Newsplex Reports on Newsroom Transformation

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By: E&P Staff

Newsplex, the newsroom consultancy and “training academy” of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has released two reports on recent newsroom reorganization projects in Europe.

The reports provide case studies of Ringier’s Blick Group in Switzerland, which now operates out of a multi-title newsroom, and Archant in the United Kingdom, which transformed the operations of five editorial centers and more than 60 titles.

In 2008, Blick’s project began with the objective of running three newspapers and an online portal from a common, integrated newsroom. The new report is an account of that change, from the physical architecture to the management structures to the impact on marketing and identity.

Archant is Britain’s largest independently owned regional media business, with interests in regional newspaper and magazine publishing, contract printing and Internet communications. By transforming all its newspapers’ editorial operations by employing new workflows and technology, “it has raised the standards for regional publishing organizations to fundamentally change how content is planned, created and produced across a large number of titles,” according to WAN-IFRA.

Both reports will be available at the IFRA Expo in Hamburg, Oct. 4-6, and can be ordered by contacting Dietmar Schantin, WAN-IFRA executive director of publishing, editorial and general management, at dietmar.schantin@wan-ifra.org.

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