More Johnston Press photographers are set to lose their jobs as the company’s ongoing content review is extended to another region.
HTFP revealed last week that the whole of the company’s Midlands region will be left without any staff photographers following a review of how photographic content is generated.
Now it has emerged that the North-West is set to be the latest area subject to the review, although in this case the region is expected to keep some of its staff photographers.
Last week HTFP reported that all photographers in JP’s Midlands publishing region will soon be leaving the company, with the majority taking voluntary redundancy packages, although a small number of compulsory redundancies are expected.
Johnston Press said it was unable to comment further about the proposed changes in the North-West as discussions with affected staff are still ongoing.
However, a source told HTFP that a number of photographers are set to leave the company and around six are expected to remain to cover the whole North-West region under a pool arrangement.
For example, it is understood that of three photographers currently covering the East Lancashire area, which includes the Burnley Express, only one is expected to keep their job.
A spokeswoman for Johnston Press said: “Discussions are still ongoing in the North West publishing unit and as such we’re unable to comment.”
The publisher was criticised by the National Union of Journalists after we reported that JP’s Midlands unit would be left without staff photographers, which it described as a “dangerous” decision.
Johnston Press photographers in Scotland have also been hit by changes and the union said the publisher would no longer have staff photographers there but would instead rely on freelance agreements with some of those whose roles were axed.
The company is also expected to make increasing use of submitted pictures from readers and reporters taking photos on their phones.