Something in the wind; a new phase of newspapers’ digital evolution unfolds

Is there something in the wind?

Trinity Mirror announced this week that it is  restructuring all of its regional news operations with a renewed focus on digital content and a “specialist print publishing unit” at each base responsible for turning the day’s online news output into a newspaper (Press Gazette).

Local World has already embarked on its grand plan (outlined here by chief executive David Montgomery) that envisages most newspaper content being produced by third party contributors.

Johnston Press, meanwhile, is pinning its hopes on the growth in mobile, and on giving readers “greater ownership of news”.

Of the big four regional news companies only Newsquest, owned by US-based Gannett, is yet to show its hand on what appears to be playing out as the next big phase of the digital news evolution (disclosure: Newsquest is my employer).

A hint towards the company’s thinking, however, may be gleaned from a fascinating interview with Larry Kramer, the president of Gannett-owned US Today.

With Henry Faure Walker – Johnston Press digital director – taking over as Newsquest chief executive on April 1, it is possible that more about the company’s digital plans will be revealed.

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About John Wilson

Editor of Hereford Times, Ludlow Advertiser, Stroud News and Journal, Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard and Gloucestershire Gazette series. Journalist for more than 30 years.
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