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Plans to close the Galloway News office were confirmed last month

Five Trinity Mirror newspaper offices across Scotland are to be closed in moves to create regional news "hubs".

Sites at East Kilbride, Rutherglen, Coatbridge, Wishaw and its Irvine factory will shut with 11 job losses.

Last month the company confirmed plans to shut an office in Castle Douglas and transfer staff to Dumfries.

Scottish and Universal Newspapers (S&UN), which is part of Trinity Mirror, has 17 titles throughout south and west Scotland, Lothian and Tayside.

Under the plans six news "hubs" will be created.

Southern - Galloway News and Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Ayrshire/W Strathclyde - Ayrshire Post, Kilmarnock Standard, Irvine Herald, Lennox Herald
Paisley - Paisley Daily Express
South Lanarkshire - Hamilton Advertiser, East Kilbride News, Rutherglen Reformer
North Lanarkshire and Lothian - Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser, Wishaw Press, Lothian Courier
Central/Tayside - Stirling Observer, Perthshire Advertiser, Blairgowrie Advertiser, Strathearn Herald

They will produce between one and four newspaper titles each.

The plans also include proposals to train reporters as "multimedia journalists".

The company said the action was being taken in light of a "challenging trading environment".

Bill Steven, S&UN's managing director, said: "We will continue to provide the local communities we serve with the very best local news, information and entertainment through our print and digital brands.

"Nothing in that respect will change."

However, he said the industry faced difficult times and it was essential to make changes now to "safeguard the future of our business and our journalism".

"This reorganisation will allow us to better position ourselves for the future and ensure we take full advantage of the opportunities presented to us in this multimedia age," he said.

National Union of Journalists Scottish organiser Paul Holleran said the proposals were preferable to large-scale redundancies.

He said: "I always think local newspapers should be on the local main street."

"But it is a better answer than we are seeing in a lot of other companies."

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