New Zealand Media and Entertainment’s planned newsroom integration will take place in December, with journalists moving to a new purpose-built multi-platform newsroom in Auckland.
The newsroom will have an “audience-first” focus, and deliver better journalism and content to audiences, New Zealand Herald managing editor Shayne Currie said.
Editors from digital, print, visual, radio and production will work closely with social media and audience analytic experts.
The newsroom will have two production studios and a multi-purpose video studio.
“By bringing our digital, print, radio, video and photo teams together in one, integrated 24/7 operation, we harness a power that’s unique in New Zealand,” Mr Currie said.
“We can deliver journalism and content to audiences and readers when they want it and how they want it.”
Being “mobile-first” has always been a priority for NZME, Mr Currie said, and the new newsroom would make this easier.
Moving to the new building will be journalists from the New Zealand Herald, Herald on Sunday, NZME news agency, Newstalk ZB, and Radio Sport.
More than 250 journalists will work in the newsroom, and new roles will be created in the digital and data journalism areas.
“Data journalism – using statistics and data as a source for interactive and in-depth storytelling – is playing a critical role as we extend our quality journalism offering,” Mr Currie said.
Other new roles have also been created, including business editor-at-large. This will be filled by former business editor Liam Dann.
Two new Weekend writer positions have been created, with one of them going to Sunday Star-Times writer Kim Knight.
NZME will also have a new head of sport. Trevor McKewen will be responsible for sports journalists in print, digital, and radio.
There will be about 15 redundancies, Mr Currie said.