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The UK’s National Union of Journalists is facing a “severe financial crisis,” according to a memo, written last month by the union’s general secretary Michelle Stanistreet.

In the memo, Stanistreet outlined the cuts that would be necessary in order to get the union back on track financially, including a £400,000 reduction in payroll costs and nine staff being made redundant. However, Press Gazette reports today that the union is now facing a “grassroots revolt” from members who don’t want to see the cuts go through.

According to the Stanistreet’s memo, the NUJ is suffering from a drop in subscription income, a crisis with its pension scheme, pressure on its members from the problems facing the journalism industry, and a reduction in assets and reserve cash as a result of “successive deficits.” “This combination of factors mean we have to take action,” writes Stanistreet, “sitting back and doing nothing is not an option.”

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-06-06 18:04

Spain’s economy and the newspaper industry have both been under pressure in recent years, to put it mildly. But now, in the opinion of the Spanish Federation of Journalists' Associations (FAPE), a crisis point has been reached. FAPE writes that 97% of its 20,000 journalist members are preparing to protest against threats to their industry on World Press Freedom Day on May 3, under the slogan “Without journalists, there is no journalism, without journalism, there is no democracy”.

FAPE members are preparing to “denounce the difficult situation that journalism is going through” in 41 cities across Spain, and the association is calling on the public to support its rallies.

According to FAPE, 6,234 journalists have been laid off since the financial crisis hit in 2008, 57 media organisations have been closed, and 23 have introduced redundancies. FAPE president Elsa González has blamed media executives for the industry’s current problems, and has accused them of “opting to dramatically reduce staff numbers without a clear commitment to innovation and training” instead of supporting “journalism adapted to the demands of people living in the 21st century”. 

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-05-02 13:51

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