Media Wales in web expansion

Media Wales is looking to employ six new internet journalists to work across its integrated newsroom. The company, which publishes the Western Mail, South Wales Echo, Wales On Sunday and Celtic weeklies, plans to appoint an online communities editor, a multimedia sports journalist as well as four multimedia journalists.

There were 10 jobs cut last year in order to fully integrate the newsroom and have journalists work across all titles. Although six new positions are to be advertised, existing staff could fill some of the positions.

As part of a management restructure there are now heads of news, sport, features, business, multimedia and production. Each newspaper will continue to have its own editor while former deputy editors will act as day editors under the title ‘executive editor”.

Assistant editor at the Western Mail Pete Morrell, who is to become head of multimedia, said: ‘One of the ideas of the changes is to make sure we are focused more on the presentation of news online. We will be breaking more news online, using video, audio and podcasts.

‘People will take a wider brief. It’s a big challenge because historically most journalists have only focused on their title. I think we’ll be able to make sure the newspapers will maintain their individual identity as they always have.”

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