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New-look Media Team

18 July 2012

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There has been a re-organisation of the media department at the club.

Freelance journalist and broadcaster Nick Johnson will take overall control of the department as media & PR consultant. Sam Putnam, who previously took on the role of new media journalist, will have responsibility for the website, Spireites Player and social media platforms as new media manager.

Johnson, 43, has a wide range of experience in sports media, including reporting on around 750 football matches for Sky Sports. He has also written extensively for newspapers/news agencies/magazines, had five books published and acted as a PR consultant for various organisations.

This will bring about some big changes in the club's media and pr activities, in order to help the club grow off the pitch as well as provide supporters with a greater service and better communication from the club.

The new-look website will be bringing a lot more content from players and members of the management staff.

Following a survey taken out on Spireites Player in May, a number of changes will be implemented to the service for the new season.

We will be bringing you interviews from players on a regular basis, providing extended match highlights of every game (including pre-season), revamping the matchday commentary as well as a host of brand new features.

The official Chesterfield social media platforms will become more interactive with its users to try and bridge the gap between the club and its supporters and get them involved in features for Spireites Player and the programme.

The matchday programme will also be undergoing a makeover which will give the fans the opportunity to get involved in a number of features, so keep an eye out for details.

We hope that you, the fans, recognise the improvments we are trying to make and get involved to make it a better experience for everyone.

The new media department will be inviting supporters to come and chat about any ideas or improvements they feel could be implemented at the open day on Sunday, 12 August 2012.

Full details of this will be released at a later date.

These changes were bought about following the retirment of media manager Geoff Mitchell.

Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner said: “It’s the start of a new era at the club and we felt that we needed to bring someone in with Nick’s knowledge and experience to organise the club’s media and PR activities.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Geoff Mitchell for his loyal service and wish him well in his retirement.”

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