NUJ calls for role in job changes at the Mirror
17 July 2014
The Mirror is to merge the editorial teams of the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People, as part of a plan to introduce a single newsroom structure with journalists being expected to produce content across all platforms.
New digital roles are also being created – including a technology editor, a social media editor, and a money section editor. Further investment in video, social and data journalism is also planned.
Lloyd Embley, editor-in-chief of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People, said:
"Our journalism is read by a rapidly growing audience and this structure will allow us to produce more engaging and timely content across all our platforms. It will enable us to drive our digital growth and maintain the quality of our newspapers."
Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said:
"All media companies are grappling with the challenge of digital. It is important during these big changes that the confidence and morale of the journalists involved is maintained and that the pace of change does not damage work life balance for those taking part.
"The NUJ believes that it has a role to play in these transitions and wants to bring the experience that it has to ensure that the quality of content is maintained and that best practice ensures that readers and the audience benefit from the new opportunities.
"The greatest asset that a company has is the talent and skill of its journalists and we look forward to engaging with Trinity Mirror over the coming months on their digital investment and the changes they have outlined. It's crucial that the new opportunities offered by social media are grasped with sufficient investment in additional journalists and not done on the cheap."