ONE of The Scotsman’s most senior journalists is to leave at the end of the month, ending a nine-year assoication with the newspaper which was preceded by four-and-a-half years at sister title, the Edinburgh Evening News.
David Lee, senior assistant editor at The Scotsman, is understood to have accepted a voluntary redundancy package.
Previously news editor and assistant editor at the paper, his most recent responsibilities include The Scotsman’s opinion and professional pages (law, medicine, education, etc).
He also edits Recommends, a weekly supplement comprising theme-based reader suggestions.
He has also edited the paper on Sundays for the last year. He was associate editor (news) for the Evening News when he joined The Scotsman.
His other recent credits include organising The Scotsman Debates series – on nationhood two years ago and on a wide variety of themes (independence, defence, the arts, the future of the islands, renewable energy, etc) last year.
The series two years ago was linked to a roadshow where Scotsman reporters travelled to towns and cities across Scotland, to poll people’s views.
He also organised the paper’s Seven Wonders of Scotland vote three years ago, which resulted in a shortlist of 30 and 50,000 reader votes being cast.
From the first of next month, he’ll be working as a freelance media consultant, including hosting events and debates for some of the partners he has worked with over the years.