Fairfax (the Stuff people) made an announcement yesterday.
Further changes for Fairfax newsrooms are likely, with management unveiling plans on Thursday to restructure editorial staff into local teams and specialist areas – and away from being clustered around the company’s newspapers.
Staff were told of the proposal – which is another step in the media company’s refocus to digital news – in a series of meetings across the country. There will be a period of consultation with final decisions expected in mid June.
Many jobs have been earmarked for disestablishment, others will be rescoped, and new roles will be created. Fairfax declined to provide numbers of how many roles were affected but executive editor Sinead Boucher said the proposal was not about reducing headcount.
“We are boosting our reporting capability in small and large communities, and by streamlining our print-focused production processes, increasing the ratio of content creators from just over half to almost two thirds.”
“We need digital-first, socially driven newsrooms that are structured to produce quality journalism for different audiences and across platforms – and this is an exciting structure geared towards building a dynamic, responsive newsroom.
“It’s an entirely different way of operating that puts our journalists even closer to the communities they cover,” Boucher said.
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