Chief reporter at the Farmers Guardian, Vickie Rogers, has been promoted to the position of news editor. Following the recent launch of the South West edition of the paper and the standalone Eastern Counties edition, Rogers, 28, will focus on building the relationship between staff on all three publications.
“We now have 17 journalists producing around 100 pages a week across the editions and all of the production is done at the main office in Preston,” she said.
“Almost half of our staff are homebased and do not have much face-toface contact with office-based staff. It is my job to make sure everyone works together more and to ensure the team in the main office is always looking at stories for their suitability across all editions.”
Editor Liz Falkingham said: “Vickie’s hard work and dedicated approach to news and feature coverage while launching the South West edition was instrumental in making it the success it was and continues to be.
“Vickie has been working closely with deputy news editor David Boderke and their hardworking team approach has helped bring us through a tough period during which Eastern Counties was successfully launched and the workload has increased across the board for all in the company.”
Rogers joined the Farmers Guardian four years ago through an internal transfer from CMPi’s Food Manufacture, where she was editorial assistant.
Prior to that she did a nine-month work placement on the Southport Visiter.
Machinery editor Howard Walsh was recently appointed business editor at the paper and Mervyn Bailey came on board from insurer Peter Hill to fill the position.