The Yarrawonga Chronicle will have a new editor after Easter with experienced journalist Racheal Willett taking over the role from Shane Douthie.
Mr Douthie, who has been the editor of the Yarrawonga Chronicle since 2006, is moving to Melbourne with his wife Colette who recently graduated from Gotafe Regional Academy of Dramatic Arts in Benalla.
“Racheal is the perfect fit for the role as editor especially with the exciting new developments for the Chronicle online including the recently launched website and Facebook page,” Mr Douthie said.
“Racheal is a quality journalist who has a strong local connection and a great understanding about what interests the community.
“I have enjoyed the time I have spent here and wish to thank the Loughnan family, in particular managing editor Jared Loughnan, for their confidence in choosing me for the role as editor and their unwavering support for the last seven years.
“I also want to thank all the staff for their support and efforts in what is a very challenging industry but one that can be so satisfying as well.
“I would also like to pay tribute to our readers and the Yarrawonga Mulwala community. Local people feel a real sense of ownership with the Chronicle and I welcomed and enjoyed the constant feedback and contributions from so many individuals and groups who see the Chronicle as the best way to get their story or concern across.
“I am certain Racheal will continue that tradition into the future and I am sure she will experience and enjoy that same interaction with the community that I have experienced.”
Born and bred in Yarrawonga, Racheal Willett brings to the role as editor more than 15 years of experience in journalism.
From the frenzy of a daily newspaper, to freelance work and ultimately returning to Yarrawonga to write part-time for the Chronicle, Mrs Willett said she was looking forward to taking on a new challenge as editor.
“This is a welcome opportunity for me to take a greater role in the future of a newspaper I’ve grown up with and come to appreciate for the integral role it plays in the Yarrawonga-Mulwala community,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to working closely with the great team of staff we have at the Yarrawonga Chronicle and am particularly excited about strengthening our bonds with our readership through the newspaper’s growing online presence.
“There’s nothing quite like working on the living, breathing presence that is a local newspaper and I look forward to interacting with readers from all corners of our community to shape the future of the Yarrawonga Chronicle.”
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