New editor for the Re­former

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

It’s all change at the Ruther­glen Re­former next week.

Editor Kenny Smith (41) is leav­ing this week, and is mov­ing to our sis­ter pa­per the Ayr­shire Post, with se­nior re­porter Dou­glas Dickie (34) suc­ceed­ing him in the post.

Kenny, from Cam­bus­lang, has been with the Re­former since Novem­ber 2003 as chief re­porter, and as editor since April 2013.

For­mer Cathkin High pupil Kenny is look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge at the Ayr­shire Post, suc­ceed­ing Ch­eryl McEvoy on the pa­per which was named Scot­tish Weekly News­pa­per of the Year in 2014.

He said: “Hav­ing fea­tured in the Re­former as a pri­mary one at West Coats, de­liv­ered the pa­per when I was at high school, and spent the past 12 years work­ing on it, the pa­per has al­ways been a part of my life.

“The Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang com­mu­ni­ties are fan­tas­tic, and it’s been a real priv­i­lege to have worked on the pa­per that’s al­ways been there as a part of my life.

“It’s a real chal­lenge tak­ing on the ed­i­tor­ship of Media Scot­land’s best-selling weekly pa­per and Ch­eryl has cer­tainly set the bar very high.

“But I know she has built a great team there and I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with them.

“I’m de­lighted Dou­glas is tak­ing over, and wish him and the team ev­ery suc­cess in the fu­ture.

“The Re­former’s news cov­er­age has never been more lo­cal, high­light­ing ev­ery­thing that’s go­ing on in Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang, Burn­side, Half­way, King’s Park, Croft­foot and Castlemilk, It’s been an hon­our.”

Dou­glas, a for­mer Spit­tal Pri­mary and Stonelaw High pupil who has been with the Re­former since 2004, said: “It’s a real hon­our to be­come editor of such an es­tab­lished ti­tle.

“As some­one who grew up in the Royal Burgh, I know how im­por­tant the Re­former is to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the im­por­tant role we have to play.

“I only hope I can con­tinue the fine tra­di­tion of a news­pa­per that is a real, lo­cal in­sti­tu­tion.

“On a per­sonal level, I’d like to thank Kenny for his lead­er­ship, guid­ance and friend­ship over the past few years.

“It’s been a plea­sure to work with him and I’m sure he’ll be a suc­cess in his new job.

“Although, I re­ally hope the peo­ple of Ayr­shire like their Doc­tor Who sto­ries!”

The Re­former’s news con­tent has never been more lo­cal

All change Dou­glas Dickie (left) is suc­ceed­ing Kenny Smith as Re­former editor

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