Former Yorkshire journalist Steve Parsley has joined the Fethiye Times as an associate editor and reporter.
The 57-year-old writer – also a qualified photographer – worked a series of regional titles in the north of England including the well-respected Northern Echo, the Yorkshire Post and the Yorkshire Evening Post. He also worked in broadcasting, both as a presenter and head of news in commercial radio as well as a regular contributor to BBC programmes.
After 20 years of full-time journalism, Steve switched to corporate public relations in 2004, working as a media adviser for Yorkshire Water before joining the communications company founded by wife Rebecca in 2010.
The couple moved to Turkey with teenage daughter Emma in 2014 but continue to run their agency online, working with clients both in the UK and Europe, Rebecca also working as a contributing editor for Kinbox – an international online magazine focusing on issues relating to families and parents (www.kinbox.com).
Steve has already contributed to Fethiye Times, writing an occasional series on his exploits walking family dog Dillon in the forests around Kayaköy, as well as travel pieces from around the Muğla region.
“Although I left journalism some time ago, it’s still an itch that needs scratching,” he said. “After almost five years here, I felt I had enough experience to contribute something to the community in the Fethiye area and that perhaps it was time to get to know it a little better too.
“Hopefully, writing for Fethiye Times provides an opportunity to do both. I’m certainly looking forward to meeting a few more people and to getting back into old writing habits which I hope are not entirely forgotten.”
Fethiye Times owner and editor Lyn Ward said Steve will be contributing to both the Fethiye Times website as well as its social media accounts.
“We’re delighted to have another set of experienced hands on board – both in terms of writing and photography. We’re confident Steve’s knowledge of journalism will be a valuable asset and hope that, by working with us, he can achieve his ambition to become more integrated into the Fethiye community in the months to come.”