Up to six journalists could be axed as part of changes by a regional publisher, the National Union of Journalists has claimed.
The union says Newsquest plans to cut three out of 11 reporters working on six weekly titles in the West Midlands – the Stourbridge News, Halesowen News, Dudley News, Kidderminster Shuttle, Bromsgrove Advertiser and Redditch Advertiser.
According to the NUJ, three trainees are among the 11 at risk, while the company also plans to cut one of two part-time content managers working at the Stourbridge offices where the newspapers are produced.
The union has further claimed that, in a separate move, Newsquest wants to cut two content manager jobs at Worcester where the daily the Worcester News and a series of weeklies are produced.
Last September, one journalist in Stourbridge took voluntary redundancy in a round of cuts made by Newsquest in the West Midlands.
Gurdip Thandi, Newsquest Stourbridge NUJ FoC, said: “This is a real body-blow to members and they have been left shell-shocked. It is especially disappointing that this is happening so soon after the last redundancy round.
“We want the opportunity to seek alternatives to minimise the number of jobs that might be lost and explore other ways that savings can be achieved. People are very worried about their future.”
Consultation on the latest proposals is due to start on Monday and the chapel is meeting this to discuss the plans.