THE thing I most enjoy about being a Picture Editor is taking an idea and turning it into a newspaper.
I was Picture Editor on the Western Daily Press for six years during which time we twice won Press Gazette Newspaper of the Year, in 2004 we won an unprecedented 7 awards. During my time at the WDP we raised £120k to save bears in China, bought a rescue hovercraft for Burnham-on-Sea and got the law changed on flying over nuclear power stations.
I joined South West News Service in 2006 and, with director Paul Walters, manage a staff of 30. Pictures are at the heart of the SWNS operation and we go to great lengths to ensure that our news picture feed has the best imagery – first. My other responsibilities at SWNS include running our video service, developing and integrating infrastructure and nurturing our talented photographers. In 2016 I led our successful bid for a six figure grant from the Google Digital News Initiative to build a syndication platform for the company. I run a ‘hero board’ for some of our biggest and brightest cuts here.
Over the years I have been fortunate to work with so many good photographers – I can’t thank them enough for enduring the long days and unreasonable demands. Although this is not an exhaustive list Matt Cardy, Oli Scarff, Anthony Devlin , Lewis Whyld, Clint Randall, Gareth Iwan Jones, Adam Gerrard, Adam Gasson , Dan Kitwood, Adam Gray, Paul Gillis, Carl De Souza, Rowan Griffiths, David Hedges, and Anna Barclay
The clippings below represent articles that I have been heavily involved in. Many thanks to the photographers whose work is pictured here.