The news brand will recruit 20 journalists to join its team.
When DMGT brought the i paper in 2019, owner Lord Rothermere said “the business will benefit from DMGT’s long-term approach and commitment to investing in editorial content.”
That investment is now being seen after 20 new staff appointments were announced on Wednesday, growing the i’s news team from 31 to 44.
i editor-in-chief Oly Duff said: “We are excited to be investing in original journalism once again. i’s fast digital growth and the success of our print editions, especially iweekend, show our readers’ appetite for news reporting that they trust.
“Our non-partisan political coverage is especially important to i readers – 85% of them live outside the London bubble.
“The calibre of the journalists joining i is a statement of intent. We’re a growth project in British media but we have only just got started. 2021 is going to be a busy year in our newsroom.”
The recruitment drive includes a feature writer, visual data journalist, five news reporters, foreign editor, political reporter, audience development manager, two audience executives and an assistant national editor. And for iweekend, a feature writer and news features editor.
It was also announced that for the first time, print and digital will merge in a restructure of the newsroom.
In the coming months, it is understood that more appointments will be made as the news brand continues to invest in its journalism.
This week also saw the refresh of the i website – you can check it out here.