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UCLan graduate to pioneer new approach to local news following promotion

16 December 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Former journalism student Ed appointed as publisher of local news site

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduate who founded the popular hyperlocal news website Blog Preston will lead a local news website in Reading after a prestigious promotion.

Ed Walker, who left UCLan in 2007 with a first-class honours in journalism and went onto become the digital development editor of Trinity Mirror Regionals, will head up the Reading ‘getreading’ project as publisher.

Ed said: “I am honoured to take up the role of publisher with getreading and look forward to working with the team in Berkshire.

“We are going to be pioneering a new way for local news in the UK and we will be recruiting for a number of roles in the coming weeks.”

Neil Benson, Editorial Director for Trinity Mirror Regionals said: “I think we’ve got a really strong and highly skilled team. This is a bold move and potentially creates a new and different future for regional publishing.”

Ed is the editor and founder of Blog Preston (www.blogpreston.co.uk), one of the leading hyperlocal news websites in the UK covering Preston since 2009, which has grown to become of the leading hyperlocal sites in the country with a readership of more than 60,000 Prestonians a month.

He has been with Trinity Mirror since January 2010 when he became Online Communities Editor at WalesOnline. Ed led the launch and growth of yourCardiff, a community news site and social feed for the capital of Wales, as well as reporting for the South Wales Echo, Western Mail and WalesOnline.

He joined the central publishing team in summer 2011 and has worked on the rollout of Newsroom 3.1 in Newcastle as well as working with regional titles to lead video views across Trinity Mirror’s regional titles to 400% year on year growth during 2014.