Daily and weekly news reporters at a West Midlands publisher are being merged into a single team, it has been confirmed.
The Shropshire Star and its sister weeklies are joining forces in a bid to cut down on duplication and offer readers “more local content.”
Until now they have had separate staffs but bosses at the Midland News Association-owned titles say they were often working on the same stories.
Shropshire Star editor Keith Harrison said: “I’m hoping that working as part of a bigger team will ease the pressure on reporters, particularly those working in some of our smaller district offices.
“Their copy can already be accessed across all MNA titles, so this is a way of cutting down on duplication of work, increasing efficiency and offering readers more local content.
“Instead of weekly and daily reporters in the districts sitting in different offices in the same building, sometimes working on exactly the same stories, they will now work alongside each other.
“There will still be exclusive content for the weeklies and there’s been a positive reaction from weekly editors and the Shropshire Star newsdesk.
Keith added that the weekly and daily subs will also combine, offering extra subbing capacity for both sets of titles throughout the week.