A weekly newspaper will no longer be based in the town it serves after its base was shut as part of Johnston Press’s programme of office closures.
The Hucknall Dispatch has been based in the Nottinghamshire town for more than 100 years but its Yorke Street building closed its doors for good on Friday.
Staff are moving across the county boundary with Derbyshire to work at the offices of sister title the Ilkeston Advertiser, eight miles away.
A story in this week’s paper said regular surgeries would be held in Hucknall by the news team and a ‘community postbox’ would be based at a local newsagents for people to drop off adverts and family notices.
It is the latest of a string of newspaper office closures by Johnston Press which are being made so the company can release funds to ensure its remaining buildings are “fit for purpose” and pay down its £350m debt.
The Dispatch’s story said journalists would be based in the community more and details of its reporter surgeries would be printed in the paper each week.
It added that membes of the public could also visit reporters at their new base in Ilkeston.
Deputy editor Martin Hutton told readers: “New technology means our reporters do not have to based at an office — they will be out and about and you will see them much, much more.”
Last month, Johnston Press announced the closure of five newspaper offices in South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
The company said it would shut the main offices of the Matlock Mercury, Ripley and Heanor News and South Yorkshire Times in Mexborough, along with two satellite offices of the Mansfield Chad in Mansfield town centre and Sutton-in-Ashfield.
Johnston Press chief executive Ashley Highfield has defended the office closures, saying the aim was to release funds to improve the remaining offices and ensure staff have the technology they need to work remotely.
The company has not yet responded to requests for a comment on the closure of the Dispatch office.