Two regional dailies have launched live blogs on their websites to cover breaking news across their patches.
They were launched this month as part of an experiment in new ways of covering breaking news, with the two papers chosen for the trial because they cover very different geographical areas.
And the live blogs, which are powered by ScribbleLive in North Wales and CoverItLive at the MEN, could be rolled out to other titles across the Trinity Mirror group.
Digital publishing director David Higgerson said: “Our readers have an insatiable appetite for breaking news and it doesn’t need to be several hundred words long, just a small piece about it.
“The live blogs are a good way of getting that information to people quickly.
“It is helping people stay on the site longer and return more during the day. It helps us to differentiate between the printed product and the website.
“There has been a very positive response. People have been really good at saying they like this service and saying what new things they would like to see as well.”
David added he would like to roll it out to other titles and would discuss with editors about the best ways of running a live blog on their sites.
The creation of the live blogs has been led by editor Alison Gow at the Daily Post and Sarah Lester, executive editor for digital, at the MEN.
They are run from early in the morning until around 10pm at night and are run by one or two reporters each day, with the whole newsroom also being involved.
The blogs have also included lighter posts, such as quizzes and photos from the area.