“Before we had four publications and the editors didn’t talk to each other,” said Fionnuala O’Leary, the Executive Editor of Independent.ie in a phone interview. “Now we are going from silo-ed, product-sliced teams to a new group dynamic. Everyone will sit next to each other and hear each other, so you can’t ignore people.”
Scrapping the old office layout which separated the different brands across two floors, the new design aims to improve collaboration and communications. Shaped like an eye, with editorial on one side and the digital developers and business team on the other, the new newsroom puts digital in the center and includes many casual meeting spaces to encourage interactions.
“We have adult conversations between the editors,” said O’Leary. “We are thinking about content, not just about the brand,.” According to the new structure, one reporter can bring in content and it will be diced up across different brands; if it’s live feed, it goes on the web; if it is analysis, it will hold for the dailies; if it is an exclusive interview, it will be reserved for the Sunday papers.”
Good thing they all get along with each other.
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Via Liquid Newsroom