Can Anyone Beat Barrie’s Record?


Ex-Derby Telegraph staffer Barrie Farnsworth (pictured) has left the regional press industry after working for a total of 29 different newspapers during a 45-year career, commenting: “I would love to hear from anyone who can match or beat that.”

Barrie’s most recent job was working on a freelance basis at the Tamworth Herald, but his career also included stints editing titles in Worksop, Scunthorpe and Lincoln.

He told HTFP, the media sector website: “I have seen a lot of change over the past 45 years – but I have simply loved being a journalist. I think the only newsroom job I have not had is Sports Editor – and despite loving my cricket rugby and football, I have no regrets about that.

“I have edited some great teams at Worksop, Scunthorpe and Lincoln – and I have also worked for some great editors, especially the late Peter Moore, the long-standing editor of the Grimsby Telegraph, where I enjoyed my role as production editor, and Gary Phelps, who has been a fine editor at the Tamworth Herald for many years. I have also been lucky enough to have enjoyed what, with hindsight, was a golden period for journalists – although the last decade has been more painful for most.


However, Barrie added: “I fear for the future of local newspapers – and I sincerely believe that the Government should consider subsidising them sooner rather than later.”

Barrie’s last staff role was on the Derby Telegraph before being made redundant in 2009, since when he has worked as a freelance.

The full list of titles Barrie has worked for is as follows:

Derbyshire Times
Buxton Advertiser
Sheffield Morning Telegraph
Worksop Guardian
Scunthorpe Star
Scunthorpe Extra
Lincoln Standard
Horncastle Standard
Boston Standard
Skegness Standard
Gainsborough News
Sleaford Standard
Grimsby Telegraph
Grimsby Target
Scunthorpe Telegraph
Scunthorpe Target
Derby Telegraph
Stoke Sentinel
Leek Post
Uttoxeter Advertiser
Tamworth Herald
Lichfield Mercury
Walsall Advertiser
Great Barr Observer
Sutton Observer
Leicester Mercury
Nottingham Post
Ashbourne Telegraph
Nuneaton News