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Newspaper publishers Johnston Press have rung the changes at two of its North East regional dailies. John Szymanski (pictured), editor of the Shields Gazette since 2002, is to take the editor's chair at the Sunderland Echo.

The Sun has added Dan Howlett as a general news reporter at its Manchester office. The newspaper opened its office in the city last year, seven years after News International closed its previous Manchester office.

The modern newspaper editor’s dilemmas are many. In a metropolis the size of London for example you would expect the 13 million citizens to support a paid-for evening title. It doesn’t. Paid for circulations are inexorably shrinking, writes Mark Dickinson, former editor-in-chief of Trinity Mirror North West and of the Midlands.

Manchester-based journalist, Rzhwan Amin, remains in the UK following notice of a judicial review.

The Kurdish-Iraqi asylum-seeker had settled in Tameside after fleeing Iraq.

Former Sun journalist, Steve Mullen, has set up a football betting newspaper based in Liverpool.

He’s employed "an editorial team of 10" to work on Football Extra, which is being distributed by Intermedia.

Johnston Press has turned to the experienced broadcaster, Andrew Glover, to take over as head of video.

Glover has for the last 4 years run multi-media training consultancy, Lush Places Media, with clients such as the Press Association.

The Manchester Evening News will face up to 27 job cuts as a result of the Trinity Mirror restructure.

Prolific North understands that these redundancies will involve senior editorial staff including section editors and that it will happen in 2 waves, the first in a month and the second by the Autumn.

The North West Evening Mail has undergone its first cover-to-cover redesign in more than 10 years.

Launched on Monday, it has increased the number of news pages, added new features and reorganised content.

The National Union of Journalists has claimed that Trinity Mirror's proposed restructure will "hugely undermine journalism" on its regional titles. The newspaper publisher today announced it would be cutting 92 posts from 800 editorial staff as part of a new focus on digital and shared content.

A former Johnston Press editor has launched a new magazine for Derbyshire - only months after ending a 21-year career with the regional publisher. Amanda Penman, formerly known as Amanda Hatfield before her marriage to another former Johnston Press editor David Penman in the autumn, was group editor at the Matlock Mercury prior to leaving last summer.


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