Canadian Publishing Industry News
11 December 2017,     TORONTO
North America's Oldest Magazine Names Editor/Publisher
Jocelyn Bell new editor/publisher United Church Observer
Jocelyn Bell new editor/publisher United Church Observer
 The Board of Directors of Observer Publications Inc.has appointed  Jocelyn Bell as the new Editor/Publisher of The United Church Observer. The magazine’s Managing Editor since 2006. Both of her parents are United Church ministers; her first paid assignment as a student journalist was a freelance article for The Observer.Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto. She has experience in the newsrooms of several major daily newspapers including the Toronto Star and the Hamilton Spectator. Prior to joining The Observer, Jocelyn was editor of Childview magazine. 
 
Bell is only the sixth editor to lead the magazine since it was renamed The United Church Observer in 1939. She succeeds David Wilson, who is retiring at the end of 2017 after more than 30 years with The Observer.  
 The Observer is affiliated with The United Church of Canada . With roots dating back to 1829, The Observer is  the oldest continuously published magazine in North America, and the second-oldest in the English-speaking world. 
 
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