Former editor arrives at PR agency

Philip Bowern - KOR Communications

The former editor of the South West’s largest regional daily newspaper has joined a public relations agency.

Philip Bowern, the former editor of the Western Morning News has joined public relations consultancy KOR Communications.

Philip has taken on the role of specialist content writer for the Exeter-based consultancy.

From promoting land for sustainable development to tackling the impact of climate change, Philip’s work as part of the KOR team will help improve awareness, understanding and support among communities, stakeholders and decision-makers, often for large initiatives.

Before editing the Western Morning News, Philip was rural affairs editor.

During his career he played a major part in championing rural coverage, including establishing the Westcountry Farming magazine.

His work has been recognised with awards for rural journalism, including EDF Energy’s Special Reporter of the Year.

He said: “I am really excited to pursue my rural affairs specialism which I am deeply passionate about, by continuing to use my journalistic skills in interviewing and writing.

“I understand the issues faced by those working in the countryside and recognise the importance of promoting that work. I’m also very aware of what can go wrong when there’s a lack of awareness, understanding or support for the management of the countryside.”

KOR Communications provides professional communications support and services for clients nationwide, including a number of Britain’s largest landed estates, The Jockey Club, the leading rural insurer NFU Mutual and the Singapore-based Fragrance Group who are developing new hotels across the UK.

Managing director Annette Richman said: “Philip’s appointment further strengthens the KOR team. His sector knowledge, coupled with his exemplary writing and commentary, is warmly welcomed by our clients.

“His ability to examine the facts and present them in a compelling way for print and online will certainly help raise further awareness and understanding of our clients’ vital work, particularly as the opportunities for self-published content continue to expand.”

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