NUJ seeks urgent talks with Telegraph over digital plans
8 October 2014
The NUJ is seeking urgent talks with the Telegraph over its radical plans to shift the focus to digital production – with the aim of moving towards 80 per cent digital only – and a new 6am to midnight shift pattern. The plans also include introducing new templates, so that production can be carried out by a small team.
According to a report in the Guardian, Jason Seiken, Telegraph Media Group editor-in-chief, said he had "cherry picked ideas from newspapers in North America and Europe, most notably Germany’s Die Welt, to introduce new editorial practices and a new production system".
The Guardian said staff were told there would be one integrated print/digital newsroom; two shifts worked each day, one from 6am and one ending at midnight; journalists to maximise social media and search engine optimisation; and more videos and interactive features.
Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said:
"The views of journalists must be at the heart of any digital transition strategy. Protecting and bolstering quality journalism remains paramount or readers will not buy the product, whatever format it’s in. These new shifts and working practices will have a big impact on the way Telegraph journalists will be expected to work. There must be meaningful consultation on these changes which also takes account of particular individual circumstances. There are many more questions that need to be answered on the strategy and the NUJ chapel will be meeting to discuss the plans."