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Journalists from across the country rally round to support MEN colleagues

Staff from newspapers around the country will be heading to Manchester over the next 10 days to support colleagues from the Manchester Evening News.

Trinity put a call out to all their regional titles to help out and allow Manchester reporters to take a break from working around the clock.

30 journalists from Cambridge, Newcastle, Liverpool, Teesside, Derby, Cardiff, Bath, Grimsby, Cheltenham and Football.London will take part.

“The first of our colleagues have arrived and they are already making a massive contribution to our coverage. We have some critically important events taking place this weekend in Greater Manchester, including a range of memorial services, vigils and culminating on Sunday with thousands of runners taking part in the Great Manchester Run. And with our colleagues’ support we can continue to ensure the very best of reporting across our region,” said Rob Irvine, editor in chief of the Manchester Evening News.

The Irish Mirror team in Northern Ireland will also take on subbing work for the print editions.

“It has been a very dark week for Manchester but the MEN team has won praise from around the world for their reporting of the arena bomb attack,” added Neil Benson, Trinity Mirror’s editorial director regionals.

“The response to our request for staff from other Trinity Mirror newsrooms to go to Manchester was instant and truly heartwarming.

“They will be working on the many follow-up angles, which gives them an opportunity to be involved in a once-in-a-generation story, and will enable the MEN to maintain the outstanding quality of its coverage.”

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