Sub-editor roles across a regional publisher’s titles could be axed as part of a restructure which will see a content management system implemented.
Jobs are at risk at Iliffe News and Media which has told staff about an eight-month programme to bring in new editorial workflows across its titles, as it moves away from a largely-print based structure towards a ‘digital first’ policy.
In an internal memo seen by HTFP, the publisher says it will also review the current management structure below the level of editor, which would result in changes to key roles.
The announcement said a number of new roles would be created under the plans, including four new regional head of content positions, and they would initially be ring-fenced for those most affected by the changes.
The memo said: “These plans include the introduction of a new Atex editorial system that will enable us to invest more of our editorial resources and energy into generating content rather than processing it.
“It will also enable us to support our planned push for a Digital First publishing policy.
“These plans will mean that some current roles and responsibilities within the editorial function will have to be reviewed as we begin to move away from our current largely print focused and traditional structures and workflows.
“Although individuals will still be working in groups we are proposing to introduce a more streamlined print production approach that would, for example, replace the current sub editing function.
“We also intend to review the current management structure below the level of Editor which will mean re-defining a number of key job roles pivotal to the management of editorial content generation and the processing of it through to both print and digital platforms.
“Although there could be some reduction in head count if our proposal to eliminate the sub editing role is confirmed, it is important to recognise that the overall aim of our strategy is to increase our audience through the delivery of high quality content.”
It adds consultation meetings will be taking place over the coming weeks and revised job descriptions will be sent to all staff.
Iliffe’s eight-month programme intends to start with Bedford-based LSN Media, whose titles include Bedfordshire on Sunday, and will finish in March next year with the Cambridge News.
Illiffe News and Media has not yet responded to requests for a comment.