Date

Wed - 13.12.2017


Employment

UK regional publisher Archant plans to make seven deputy editors posts redundant and to centralise the production of six of its north London newspapers, Press Gazette reported.

The publisher's Bethnal Green office will close and all staff will be transferred to Ilford at the end of November. This office will house a "common editorial production unit," which will lay out pages for Archant's Recorder series, the Barking and Dagenham Post, Stratford and Newham Express, East London Advertiser, Hackney Gazette, Stoke Newington Gazette and Docklands. The deputy editor posts from these papers will be made redundant, as well as one from Archant's Times series.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-10-29 19:28

Although 85 percent of public relations practitioners in the United States are women, 80 percent of top management in the field are male, according to numbers from the Public Relations Society of America, reported by Ragan.com yesterday. And, although females dominate the field, they also generally earn less than men.

"Any time a profession becomes feminized, salaries tend to become depressed and the status of the profession tends to go down," said Brenda Wrigley, chairwoman of the PR department at Syracuse University. She pointed to the nursing field as another example, the article noted.

Image: Mad Men, via TVWeek

Women are drawn to PR because "entry-level skills match well with what they earn in educational areas with large representation of women, such as the humanities. Women have tended to be good at writing, presentation, event planning and technician skills," the article states.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-10-05 18:29

The Huffington Post's most touted citizen journalist, Mayhill Fowler, has quit the Huffington Post, according to a blog posted on Washington Post. She is known for scooping the pros twice during the 2008 presidential campaign, recording Bill Clinton's tirade against Vanity Fair writer Todd Purdum and quoting Barack Obama saying working class voters "cling to guns or religion."

Fowler took to her own blog to explain why she quit: "I want to be paid for my time and effort - or at a minimum, to get a little remuneration in return for the money I spend myself in order to do original reportage. I would not expect to be paid for punditry. The Huffington Post business model is to provide a platform for 6,000 opinionators to hold forth. Point of view is cheap. I would never expect to be paid there when the other 5,999 are not. However, the journalism pieces I have done in the past year seem to me as good as anything HuffPost's paid reporters Sam Stein and Ryan Grim produce. Why do they get money, and I do not? I don't recall either of them writing the story about Barack Obama waxing large on "clinging to guns and religion," which seems more and more as time goes by to be the one big story out of the last presidential election to live on. Or at least it is the one that journalists and pundits are quoting regularly now."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-28 19:44

Trinity Mirror is planning to cut four editor positions in its Celtic weekly titles and replace them with a single editor-in-chief, Press Gazette reported.

Media Wales, the unit which publishes the papers, informed its employees of this restructure plan among its Celtic titles and the decision to put the editorial teams under the immediate control of one editor, BBC News reported.

The four editors currently cover seven titles including the Merthyr Express, Rhymney Valley Express, Gwent Gazette, Pontypridd Observer, Rhondda Leader, Glamorgan Gazette and Cynon Valley Leader.

"Since the introduction of our multimedia newsroom in 2008, we have been working with the weekly titles to produce our Celtic newspaper series in the most effective way possible for our readers and advertisers," said Alan Edmunds, publishing director of Media Wales in a memo to staff. "It is our belief that the future development and operational requirements of these titles as well as the needs of the communities that they engage will be better served by a new approach, taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by our multimedia news operations."

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-09-28 18:00

Free daily newspaper group Metro International announced that it assigned the position of its first ever global head of marketing to Christian Quarles, who joined the firm in 2004, Marketing Magazine reported today.

Quarles will be in charge of Metro International's first worldwide branding campaign that is commencing in 2011, after a decision was made to forgo the "traditional" concept of hiring a creative agency to help with the task. He pointed out that the team would consist of the "best freelancers" of the industry, Brand Republic wrote.

"One of my most important tasks will be to lead this brand team in order to turn Metro into a global premium brand - highly recognised by readers, advertisers, employees and competitors alike," Quarles added.

The freesheet is published by Metro International in over 100 prominent cities across the globe, aside from the United Kingdom, where Metro is owned by Associated Newspapers. Quarles (right) previously worked for international skincare corporation Beiersdorf and Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet. He is currently the marketing director of Metro in Sweden.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-23 20:38

The Miami Herald announced Thursday that its parent company would cut 49 jobs, according to the AFP article posted on Google News.

Those jobs impacted include seven full-time and two part-time in the Miami Herald newsroom, four full-time and two part-time newsroom positions at its Spanish-language title El Nuevo Herald.

According to publisher David Landsberg in a letter to employees, "These actions come in response to the volatility of the economic recovery, a situation that is affecting many industries." He added that the job elimination is across all divisions through voluntary buyouts and involuntary layoffs, UPI reported.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-09-16 22:58

The number of mainstream journalism jobs in the United Kingdom has been cut by between 27 percent and 33 percent over the past decade, settling at about 40,000, according to a report called "Laid Off," by the University of Central Lancashire and Journalism.co.uk.

At the same time, the number of journalism university graduates is on the rise and has never been higher, paidContent.co.uk points out. "The reality is that only a fraction of the many thousands of graduates from UK journalism courses will find a place in the mainstream industry," said François Nel, director of the Journalism Leaders Programme at UCLAN and primary author of the report. (Note: Nel is also an SFN research partner).

Although the journalists had experienced hard times, from pay cuts to layoffs, journalism was still found to be a rewarding profession, with almost 70 percent saying that they would still have chosen journalism as a career, even if they had known these difficult times were waiting.

"These voices can help inform media managers, union officials, policy makers, training bodies, educators, would-be journalists, those still working and, perhaps most importantly, the thousands of other journalists who have left - or have been forced out - of the profession," the report states.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-09-08 15:40

Postmedia Network Inc, which bought Canwest's newspaper division in July, has started to cut employees at some of its dailies as part of the company's restructuring process, The Globe and Mail reported Friday.

"Everyone is busy preparing budgets and they're reviewing their needs and their staffing components based upon the digital-first philosophy and any restructuring they have to do with respect to it," Postmedia chief executive officer Paul Godfrey told Canadian Business.

He declined to comment on the number of employees that will be affected by these measures. However, The Globe and Mail reported that 20 jobs have been cut at the Edmonton Journal and other 30 have been let go at the Calgary Herald.

"To meet the changing climate that all media are trying to meet it's going to involve some layoffs, and that's the unfortunate part," spokeswoman Phyllise Gelfand said in an interview with Canadia Business, while explaining that the cuts were going to vary among the dailies as each one is in change of its budget.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-09-06 15:59

Considering the major shift of readers from traditional news sources to digital media, changes were announced today at Utah's longest publishing daily, Deseret News. The U.S. newspaper will reduce its newsroom staff numbers by nearly half and introduce new strategic initiatives to serve massive audiences globally, TheSaltLakeTribune.com reported today.

Like many other newspapers, Utah's second largest daily faced a difficult choice - to either reduce staff and reinvent itself or to stop publishing. The newspaper chose the former; and despite declining ad revenues, the newspaper's readership showed an increase of 20 percent in 2009, the highest growth rate experienced by any newspaper in the country, according to a blog post by the newspaper's editorial page editor, Jay Evensen.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-08-31 22:29

USA Today announced plans for the most extensive reorganisation in its 28-year history, including cutting 9 percent of its staff and shifting its emphasis to digital media operations, according to the New York Times' blog.

Company spokesman Ed Cassidy said it plans to shed its workforce by 130 employees across the company, Toronto Sun reported.

The move is aimed to move away from print, according to David Hunke, the president and publisher, in a company press release. "This significant restructuring reflects USA Today's evolution from a newspaper company to a multiplatform media company," Hunke said, Editors Weblog reported.

In order to respond to the increasingly new media consumption, USA Today created five new departments, including Business Development, Product Development and Design, Vertical Development, Digital Development and USA TODAY Sports, Politico reported.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-08-27 21:42

Syndicate content

© 2015 WAN-IFRA - World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

Footer Navigation