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Picture editor roles to be axed at daily newspaper centres

Four picture editor roles are set to go at two regional publishing centres which are home to three daily newspapers.

Johnston Press has confirmed that the positions are being made redundant in a restructure of photographic operations at its Leeds and Sheffield offices.

The Leeds centre is home to the both the Yorkshire Post and the Yorkshire Evening Post, while the Sheffield office is the headquarters of daily title The Star.

Two new audio visual editor roles are being created as part of the restructure.

JP's Leeds office

JP’s Leeds office

A number of weekly newspapers are also produced from the Leeds and Sheffield offices.

In January, JP announced it was setting up two new central digital units, with one set to be headquartered in Leeds.

A total of 21 new editorial roles were set to be based there and in Edinburgh, with jobs covering video production, social media, digitally-optimised content, data analysis and team management due to be created.

Johnston Press declined to comment further when approached by HTFP.

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  • June 12, 2018 at 9:13 am
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    Don’t let the ‘editor’ tag fool you, these were photographers who went out and took pictures for print and online every day.

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  • June 12, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    Modern media synonyms: “Restructure” = “Redundancies”. As long as the regional MD and their apparatchiks are OK that’s the main thing. Yorkshire readers will soon get used to wonky camera snaps and repeat images, like the pic of my local football club’s manager used six times in as many weeks in a once-excellent newspaper.

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  • June 12, 2018 at 10:21 am
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    The ongoing and never ending cull of front line editorial staff at JP continues unabated,
    I’m just surprised they didn’t cite having no photographers so needing no ‘photo editors’ as being the reason for this latest ‘restructuring’

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  • June 12, 2018 at 11:18 am
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    It’s a sad truth that just when you need picture editors most (to sort all the crap that people send in) they decide they can do without them. “Here’s a pic, bit fuzzy, out of focus, colour balance rubbish, used it last week, but it will fit in the photo box. Job done!”

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  • June 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm
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    Bring on those 72pixel excremental UGC images . Fun of grain and never in focus.

    And WTF is an audio visual editor? Audio and visual combined? Hmmm isn’t that video? Ahh video editor. That’s skilled and well-paid job – and somehow I can’t see experienced Avid and Grass Vallley operators jumping ship to JP.
    MS Movie Maker anyone? Anyone?

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  • June 12, 2018 at 12:08 pm
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    The ‘audio visual editor’ position will be much lower pay, I guess, as it will be a new role not included on the pay scale. JP is currently worth £7m, shares at an all time low. Share price is 0.13p in old money before the share offer and consolidation nonsense a few years ago.

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  • June 12, 2018 at 12:17 pm
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    Flicking through my old paper The Boston Standard on a rare trip ‘home’ at the weekend and they were openly encouraging readers to send in their own pictures. That about says it all really.

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  • June 12, 2018 at 6:50 pm
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    Here’s me thinking the Yorkshire Post was a proper newspaper, with brilliant photos, proof that ailing JP was fit to be a newspaper publisher, and then they go and do this.
    Slash and burn, and cheering clickbait figures are the only thing newspaper managements can do these days. Captains of sinking ships due as much to their own actions. Some leave to join boat companies…

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  • June 13, 2018 at 7:36 am
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    Just one point @Clem de Brulay, there aren’t any regional MDs. They were axed years ago.

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