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Publisher redeploys 150 regional journalists to work across multiple titles

Michael GreenwoddAround 150 regional journalists are set to be redeployed to work across multiple titles in a single digital newsroom in a publisher’s restructure of its reporting operations.

Reach plc has confirmed the launch of the project, called the ‘Network Newsroom’, which will see reporters work across the group’s regional and national titles as required.

The company has declined to provide further detail to HTFP on how the scheme will work but says it will allow coverage of big stories to be “more generously” resourced.

Reach also believes it will give local newsrooms “more space to focus on delivering brilliant journalism”.

The company has not revealed whether the Network Newsroom will be executed on a pilot or permanent basis although it is understood around 150 reporters will be redeployed as a result.

The publisher has compared the project to the intra-company wire service ‘Reach Newswire’, which was launched in 2020 to share content across the group. Several jobs were created as a result to form a team led by former Daily Mirror executive editor Michael Greenwood, pictured.

A Reach spokeswoman told HTFP: “This week we’re launching a Network Newsroom team which will be made up of journalists from around the network, building on our existing and successful central structures such as the Reach Newswire.

“The Network Newsroom will allow us to be agile in how we deploy our editorial teams, resourcing big stories more generously and giving local teams more space to focus on delivering brilliant journalism.”