Leask Leaving for SoS

A recent winner of the Journalist of the Year title at the Scottish Press Awards is understood to be leaving The Herald newspaper, for Scotland on Sunday.

Reporter, David Leask, has resigned from The Herald after being refused voluntary redundancy – despite publishers, Newsquest, seeking to axe 20 editorial posts across the paper and sister titles, the Sunday Herald and Evening Times.

A former chief reporter at the Evening Times, Leask was named Journalist of the Year last year. He moved from the Evening Times to The Herald at the same time current Herald editor, Charles McGhee, made a similar switch.

He is now serving his notice. It is believed it is a reporter’s post he will be moving to.

His imminent departure coincides with another high-profile loss for the newspaper group, Evening Times reporter, Chris Musson, having just joined the Daily Record.

Chris, who had been at the Evening Times for just over three years, was Press Gazette’s UK Student Journalist of the Year in 2003 and was shortlisted in the Specialist Reporter of the
Year category at last year’s Regional Press Awards.

His ‘Crime on Your Street’ series was runner-up in the Campaign of the Year category at last year’s Scottish Press Awards.

He is to do across-the-board news reporting at the Record.

Comment: The plan is almost complete: staff deserting in droves with a pitiful severance package, atmosphere tense, morale rock bottom. The editorial floor is a wilderness but not for long! – just wait for those green newbies plucked straight from college into an ‘exciting and dynamic’ place of work (shhh….. don’t tell them about the advertorials and rehashes of PR releases). And soon, coming to a newspaper near you, copyright grab from Newsquest and a general run down of freelance / casual staff. Local newspapers here we come. Don’t you just love those Yanks?

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