I can’t recall as drastic and sudden a downsizing in editorial staff as that announced by Trinity Mirror today:
Trinity Mirror is to make 200 editorial staff across its three national titles – the Daily and Sunday Mirror, and The People – redundant.
The job cuts come as the company announces the creation of new multimedia newsrooms linked to the introduction of its web-based content management system, ContentWatch.
Some 30% of the 200 people who will be made redundant are casuals, meaning that 140 full-time posts are to go. Given that the total staffing across the three titles is 554, it means an overall reduction in journalistic jobs of more than 25%.
Don’t know anything at all about the Mirror’s implementation of ContentWatch (which is essentially CMS-as-a-service and boasts an extraordinary line-up of customers). Would love to find out. As would every newsprint managing director in the country, I reckon. When was the last time you heard about a CMS implementation that was so successful you could get rid of a quarter of your journalists?