An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny has formally opened the new digital-led news hub for Independent News & Media, located at the company’s Talbot Street office in Dublin.
This new centralised news hub will facilitate and manage editorial and content for the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, The Herald, Sunday World and Independent.ie.
The development of the centralised newsdesk came after and examination of the previous editorial systems in the Talbot Street office, and the project was implemented following research into international best practice for operating newsrooms in a rapidly changing news-publishing environment.
The change to using a centralised news desk has been accompanied by a re-design of the newsroom and has been supported by investments in both technology and training.
This shared news desk will allow for news to be shared easily across INM’s newspapers. However, the editors of each title will retain independence, with core teams of journalists for each publication, and significant resources to commission, produce and direct content for their respective newspapers.
Stephen Rae, Group Editor-in-Chief, Independent News & Media explained, “We studied the best newsrooms across the globe and the content hub we’ve developed here was specifically designed for INM.”
“Our online and editorial teams now operate from the one floor. This mix of journalists and digital experts in the one space will drive our technology focus and lead to the best online offering available,” he added.
Meanwhile, Leslie Buckley, chairman of Independent News & Media said, “It can be safely asserted that INM now has the most modern fit-for-purpose news management system in this country. However, it is important that we will continue to innovate and change in an ever evolving market environment.”
This year also say INM introduce its graduate programme for the editorial department, which has recruited 14 graduates in the Republic of Ireland to be based in the Talbot Street office, and one in Northern Ireland, who will operate from Belfast.
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