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Introducing some of the team behind NationalWorld

NationalWorld is already a year old. This is a quick intro to who we are and what we do.

Meet some of the team behind NationalWorld

The national media in the UK has always been rooted in London, from the birth of Fleet Street as a publishing centre in the 16th century right through to the present day.

That used to make sense. If you wanted to hold power to account, you had to be close to the power, the argument went.

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But the pandemic has shown this concentration of the national media for what it is: an imbalance of geography that leads to imbalanced coverage.

Although London represents just 13% of the UK population, all of the country’s national newspapers are still headquartered in the capital, along with the BBC, Sky, ITV and Channel 4.

Unlike them, the NationalWorld team is not based in London (with one or two exceptions these days).

Our journalists live and work in towns and cities across the UK, from Edinburgh and Gateshead to Leeds and Nottingham.

As NationalWorld marks one year since the site was launched, here’s a look at who we are and what we do.

Nick spent the early part of his career with The Scotsman, before going on to help launch iNews with the team at the i newspaper in 2016, and more recently working across digital publishing, video and podcasts within JPI as head of content development.

Daniel Bird, Deputy Editor

Based in Northamptonshire, Dan started his career with the Press Association before taking roles at The Daily Telegraph, ITV News, Leicestershire Live and Which? Magazine. He most recently worked with the southern titles in the JPIMedia portfolio as Head of Audience.

Crystal Chesters, Assistant Editor

Having lived and worked internationally editing websites and magazines, Crystal is now based in Edinburgh and for the past few years has been tasked with growing the SEO strategy across JPI Media’s brands.

Paul Clarke, Sports Editor

Paul joined the team in November 2021, after spending most of his career in a variety of sports editing roles at Reach titles. Based in Yorkshire, he oversees the sports coverage on NationalWorld, as well as the metro city titles.

Harriet Clugston, Data and Investigations Editor

A recent arrival in Edinburgh, Harriet previously worked as a reporter for the Hertfordshire Mercury and as a data journalist for the Press Association's local news agency, Radar AI, before joining JPI to head up data and investigations content across the group.

James Trembath, Digital Production Editor

James began his journalism career at the age of 16 on his hometown papers in Selby, Yorkshire, before moving through the ranks to become Product Manager in the Editorial Design Hub, leading a team working on print pages and graphics across the portfolio. He's now moving into the role of Digital Production Editor to help shape the future of graphics, video and podcast production.

Other names you’ll see regularly on NationalWorld include:

Karen Roberts, based in Aberdeenshire, late news editor, specialising in crime, courts and the justice system

Matt Brooks, based in Nottingham, SEO content editor, specialising in money and sport

Claire Schofield, based in Leeds, early news editor, specialising in health, Covid and travel

Richie Boon, based in Edinburgh, sports news editor

Katrina Conaglen, based in Brighton, e-commerce editor, covering product reviews and deals

Adam Gearing, based in Manchester, social media editor

Alex Nelson, based in Norfolk, covering film and gaming

Helen Johnson, based in Leeds, covering health and wellbeing

Rhona Shennan, based in Edinburgh, covering digital culture

Ethan Shone, based in Yorkshire, covering investigations, the 'levelling up agenda', industrial action, social issues and politics

Matt Allan, based in Fife, covering motoring and transport

Heather Carrick, based in Glasgow, covering global politics and breaking news

Henry Sandercock, based in Edinburgh, covering consumer issues and food and drink

Aimee Stanton, based in Edinburgh, covering data and investigations

Rochelle Barrand, based in Sheffield, covering fashion and retail

Alex Moreland, based in London, covering TV

Steven Ross, based in Sheffield, covering TV and entertainment

Jason Jones, based in Gateshead, covering sport

Molly Burke, based in Leeds, covering sport

Martyn Simpson, based in Glasgow, covering sport

Craig Sinclair, a video producer based in Edinburgh

Mark Wilson, a video producer based in Edinburgh

Kelly Crichton, a podcast producer based in Edinburgh

Mark Hall, a designer based in Yorkshire

Kim Mogg, a designer based in Sheffield

Hiyah Zaidi, based in Birmingham, covering news, diversity and representation

Isabella Boneham, based in Coventry, covering news, social and environmental issues

Susanna Sealy, based in Edinburgh, covering sports

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