Up to 14 jobs are under threat at Staffordshire daily The Sentinel as a result of a newsroom restructure announced today.
The Stoke-on-Trent-based title is planning to reorganise its photographic, sport, design and features departments and review its existing Staffordshire Moorlands and Cheshire district editions.
In addition its monthly standalone title the North Staffordshire Magazine is to cease publication immediately.
Sentinel editor Mike Sassi said: “The Sentinel is undertaking a comprehensive review of its business as it attempts to find better ways to serve its readers and advertisers. We hope the planned changes would put us in a better position to achieve future revenue growth and secure sustained profits.”
The changes will also see the subbing and design of weekly titles from Central independent News and Media (CIN) return to Tamworth, where the papers’ reporters, photographers and editor are based.
The CIN titles, which include the Tamworth Herald, have been subbed and designed in The Sentinel’s newsroom since the creation of a subbing hub at Stoke in January 2009.
Gary Phelps, group editor of Central Independent News and Media, said: “The return of all of the subbing of our titles to Tamworth brings our entire news operation under one roof, allowing us to better use the resources at our disposal and ensuring our news gathering and design teams can easily share vital local knowledge.”
Other regional subbing hubs in Nottingham, Hull and Plymouth that were set up by publisher Northcliffe Media around the same time have already been dismantled and their work returned to local centres.