An online campaign has been launched to save the job of a weekly editor whose role was axed after his paper posted a 2.1pc sales rise.
Now friends and supporters of Jon have launched a #saveourstokoe campaign on Twitter in a bid to persuade publishers Johnston Press to think again about the move.
It has so far attracted support from a number of other senior regional press journalists as well as national media figures such as the BBC’s Jeremy Vine.
Jon is currently in consultation over his future after being told the company plan to merge his job with that of Scarborough News editor Ed Asquith.
He learned of the move the day after the Gazette posted a 2.1pc sales rise in last week’s ABC figures, making it the 6th best performing paid-for weekly in the country.
Johnston Press has said only that it is currently going through a consultation process with some members of staff in Whitby. This is expected to be completed later this month.
In addition to axing the editor role, the company is also planning to sell the Gazette’s offices overlooking Whitby Harbour, and house its remaining staff in a smaller office in the town.
“Heartwarming to see all messages of support for @gazetteinwhitby editor @jonstokoe. Papers like his need dedicated editors,” he Tweeted.
In a Tweet to Ashley he wrote: “Can I suggest that you look urgently at what appears to be a poor decision re @jonstokoe at the Whitby Gazette?
The campaign is being spearheaded by local businesswoman Vicky Dixon, who runs Whitby Seafish, a fresh fish supplier and smokehouse. She is urging local businesses and readers to boycott the Gazette unless the decision is reversed.
Jon tweeted today: “So many calls, texts and messages. Thank you each and every one of you, I am completely overwhelmed and humbled.”