worksop Guardian Editor James Mitchinson is to leave the paper, following nine years of service – after being promoted to Editor of the Grantham Journal.
Mr Mitchinson joined the title as a trainee reporter in October 2002, after gaining a First Class English degree.
He qualified as a professional journalist in 2004, thanks to the Worksop Guardian’s in-house training scheme.
He said: “Signing on the dotted line to become a reporter was the best move I ever made.”
“I had been working in retail banking, and decided to swap numbers for letters – which meant sacrificing more than half the pay I was earning at the time.”
“But I knew newspapers was where I wanted to be. In what other job can you be having tea with royalty one day, flying a light aircraft around the patch the next, and helping to raise funds for worthy local causes the next?”
“Choosing the career of a trainee reporter is the best job in the world – and that is as true today as it has ever been.”
“To serve the town of Worksop and its people has been a privilege.”
“Since gaining control of the seven titles the Worksop centre produces just over a year ago, I hope people can see how I have tried to brighten up the newspapers and to get the community more involved – from awards ceremonies to working with schools.”
“It was always my intention to give people a lift on a Friday – not a kick.”
“Bringing people together for the first ever Guardian Rose was a real highlight for me, and long may it continue.”