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More photographic jobs go at regional publisher

The photographic team at a Newsquest-owned regional daily is being reduced by two as part of a fresh round of cutbacks.

York daily The Press is axeing the role of picture editor and reducing the number of staff photographers from four to three.

It is understood that the current picture editor has opted to take early retirement as part of the changes, while one of the four staff photographers on the newspaper’s books is leaving for a new job elsewhere and will not be replaced.

The news comes after the redundancy of two staff photographers at other Newsquest titles in Yorkshire was revealed last week.

Bob Smith, of the Keighley News, and national multi-award winner Steve Garnett, of the the Keighley News and Craven Herald, were axed in the same week that 20 subbing job losses were announced as part of the ongoing move to centralise production in Newport.

Earlier this year members of the National Union of Journalists working at The Press joined colleagues in Darlington and Bradford in holding a 24-hour strike in protest at plans to move production roles to the South Wales subbing hub.

Newsquest has yet to respond to requests for a comment on the redundancies.


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  • November 5, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Readers are well capable of supplying all the pics a paper needs to woo its audience. I just love those appealing snaps of WI members with lampposts and aerials growing out of their heads, and hot soccer action where the ball and the goalframe are unluckily out of shot – but good try there, Roger. New World Order, folks, so get used to it.

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  • November 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Send in your own snaps is called vanity publishing and is one of the biggest cons ever visited upon readers. The other is sent in copy.
    It is sold to the punters as a community contribution. Difficult to get more cynical, even for Newsquest, JP, Trinity and all the greedy big groups.

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