law and regulators bring the digital giants to heel, and some of the digital revenue they have purloined starts flowing back to local news.

What will you be looking for in new reporters when recruiting in 2019?

Enthusiasm, intelligence, curiosity, empathy, ambition, humility and a good grip of the English language. Everything else can be learned.

How would you sell your newsroom to someone thinking about applying for a job in 2019?

It’s a friendly, exciting, energising place that connects you with the local community like nothing else and equips you with a vast range of skills that will prepare you the rest of our life.

What’s the most memorable thing to have happened in/around your newsroom this year?

They way we helped our communities reflect on and commemorate the sacrifice of those who served in the First World War as the nation marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

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