Big changes for The Birmingham Post – reaction round-up

We’re just come back from a big announcement about the future of Trinity Mirror Midlands, part of that was a major announcement about the future of The Birmingham Post.

I think I want some of the dust to settle before blogging my own thought (and don’t want to gazump my Editor!), but I thought I’d provide a bundle of links to other people talking about what is happening.

I will post my thoughts a bit later, so if you want to leave some questions in the comments, I’ll try and answer them. Suffice to say there are some very interesting times ahead.

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7 Responses to “Big changes for The Birmingham Post – reaction round-up”


  1. 1 Paul Groves August 19, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    There are loads of questions.
    But one of my immediate thoughts is why is there so much more information on other sites about these radical changes than on TM’s own titles – particularly the Post – in the Midlands?
    Surely this would have been a good chance to make full use of the new website, blogs etc and put a positive spin on what is a major announcement, rather than have others do it for you?

    (I know I need to be asking the editor these rather than firing them at you, but still waiting for his blog to appear).

  2. 2 joannageary August 19, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I guess the answer is that other news organisations didn’t have to make the presentation this morning – it was our editors!

    There is stuff that will be put up in the next few hours. Keep an eye on the Post News Blog, for example.

  3. 3 Linda August 19, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks for round up, and all your Twitter updates. My old fashioned view is it’s a sad day when news of excellent journalists potentially losing their livelihoods isn’t deemed as important for ‘industry insider’ readers as what size a paper is going to be. Good luck to everyone, and I hope they can prosper wherever they end up.

  4. 4 Paul Groves August 19, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Point taken. But it would still be possible to write in advance and time it to appear when everyone else there is being told.

  5. 5 joannageary August 19, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    @Paul Groves

    I suppose the issue was that we were all told about this at the same time – the whole editorial floor in Birmingham, plus all the weekly editorial staff.

    But yes, I see your point.

  6. 6 Matt August 21, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Joana,

    Thanks for the link!

    We are wondering what this means for the future of regional journalism?
    Profit before quality doesn’t make sense.

    I would of thought that your title would of lead on the reasons for the action in order to lead the story, be hey we understand that this subject has its “politics” (understatement of the century.)

    I guess the above story time line just goes to show how quickly news breaks with the bloggers…

    Matt @ PRbristol


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