A regional daily has unveiled what its editor is calling a “revolutionary new approach” to its operations with separate editorial teams handling breaking news and in-depth coverage.
One team is now dedicated to online breaking news and a new live feed has been set up on the YEP’s website, as part of a wider project which has seen breaking news blogs launched at 12 JP titles.
The second team is now charged with covering more “in depth” stories across the paper’s patch in Leeds.
The changes have also coincided with the launch of a new campaign to celebrate all that it good about its city, which was started in conjunction with the editorial restructure.
The Love Leeds initiative aims to “fly the flag” for the city and the newspaper will speak to celebrities, sporting heroes and politicians about their passion for Leeds.
“This is a revolutionary new approach by dividing up our news teams which means we can provide even more focus on both our community coverage and the big breaking and in-depth stories. It also allows us to make sure our website is kept up to date with all the breaking news as it happens.”
Speaking about the Love Leeds campaign, he added: “Leeds has transformed itself over the past few years and has an exciting future, with its bid for the capital of culture, a high-speed train link coming directly into the city centre and the prospect of greater devolved powers.
“Yet sometimes it is all too easy to dwell on what is not right with the city. We want to take the lead in celebrating the good and, as part of the campaign, call for improvements to make things even better.”
As part of the campaign, the title will look at the good work carried out by charities and community groups while readers will also get the chance to vote on topics ranging from Leeds’ best ever bands to the most influential figures in its history.
The YEP is also asking for readers’ memories of good times in the city, such as when Leeds United won the FA Cup in 1972 or when Roundhay Park played host to megastars such as Madonna and The Rolling Stones during the 1980s.
Johnston Press has so far not revealed whether any jobs were lost at the YEP as a result of the ‘Newsroom of the Future’ rollout.
Last month HTFP reported that a voluntary redundancy scheme by Johnston Press across its Yorkshire Weekly Newspapers division had been oversubscribed, with 21 people applying and only 17 roles planned for the axe.