More jobs are set to go with other new roles being created at two of Trinity Mirror’s regional centres as the company’s rolling restructure continues.
Around 12 redundancies are expected in Cornwall after plans were unveiled to replace three weekly newspaper companion websites with a single site covering the whole county.
The changes, which are in line with those already announced at the company’s titles in Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Kent and Essex, will also see an unspecified number of new roles created.
In a separate move, the company has announced what amounts to a net increase of two roles at its Newcastle centre, with four posts at risk, four new ones created, and two vacant positions being filled.
Their existing websites will disappear and be replaced by a new site covering the whole of Cornwall but with hyperlocal content.
A Trinity Mirror spokesperson said: “We have announced the proposals for the new newsroom structure in Cornwall. In line with the strategy and approach across Trinity Mirror, the proposed changes are built around a digital strategy backed by an editorial structure which ensures we are adapting to the changing landscape and growing a local and engaged audience.
“The proposed changes will see the launch of a new website covering the whole of Cornwall but with hyperlocal content, to replace the current three websites we have. This has been a successful model in other areas and helps us to better serve our audience with the information they want and need in one place.
“Our team of patch reporters across Cornwall will work alongside an expanded content desk and production team. We anticipate some redundancies but will also create a number of new roles aimed at improving the content we produce for all platforms, including our print titles the West Briton, Cornishman and Cornish Guardian.
“Elsewhere, there are some proposed changes in Newcastle which would see a handful of roles made redundant but more roles created / filled. This is part of ensuring we have colleagues covering the topics that are most relevant to our audience.”
According to the National Union of Journalists, the Newcastle changes will see the loss of two photographer roles, an agenda writer and a social media editor.
The new roles being created are for a head of content, head of audience engagement, a fan writer for Newcastle and Sunderland football teams and a Sunderland city writer. In additon existing vacancies for a multi-media journalist and a content curator will be filled.
Commenting on the Newcastle announcement, Chris Morley, NUJ Northern and Midlands organiser, said: “The merry-go-round of misery continues within Trinity Mirror with a central group strategy that is still not answering the key question our members pose – when will digital growth bring with it the revenue needed to sustain quality journalism?
“In Newcastle’s case, we see the axe poised over a number of roles that considerably assist in driving up digital hits – particularly photographic where we know online picture galleries are generally very successful and videos which we have been led to believe drive digital revenue.
“We will be looking closely at the company’s policy to rely increasingly on freelance photographers. The sad fact is that low pay rates and high capital costs are driving individuals out of the news sector so the company’s ability to use freelances in the future is very much open to question.
“We will be supporting all our members put at risk by these latest proposals and expect that where individuals wish to stay, suitable work is found for them.”