Regional publisher Johnston Press is piloting new-look newsrooms at a series of titles in the Midlands which could be rolled out across the company.
Under the plan, journalists will no longer work for individual newspapers but will be part of a unit responsible for several different titles.
The idea, which JP says aims to “transform the way news is gathered and disseminated” is being piloted at the company’s centres in Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.
The plan, which was announced to staff last week, will see journalists at around 11 weekly newspapers in the region combined into the three teams or ‘units.’
The Derbyshire unit will cover the Derbyshire Times, Matlock Mercury, Buxton Advertiser, Ripley and Heanor News, Belper News, Eastwood and Kimberley Advertiser and Ilkeston Advertiser, while the Notts unit will be responsible for the Chad, Worksop Guardian and Hucknall Despatch.
There will also be a central unit covering entertainments, community news, ad features and sport working across all the titles in the region.
It is understood that Derbyshire Times editor Graeme Huston is in overall charge of the experiment, which is expected to last around six weeks.
A Johnston Press spokeswoman said: “We have launched a pilot project in one area of the north Midlands, led by our editorial teams, which aims to transform the way we gather and disseminate news and information across multiple platforms.
“We are looking at ways of allowing our news teams to focus on specific areas of content and improving our reader experience.
“The pilot is a work in progress and as such we can’t – at this stage – comment on the specifics of the scheme, although do anticipate it will allow our news teams to fully embrace their community relationships whilst providing a 24/7 news and information service.”
The initiative follows the recent introduction by Trinity Mirror of its Newsroom 3.1 blueprint, designed to encourage a “digital first” approach to publishing.