Stuff is working with staff to build a local news model that sidesteps the obstacles regional publishers face. All journalists affected will continue to hold posts at the company.
The new model will have a regional reporting team, including a group regional editor, news directors, reporters and visual journalists.
Chief content officer Joanna Norris said:
“Our journalism is valued and supported in local communities, so we’ve worked hard to keep boots on the ground with a strong and flexible regional operation, where most national media organisations no longer have news teams.
“Local news and accountability is important – this was stressed by our teams during consultation and also by people from local communities who got in touch. Through these changes we have ensured local journalists can stay based in local communities.”
The new model is expected to be in place by Dec. 5.