Reporters go west

There have been two new additions to the editorial team at the Mid Devon Gazette.

India Jolly has been taken on as a senior reporter and Sam Tarn joins as a trainee reporter.

Jolly comes on board from The Gazette in Hemel Hempstead where she has been for three years as a reporter, district reporter and senior reporter. She trained on a pilot journalism course after her A-levels, doing several stints of work experience in the Exeter and Devon area.

She then went on to do a pre-entry NCTJ course at Highbury College in Portsmouth and landed a job at The Gazette in Hemel Hempstead. While there she won two of Johnston Press’ internal awards, for News Writer of the Year in 2001 and Feature Writer of the Year in 2003, both for the Central Counties newspapers.

She said: “The Mid Devon Gazette is a great read and I am looking forward to making some good contacts and getting some exclusives.”

Sam Tarn joins his first newspaper, having graduated with a multimedia degree from Bournemouth University.

He was deputy editor of his university magazine, which was shortlisted for Best Student Magazine at the Mirror’s student awards in 2003.

Mid Devon Gazette editor Mary-Ann Bloomfield is delighted with her new appointments. She said: “It’s nice to have two reporters coming in from both ends of the spectrum.

“India is a committed community reporter who brings with her experience of working a patch and writing a variety of stories. She is a good oldfashioned all-rounder, which is what many regional weekly newspapers crave and value.

“Sam also brings with him great promise. He has gained plenty of experience and deserved the traineeship without a doubt.”

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