Trinity Mirror regionals to focus on digital with ‘Newsroom 3.1’ plan

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Trinity Mirror is to restructure all of its regional news operations – with a renewed focus on digital content and a "specialist print publishing unit" at each base responsible for turning the day's online news output into a newspaper.

The publisher's operations in the north-east have been announced as the first to switch to the new system, where journalists' "working day will no longer be built around print products".

The company said eight jobs in the north-east were at risk of redundancy – and that 25 new jobs would be created.

The new roles – aimed at increasing traffic and audience interaction – include social media editors, a planning analyst and "advance content writers".

Trinity Mirror said: "Every journalist, from the editor-in-chief to the newest editorial recruit, will have a new set of digitally focused responsibilities."

Material from the digital-first operations will be "packaged" into regional newspapers at the end of the day. The Teesside and Newcastle newsrooms, which are serving as a pilot for the operation, publish The Chronicle, Evening Gazette, The Journal and Sunday Sun.

Trinity Mirror said the project, called "Newsroom 3.1", would be extended to all other regional centres this year.

Regionals editorial director Neil Benson said: "In an era when audiences want access to live up-to-the-minute information across a variety of platforms, our working day will no longer be built around our print products.

"The new structure gives us the capability to produce more digital content all day and every day, while still producing brilliant newspapers."

The north-east group is also giving two journalists the titles of "Newcastle United editor" and "Middlesborough FC editor", responsible for material about the respective football clubs.

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