Journalist Joins Growing TMS Media PR Team

Three former newspaper colleagues have been reunited in an expanded publicity department at Great Yarmouth-based TMS Media.

Richard Batson, a former chief reporter and community editor with Archant, joins fellow journalists Rachel Moore and Steve Scott at the agency.

The three have more than a century of experience behind them. Rachel Moore, TMS Media's PR and communications manager, is a former news editor of the Norwich Evening News and an Eastern Daily Press chief reporter. She still writes a weekly column for the EDP.

Steve Scott, managing director, was a journalist at what was then Eastern Counties Newspapers for 14 years, half of that time as chief reporter of the company's Cromer office, where Rachel began her career as a trainee reporter. Richard, who lives in Southrepps, was community editor at Cromer for four years after serving as chief reporter for 23 years.

Formed in 1989, TMS Media is a 12-strong full-service agency that provides graphic design, website development, photography and exhibition management alongside its publicity work, which has more than tripled in the past year. Four major contracts awarded in the space of four months for clients in construction, energy and tourism prompted the move to expand the PR team.

"The success of our publicity service centres on outstanding relationships with the media and well-written press releases," said Steve Scott. "So in looking to expand the service it was absolutely vital to recruit a journalist who could write our clients' news stories in the editorial style that hard-pressed newsdesks are looking for. Richard has huge experience, is an excellent writer and a great asset for us and our clients."

Rachel joined TMS in August 2014, succeeding another former Archant journalist, Roy Strowger, who was PR and communications manager for seven years.

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