Samantha Leckie, Head of Planning and Special Projects, Evening Express

When did you join DC Thomson?

In March 2013

What’s your role in DC Thomson?

I began working at the Evening Express on a part-time basis as a news/features reporter, after more than a year of one-day-a-week work experience. I split my time between the features and news team, writing a wide range of articles, while also completing my final year studying journalism at Robert Gordon University. After graduating with a first class honours degree in May 2013, I began working full-time at the paper.

In January 2014, the Evening Express launched a South Edition which specifically targeted readers south of the city. It was then that I began working as a full-time news reporter as I took the lead on the South Edition, leading a small team of reporters. Over the course of the next few months I was also given the responsibility of running the news desk and managing the news reporters when the paper’s Assistant News Editor was absent. I was then promoted to Assistant Content Editor in September 2014 and became second in command on the news desk.

What makes your working day enjoyable?

I thrive working under pressure and enjoy the organisational side of working as Assistant Content Editor. My role is extremely varied which means no two days are the same. At the end of every day I feel a sense of achievement when the paper is put to bed.

Tell us a little about the part you play in making DC Thomson a success?

Alongside the Assistant News Editor, it is my responsibility to ensure the Evening Express is full of exciting and exclusive content six days a week, giving readers the best value for their money and ensuring they can read the latest news from around the North-east.

What is your highlight of being part of DC Thomson?

I enjoy and feel proud to work for such a well-established publishing company which has allowed me to grow, learn and progress. I have a rewarding role, working for a newspaper which has more than 100 years of history.