Print production takes a hit in latest paper cuts
But there will ‘always be a need for checks and balances’, says INM’s Vincent Crowley
Outgoing INM chief executive Vincent Crowley: “There is always going to be a need for checks and balances between the person writing the thing and it appearing in the paper.”
Subediting roles related to print production have taken the greatest hit in the various rounds of redundancies across the newspaper industry in recent years, and Independent News & Media (INM) has singled out the area for yet more cuts in 2014.
Under a €9 million cost-reduction scheme code-named Project Quantum, subediting and print production have been identified as INM’s main targets for savings, with some of the money set to be reinvested on the digital side of its business.
The “major impact”, according to outgoing INM chief executive Vincent Crowley, will be the closure of the Dublin office of outsourcing company Real-Time Editing & Design (RE&D), which was announced in January with the loss of 50 jobs. From here on, the process of cost retrenchment “gets more subtle”, he says, because the remaining targets are “less obvious”.
But is Crowley, who professed himself “bullish” on the future of print, confident that the traditional role of “subeditor” will survive?
“Titles will only get you so far in this. It’s really about what activities the person is doing,” he says.
“There is always going to be a need for checks and balances between the person writing the thing and it appearing in the paper. The question is how to make that process more efficient.”