INM editorial cuts to see 13 jobs lost

Thirteen jobs are to be lost as part of continued restructuring at Independent News and Media (INM) which will see the editorial staff of the Sunday World and Herald newspapers merge.

INM editorial cuts  to see 13 jobs lost

A programme of voluntary redundancies will be put in place which will see 13 journalists leave the newspapers’ staff.

A spokesperson for the media group declined to specify the breakdown of job losses in each title.

The latest step in the reorganisation of INM will effectively see journalists employed by either the Sunday World or the Herald — as is currently the case — but produce content for both titles.

Editorial staff of the two titles will also produce content for online first as part of the group’s “digital first” strategy.

Content produced by the newly combined staff — or versions thereof — will also appear on Indepent.ie which will act as a content hub.

Commenting on yesterday’s announcement, INM editor-in-chief, Stephen Rae said the re-organisation will allow the group to take advantage of improved work-flows.

“This is a fundamental restructuring of the production and reporting process by taking advantage of new systems, improvements and work-flows that have already been successfully introduced across the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent and The Herald,” said Mr Rae.

In June, INM chairman, Leslie Buckley said that further cost reductions of about €20m would be sought across this year and next, in addition to savings of about €20m that have already been made.

He added that, on the issue of monetisation of online content, the prospect of a pay wall was still being considered and was “not off the agenda”.

One of the newspapers involved in yesterday’s reorganisation, the Herald, was rebranded from the Evening Herald in March while around 50 journalists lost their jobs at an external copy-editing supplier, Realtime Editing & Design& following a decision by INM not to renew a contract held with that company.

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