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40 editorial roles under consultation at Trinity Mirror as it reveals new content sharing strategy

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By Stephen Lepitak, -

January 29, 2013 | 3 min read

Trinity Mirror has announced its latest restructure within its publishing operations, which is likely to see 40 editorial roles lost as a result.

The publisher has said to have been devised by a team of senior editors, with the aim of developing a closer working relationship between its national titles such as the Daily Mirror and The Sunday People and its regional newspapers, while sharing more content across newspapers and digital platforms.

The company also claims that it will place a greater emphasis on its digital output, indicating a digital first strategy in breaking news and releasing pictures and video, while focusing on the curation of community content within its regional titles.

This will see the establishment of a shared content unit in Liverpool, which will create content for all regional newspapers and digital channels.

While the announcement states that this strategy will create ‘a number of new roles’ within the national titles for writers and photographers and videographers, as well as a number of digital roles, the company has also said that around 40 editorial roles will enter consultation.

Neil Benson, editorial director at Trinity Mirror, said: “Our newsrooms have made great progress in embracing the digital world in recent years but, essentially, our processes have remained print-led.

“This new approach is a bold, imaginative step that will enable us to become a fully-fledged, digitally-focused news operation, and brings together for the first time the best of our regional and national journalism.

“It is never easy to make these decisions when it affects our colleagues in this way but we must re-engineer the way we work if our journalism is to thrive in the future.”

Lloyd Embley, editor-in-chief of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and the Sunday People, described the move as “a huge step forward” for the Mirror and One Trinity Mirror, which would see it take “a more unified approach” in creating content.

An investment in technology, including ContentWatch and web publishing platform Escenic, will also be rolled out across the Trinity Mirror newsrooms.

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