The editor of the Gazette Newspapers in Basingstoke is leaving after nearly 13 years in the job.
Mark Jones is leaving the Newsquest paper, which he has edited since February 2002, to become director of fundraising and communications for a Basingstoke-based charity.
Jones will move to the Ark Cancer Centre Charity, based at Basingstoke hospital, early next month.
He began his career in journalism as a trainee reporter at the Worcester Evening News in 1985 and moved to Basingstoke, via the Southern Daily Echo, as deputy editor in February 1997.
Jones said: “It has been my privilege to work at, and be editor of, The Gazette for so many years. I feel particularly blessed to have worked with so many wonderful people in all departments, many of whom have become good friends.
“It’s a fact that an editor is only ever as good as the team he or she works with, and I have been fortunate to work with some great and very talented people in the editorial team during my time at The Gazette. We have had so many good times together over the years, and I know that I will really miss my lovely colleagues.
“I am really proud of what my team has achieved, individually and collectively, over the last 13 years, particularly in the face of an incredible amount of demanding change and shrinking numbers in the team. My journalists have been a credit to themselves, the newspaper and the company.
“I am particularly proud of how we have made a positive difference to the local community by initiating, or supporting, many community-focused campaigns during my time as editor, and I am grateful for the great support we have received from our readers."