Regional publisher Johnston Press has announced another raft of job losses affecting its titles in Yorkshire and the Midlands.
Now a further round of cuts is being proposed affecting JP titles in South Yorkshire and the North Midlands.
Two chief photographer roles and the equivalent of six full-time production roles are under threat as a result of the plans.
The proposed cuts were outlined in two internal memos issued to staff on Friday by John Bills, managing director of JP’s South Yorkshire and North Midlands business unit.
The first said: “The company has undertaken a detailed review of the Photographic Department and across the North Midlands and South Yorkshire Publishing Unit.
“As a result of this review it is proposed that there will be no requirement for the role of Chief Photographer in Doncaster and Sheffield.”
A second announcement stated: “The company has undertaken a detailed review of the editorial production and planning processes across the North Midlands and South Yorkshire Publishing Unit.
“As a result of this review, and the planned introduction of a new template design workflow, it is proposed that there will be a reduced requirement for the role of production Journalist/planner across the publishing unit.”
The consultation on the photographic roles is due to be completed by 29 June and the production roles by 27 July
Mr Bills said that in the event this proposal goes ahead, the company will endeavour to minimise the impact of the proposal through voluntary redundancy and re-deployment to alternative positions within the company and the group.
The National Union of Journalists has already condemned the plans and is meeting tomorrow to discuss its response.
At the last NUJ meeting in Sheffield, journalists held a vote of no confidence in management after the Sheffield Telegraph editor and Sheffield Star deputy editor were made redundant earlier this month.
General secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “If Johnston Press want to turn the company’s fortunes around they have to wake up to the fact that its journalists are its best asset.
“Losing experienced, talented, loyal staff who are passionate about the communities they serve, and the consequential impact on content and quality will do nothing to make more readers turn to their local newspapers, whether in print or online.”
Julia Armstrong, mother of chapel at the NUJ Sheffield Newspapers Chapel added: “Yet again Johnston Press staff are paying the price of poor investment decisions that have left the company at the mercy of the banks.
“The relaunch of the Sheffield Star and sister paper the Sheffield Telegraph this autumn should be an exciting opportunity but instead jobs are under threat yet again and the staff who are left are already stretched to the limit.”