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Charleston Gazette-Mail in transition phase

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Charleston Gazette-Mail is continuing its transition toward one stronger, deeper news organization following the consolidation of The Charleston Gazette and Daily Mail newsrooms.

News and sports employees of the two previous newspapers heard the organization’s plan and timeline for consolidating to a single newsroom during a company meeting Monday.

Publisher Susan Shumate and co-editors Brad McElhinny, former Daily Mail editor and publisher, and Rob Byers, former Gazette executive editor, described the timeline and process that the organization will use to consolidate to a single, stronger newsroom.

The editors are reviewing the organization’s needs and will post all available newsroom positions by July 31. That will include reporters, photographers, editorial writers and copy desk personnel. All current employees of both newspapers are eligible to apply for any position in the new consolidated newsroom, and must apply in order to be considered.

Employees will be interviewed for positions they are interested in, and the organization expects to finalize staffing decisions by Aug. 21.

“The Charleston Gazette-Mail will have a considerably larger newsroom than either the Daily Mail or Gazette had in the past,” Shumate said. “This will allow us to produce more local coverage as well as strengthen our online presence with more breaking news and multimedia.”

Currently, the Gazette has 45 newsroom positions, while the Daily Mail has 33. The combined newsroom is expected to have about 65…

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