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New newsroom model goes live at JPIMedia titles

Joy yates 1A new newsroom model which sees journalists split into three teams covering live news, specialist news and sport has gone live at JPIMedia’s major Scottish titles.

The ‘Digital Acceleration’ plan involves the creation of a single ‘One Scotland’ leadership team responsible for The Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News, Falkirk Herald, Fife Free Press and Scotland on Sunday.

The leadership team will work across all titles with journalists in the live news, specialist news and sports teams focusing on digital content, and a separate print and content unit responsible for publication of the printed titles.

For now, the team will continue to be headed by Joy Yates, pictured, who was drafted in to oversee the restructure alongside her role as editor-in-chief of JPIMedia’s North East of England titles.

Digital acceleration was originally announced in January then suspended in March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, before being recommenced in July.

JPIMedia’s smaller Scottish titles remain in their current structure and will report to Neil Pickford who runs the Advanced Community teams.

Editorial director Jeremy Clifford said in a message to staff: “This is the third deployment of the DA model – with the North East and North Midlands/South Yorkshire previously having moved into the new digital first way of working.

“My thanks to everyone in Scotland involved in this project and to the fantastic support from other areas of the business in getting us to this stage. We wish everyone in Scotland our best wishes in making this a success.”