The Derry Journal is planning a move from its offices on Buncrana Road to more modern accommodation in the city.
Managing director Jean Long said the sale of the existing offices was completed in recent days, with agreement that the staff will remain on site while new offices are arranged.
She said; “We have offices in mind. There are some details to be finalised, and then it will take some time to have communications installed and the offices set up the way we want them.”
Ms Long said the Buncrana Road offices had served the Journal well since the early seventies, when the paper’s operations moved from Shipquay Street, but it’s time for a change.
“We will have more suitable and more modern offices in a good location which will be convenient for our customers calling in to place advertisements or to talk about a story or a photograph. We all have fond memories from the times here at Buncrana Road, but I think people will also be looking forward to the move to state-of-the-art accommodation.
“It’s all part of plans to move the Journal forward in what is very much a changing media landscape. We’re part of exciting plans by the Johnston Press group to invest in improvements in newspaper design, and to develop what we offer online, particularly our website, which is growing fast.”
The Derry Journal is operating business as usual at the Buncrana Road offices while some preliminary work is undertaken at the site. The landmark ‘Derry Journal’ gates have been taken down and are in safe keeping pending the move to the next headquarters for the paper, founded back in 1772.