Independent News & Media is revamping the editorial structure of the publisher’s national titles in the Republic.
The editorial shake-up follows studies of several European newspaper groups, INM Editor-In-Chief Stephen Rae said. No single paper provides the model but INM wants to take the best practice from several titles across Europe including Germany’s ‘Die Welt’ and Britain’s ‘Daily Telegraph’.
“We are a content company,” Mr Rae said.
“That is our special asset, but we are also becoming a technology company and restructuring the workflow around these two key elements will make us fit to deal with the challenges we face, to best serve our audiences, our people and our shareholders.”
Independent News & Media chief executive Robert Pitt said the publisher will change the way some reporters work so that they write stories for all five of the company’s national titles; the Irish Independent, ‘Sunday Independent’, ‘The Herald’, ‘Sunday World’ and Independent.ie. The move follows the mergers of political and business reporting teams from several titles in late 2013.
“This is a plan to make sure that these titles will get better and prosper,” Mr Pitt said. “This is one of the steps for preparing for the future.”
The measures also include cost cutting and a voluntary redundancy package that may result in the loss of no more than 30 jobs, Mr Pitt told employees at a meeting yesterday afternoon. He declined to give more details or say how much the measures would save, adding that it was too early to say. The changes are due to be completed by July.
A centralised news desk will now co-ordinate planned and breaking news coverage for print and digital operations.
Mr Rae said Independent.ie had already become the biggest Irish news site, attracting 80m page impressions this month alone.