Changes for The Irish Times

The Irish Times have announced a string of changes to the newspaper and its journalism.

Designers Palmer Watson have worked with the paper to redesign it, making it “more modern, more readable, and more convenient to consume by virtue of being a little narrower in size.” At the same time, it is accelerating digital development.

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.

News, business and foreign coverage will feature more in the front part of the paper. Monday to Friday business supplements will extend coverage of 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.

Irish language coverage is being expanded, with more news, interviews and features, and featuring a standalone page on Wednesdays.

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 typical weekend consumption. Weekend Review will feature readers’ views in a more pronounced way. It will reflect online debate over the course of a week and controversies that arise from it.

Finally, "Thinking Anew" and "Church Notes" will be combined with details of weekend church services at the back of the paper. The Irish Times archive slot will feature in "Weekend Review".

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