The restructure will see the remaining reporters allocated to specific geographic areas and undergo “multimedia training”, with a single overall production operation.
A consolidated management structure will oversee MEN and its weekly titles.
A focus on “original, local content”, and the creation of “high-quality user-generated content”, however, is expected to result in the formation of a number of new roles.
Trinity Mirror acquired MEN Media and S&B Media from Guardian Media Group in February, as a “step further towards TM’s strategic goal of a multimedia business of real scale”, said Trinity Mirror CEO Sly Bailey at the time.
The integration of Trinity Mirror’s regional news operation follows last month’s decision to cut around 200 editorial roles across national titles as a result of the introduction of multimedia newsrooms across the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and People, with the publisher’s new web-based CMS ContentWatch streamlining production and publication of content across multiple channels.
This story first appeared on newmediaage.co.uk