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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

160 new bloggers expected

News quality cut-backs announced by Fairfax:

New Zealand chief executive Joan Withers told NZPA 160 of those jobs are on this side of the Tasman, but some have already gone through "attrition" or through rationalisation already under way in centralising some sub-editing at newspapers.

"Editorial cuts are mostly in the sub-editing area," he said.
"In terms of the front-end journalist area there might be some, but main thrust is in the sub-editing."
Fairfax publishes nine New Zealand daily newspapers, including the Dominion-Post in Wellington and The Press in Christchurch, and in July announced sub-editors at Wellington and Christchurch would produce some sections of the other papers at a centralised "hub".

And note there is no EPMU reaction - the journalists' union - in this story. Mr Little is probably busy tarring and feathering one of their own class traitor defectors to focus on this one. Their press release makes a few good points:

The 160 redundancies were announced today and follow the Australian media giant registering a profit of AU$387 million - a 47% increase on the previous return.
Further reducing newsrooms will only mean more of their already overworked journalists will struggle to give properly researched treatment to their stories and as a result their readers will not get the information they need to make informed decisions in their day to day lives."

The "hub" - sounds like some sort of alien colony.


At 27/8/08 8:27 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Editorial cuts are mostly in the sub-editing area," he said.

Great. More poorly written, factually inaccurate articles coming our way.

At 28/8/08 10:18 am, Anonymous Richard Hurst said...

160 new applications to join the PM's communications staff.


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