'The Irish Times' - smarter look, size and content
‘The Irish Times’ is enhancing the newspaper and its journalism at a time of rapid digital development
FROM MONDAY, The Irish Times will change in look and size. Most significantly, our journalism will be strengthened to better serve our readers from Monday to Friday, and to do so in a distinctive way at the weekend.
Renowned designers Palmer Watson have joined us in redesigning the newspaper to make it more modern, more readable, and more convenient to consume by virtue of being a little narrower in size.
We have talked to readers, regular and occasional, about how they read the paper, their preferences and what engages them. We have taken on board research on the case for change in presentation of our journalism today, particularly in response to how people consume news through a wide variety of devices and yet retain an affinity for print.
The Irish Times is serving more and more readers in a rapidly emerging digital world but we believe an outstanding newspaper, and its approach to generating journalism, has an important place in that turbulent, constantly changing mix.
That is why we are improving our newspaper and at the same time accelerating digital development while providing journalism to our readers in tune with their lifestyle.
The daily news digest or summary will move from the side of the front page to the bottom, to allow for better display of Irish Times photographs and lead stories. The carefully thought-out design means we will still cover a wide range of stories.
The smarter look in print will be complemented by more extensive, original journalism from our reporters, correspondents and feature writers. That is what our readers cherish most.
News, business and foreign coverage will feature more in the front part of the paper, especially where we are in a position to provide context on news, events and trends that shape people’s lives, and to offer explanation and illumination. It will include notable stories of contemporary Ireland – the good, the bad, the challenging, the humorous and the inspiring – and our take on the world through Irish eyes facilitated in the main by our team of foreign correspondents. We will continue to invest more in global coverage than any other Irish news organisation.
The changes are balanced carefully to retain the core of The Irish Times; including elements – some long-established favourites, others innovative – that make it so compelling for readers.
Our Monday to Friday business supplements will have extended coverage on personal finance (with the investment units page carried on Tuesdays), food, agribusiness, jobs and management. Pricewatch, edited by Conor Pope, is moving to the main paper on Mondays.
Other supplements on health (HealthPlus, which is becoming Health+Family), sport, and entertainment (The Ticket), as well as The Irish Times Magazine on Saturday, will continue to feature high-quality reporting and writing combined with strong visual elements.
Irish language coverage is being expanded, with more news, interviews and features written by our correspondents, and featuring in its own standalone page on Wednesdays.
The Irish Times Weekend
The weekend paper on Saturdays will reflect more significant aspects of the week. It will also be marked by more writing and news features compatible with consumption over a typical weekend.