Mr Fry came out to talk to the reporters who are on indefinite strike and had a 25 minute informal discussion with them.
The strikers, currently in their third week of indefinite strike action, told him of their concerns about job cuts, office closures, excessive workloads and the declining standards of the newspapers.
When asked if South Yorkshire Newspapers would consider discussions through ACAS – an offer made by strikers last week – Mr Fry replied “no”.
He added: “We prefer to talk directly with our colleagues.”
Striker Jonathan Jurejko from the Doncaster Free Press, said: “He and John Bills came out and listened to us. It was a full and frank discussion and we wanted to get over out concerns as a chapel as a whole.
“John Bills told us to go back to work then we can sit down and discuss things.”
Union members are in dispute with management over a proposed 18 editorial job cuts at the titles, which are currently being produced by skeletal staff.
Chris Morley, the National Union of Journalists’ northern and midlands organiser said: “While it is good that our striking members were able to put the issues directly to the chief executive, we should be having proper discussions with reps without the threat of our members losing their jobs.”
Johnston Press had not provided a comment at time of publication.