Independent Scottish publisher DNG Media, which covers Dumfries and Galloway, has announced Fiona Reid as its first female editor.
Reid has been with the company for 18 years and has been news editor for the last nine years.
In her new role she will oversee all four of DNG Media’s weekly newspapers – the Dumfries Courier, Annandale Observer, Annandale Herald, and Moffat News.
She takes over from Bryan Armstrong who was editor of the media group for 23 years.
On her promotion Reid (pictured top, far-right) said: “Bryan has trained me well over the last two decades and he will be missed by us all in the newsroom.
“I share his passion and enthusiasm for local news, accuracy and independent reporting, and will carry forward those principles.
“I’m especially proud to be the company’s first female editor.”
Armstrong, who will be leaving the role to focus on freelance media work and photo-journalism, said: “She [Reid] knows our readers well and the issues that concern them.
“As part of the community she shares their interests and aspirations and I’m sure will bring her own insightful touch to the titles.”
“I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me, the many contributors and, in particular, our army of readers — with many who were always ready to offer valuable feedback which was greatly appreciated.”
He added “It has been a privilege meeting so many people, sometimes in difficult circumstances, who have shared their stories with us.
“We may be far from the big cities, but the countryside and Solway coast makes this a very attractive region to live and work.”
Armstrong began with DNG Media in the 1970s as an apprentice compositor before later becoming photographer, reporter and assistant editor before being appointed editor in 1994.
During his time there he has covered the Lockerbie disaster, serious crimes, foot and mouth disease outbreaks and Royal and Prime Ministerial visits.
DNG Media managing director Peter Laidlaw said: “I would like to thank Bryan for all his hard work and editorial stewardship.
“He has always had a passion for balanced, independent reporting which has been at the bedrock of the principles for which our newspapers stand.
“I congratulate Fiona on her appointment and I am sure she will bring enthusiasm and passion to the role.”