The West Australian and the Channel Seven Perth have launched their integrated newsroom, claiming it as a world first and marking the occasion with supplement a special edition of the newspaper on Wednesday.
West Australian editor Brett McCarthy said the new newsroom at the paper’s offices at Osborne Park had brought The West right into the digital age and helped to secure the future of the newspaper.
“By bringing together the best journalistic brains in this state, we aim to produce even better journalism for our readers and viewers across all platforms – the printed newspaper, our website, even News and Today Tonight,” he said.
“We will not only have the ability to quickly and efficiently cover the big breaking stories here in WA but also we will be able to spend time examining issues that matter to our state in depth.
“The results will be able to be read in the printed newspaper, online and in other digital formats plus often seen on TV.”
Seven West Media executive chairman Kerry Stokes said the company’s leadership team had created a world first: an integrated single newsroom, with state-of-the-art digital technology that would enable the company’s journalists to gather and deliver news on any device or platform.
“It’s perhaps the most exciting development that secures The West’s future in this great state,” he said.
The move also saw the merging of the sales forces of The West Australian, Seven Perth, Red FM, Spirit Radio Network and thewest.com.au.
West Australian Newspapers chief executive Chris Wharton said the company had made a considerable investment in new state-of-the-art studios and facilities, including the newsroom “superdesk”.
He said there was in excess of 250 vision monitoring screens in the operational areas and control room and more than 30km of cabling have been installed.
The Perth move will be followed by NZME, formerly APN New Zealand, which plans to merge its Auckland operations including the New Zealand Herald, The Radio Network and GrabOne into a new building.
The move, to commence later this year, will bring together Herald staff with the team from radio station Newstalk ZB in the one newsroom.
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