Details of the radical changes at the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail and Sunday Mercury (which tends to be overlooked by commentators for some reason) have been published by The Guardian (and the BBC has a surprisingly inaccurate version up too. Edit - Which it has now corrected).
Four main points stand out for me:
- The newspapers will have an “integrated newsroom” – in other words, the majority of journalists will no longer work for just one paper, but for all three.
- Almost all writers will now become multimedia journalists.
- The internet versions of the papers are as important as the paper versions. News will go on the website when it is ready, rather than waiting for the paper version to come out. We do this to some extent already, but much less so than the nationals, most of which already seem to have a web-first strategy.
- There will be 65 redundancies (not all at the Post,
as the BBC says).
Jo Geary has a round-up of reaction. Mail Editor Steve Dyson and Post Editor Marc Reeves have both blogged about it, and I'm sure they'd be keen to read your comments if you fancy heading to their blogs and leaving any.