Tuesday 20 March 2018

INM unveils ambitious plans for online and print content centre

The hub of the Die Welt newsroom in Berlin
The hub of the Die Welt newsroom in Berlin
Thomas Molloy

Thomas Molloy

Independent News & Media has unveiled radical plans to introduce Ireland's first cross functional newsroom - serving online and print.

The ambitious project combines many elements of online operations at Axel Springer's Die Welt in Germany, the Daily Telegraph in Britain and other newsrooms with a matrix of print and online talent.

A central content hub or 'Eye' will oversee the operation of Ireland 's biggest newsroom.

While reporters covering business and politics have for the past 18 months been working across titles such as the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent and the Herald, the company now plans to deepen that co-operation and extend it to other areas including sport - creating the largest print and online sports team on the island, now including content teams at the Sunday World.

INM says efficiencies in the plan mean fewer than 30 jobs will go as the titles merge some posts.

Editor-in-chief Stephen Rae described to journalists how the company will be one of the first legacy media companies anywhere to merge online and print successfully.

"We will continue to be a content company, focusing on trusted journalism - but with a real and greater tech edge," he said.

In a video shown to INM staff on Thursday, Die Welt managing editor Marius Schneider described how their central content 'Eye' manages to house everything from minute-by-minute reporting on web sites to the company's highly respected newspapers.

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