One message stands out among the many heartwarming 'well done' tweets and emails I've received since it was announced I was to become the new editor of the Birmingham Post.

It was sent by an old friend and simply reads: ‘Congrats. Look after it for us.’

This short gesture sums up for me just what the Post means to the many thousands of people who have enjoyed its quality journalism and expert opinion for more than 150 years and the importance of the title I’m extremely proud to hold.

So over the coming weeks and months I’ll be revealing more about my plans to make sure the Post prospers and appeals to a 21st century audience.

As you’d expect, much of this work will be around the Post’s digital news provision and we have stacks of innovative ideas currently being fine-tuned.

Rest assured, however, that the printed weekly newspaper is not being left behind. We’ll be working on this, too.

Key to this development is the brilliant team of journalists I’m delighted to be working with, led by Graeme Brown in his new role as BPM Media’s regional head of business.

And it has to involve you, the readers.

Email me at if you have any suggestions for a bigger and brighter Birmingham Post.

I’d love to hear from you.

Finally, a little bit about me: Before being appointed Post editor I was the executive editor of the Birmingham Mail, the Post’s sister title.

I live in Birmingham with my wife and son and I’m a few months short of 40 (keep that to yourself). I also have a misguided affection for Birmingham City Football Club (keep that to yourself, too).

Stacey Barnfield
Editor, Birmingham Post
Twitter: @staceybarnfield