A feature writer named the best in the UK at last week’s Regional Press Awards is among five editorial staff at risk in planned cuts to a regional daily’s features operation.
The move would also see some locally produced features pages replaced by content created centrally at Trinity Mirror’s shared content unit.
Among those whose jobs are understood to be under threat is Lee Marlow, who was named Feature Writer of the Year for the third year running at last Friday’s Regional Press Awards.
The role of features editor, currently held by Jeremy Clay, is also set to disappear as a result of the proposed changes.
In 2013, Jeremy picked up the Supplement of the Year prize at the RPAs on behalf of the Mercury’s More Magazine team.
Trinity Mirror said in a statement: “The Leicester Mercury’s editorial operation has been reviewed in the light of the need to focus local editorial resources on creating and managing content which best serves our multimedia audience and at the same time to manage our costs efficiently in what remains a challenging economic environment.
“As a result it is proposed that the volume of features content published in print and online will be reduced. This would involve a reduction in features pagination. Some locally produced features pages would be replaced by content created for use across titles by the Trinity Mirror Shared Content Unit (SCU).
“Should the proposal go ahead, and as a result of the proposed reduction in work activity within this team, there would be a reduction in headcount of three full time employees.
“The process of consultation with those affected by this proposal is now under way.”
The latest proposals come after the company cut four photographer roles at the newspaper last month.
Yesterday Trinity Mirror announced changes to a number of titles across England and Wales which could see more than 15 jobs lost overall.
Around 75 roles have been lost or placed at risk since TM’s £220m takeover of Local World last autumn.