Carmarthen Journal editor Cathryn Ings will leave the company next month, publisher Northcliffe Media announced today.
Ings, who has edited the paid-for weekly for the last four years, began her career as a trainee reporter with the Llanelli Star in 1989 followed by spells at The Western Mail in Cardiff and the Evening Post in Swansea.
In 2010 she oversaw the Journal’s 200th birthday celebrations and launched the Carmarthen Journal Bicentenary Community Awards aimed at celebrating unsung local heroes.
The search for her successor begins immediately.
“It has been an absolute honour and a privilege to be editor of the Carmarthen Journal, the newspaper of my hometown,’said Ings.
‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my four years as editor. In this time I have done my best to promote and support the local communities and the Welsh language and culture which are so close to my heart.
‘Leaving the Journal wasn’t a decision I took lightly, but after much thought I feel the time is now right for me to move on and pursue other interests.
‘I would like to thank the people of Carmarthenshire and my colleagues at the Journal and South West Wales Media for all their help and support over the years. You have been wonderful.
‘I intend to stay in Carmarthenshire so I’m sure I’ll continue to see all the good friends and contacts I have made over the years.
‘All that remains is for me to wish my successor and the Carmarthen Journal all the very best for the future.”
Northcliffe said Ings was a ‘fantastic ambassador’for the paper and that her Welsh language skills had been a ‘great asset to the business”.
South West Wales Media editor-in-chief Spencer Feeney added: “Throughout her time as editor, Cathryn has ensured the Carmarthen Journal has been at the heart of the community it serves.
‘I am very grateful to her for all that she has achieved, and wish her every success in the future.”
The latest ABC figures for the Journal, covering the last six months of 2011, show circulation was down 11 per cent to 16,408.