Nine photographers are set to be made redundant at a trio of Newsquest-owned dailies across the North of England.
Photographic staff at the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, Northern Echo and The Press, York, have been informed of the plans, due to come into force next month.
Four jobs are set to be lost at the Echo’s Darlington base, with the same number departing from York and Bradford.
At each title a new position of picture co-ordinator will be created at each newspaper, with one of those made redundant likely to be offered the role.
It is understood those who leave the company will be given top priority to carry out freelance work on its behalf, while more reliance will be place on reporters taking photographs and reader submitted pictures.
A consultation period is now taking place with affected staff, with the plans due to be enforced from 1 October.
The latest cull follows a similar move at Newsquest titles in the region in December, which saw Echo chief photographer Richard Doughty and his deputy Andy Lamb leave as part of a review across the company’s North East and Yorkshire titles.
The Press also axed the role of picture editor and reduced the number of staff photographers.
A statement from the National Union of Journalists chapel in Darlington said: “The latest redundancies mean the centre will have lost six out of seven photographers in less than a year, leaving only one photographer in place in a newly-created ‘co-ordinator’ role.
“It is a further blow to the editorial department, which is already reeling from the consequences of staff cuts during the year. It will have severe implications for the publications with regard to the quality of its photographic coverage.”
The move is the latest in a series of photographic cutbacks at other Newsquest papers in recent months, with the group reducing the number of staff photographers and increasing the use of freelances.
In February, it was announced that two picture desk roles would be axed at the Southern Daily Echo to be replaced by a user generated content editor role.
Photographic staff at Newsquest’s North London titles were reduced from six to three last year, while job cuts at the Worcester News and its sister weeklies saw four photographer jobs, one full-time and three part-time, reduced to one full time equivalent.
Newsquest has declined to comment.