COMMENCING THIS week’s trio of talks will be the new editor of the Coventry Telegraph, David Brookes. With over 30 years experience in journalism, including roles as reporter, sub-editor, designer and editor, he is in a good position to discuss the current industry environment and the future of local newspapers.
The threat of the global credit crisis and the changing habits of the local newspaper readership is exacerbated by the mounting prevalence of online news sources and Brookes will discuss what can be done to ensure a future for the Coventry Telegraph.
Beginning his career on the Chelmsley Wood and Castle Bromwich News, a local weekly paper, he eventually became editor of the Sunday Mercury, based in Birmingham and stayed there for eight years.
He moved to the Coventry Telegraph as editor in January, but during his time as editor of the Sunday Mercury, it was the most successful newspaper in the Midlands, a fact that is reinforced by the amount of regional and national awards that it received.
Awards that the Sunday Mercury earned throughout Brookes’ leadership include ‘Midlands Newspaper of the Year’ in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007 in the Regional Newspaper Awards and ‘UK Newspaper of the Year’ in 2008 in the Newspaper Society Awards.
- Brookes will be in conversation on Wednesday 11th March at 1pm in room ETG34 of the Ellen Terry Building at Coventry University.