In 2005 the printing press in Lincoln was closed and production was moved to Grimsby.
As a result the paper now prints overnight and is available for sale at 7am.
Richard, formerly of the Western Daily Press, Lincolnshire Echo, Cheshire Chronicle Series and Staffordshire Newsletter, went freelance in 2000 and is also a lecturer in media law at the University of Lincoln, where he also specialises in local government.
The Lincolnshire Echo has also been on the trail of disgraced former council leader Jim Speechley, publishing a string of revelations of his abuse of power forcing the Conservative councillor to resign his post.
The company also produces the websites uk and uk - a sports website that replaced the Saturday sports paper which closed in 2006.