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World of the News! Australia’s Fairfax Media Sends Jobs Offshore

Posted: May 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Indeep Media, Media, Online Media, Print Media, World of the News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

World of the News - Fairfax Sends Jobs OffshoreThat shrinking Australian media behemoth that is Fairfax Media, is apparently planning to send jobs offshore by relocating production of its regional newspapers to New Zealand.

The proposed changes will affect 66 Fairfax staffers, Media, Ethics & Arts Alliance – MEAA – said via statement today.

Fairfax said the affected staff would be offered voluntary redundancies or redeployment, however, some staff may also be forced into redundancy.

The affected newspapers include the Illawarra Mercury, Newcastle Herald and seven associated community titles including the Lake Times, Kiama Independent, Newcastle Star, Myall Coast Nota, Port Stephens Examiner and Lakes Mail.

Workers were told about the plans this afternoon and Fairfax has announced the move on the papers’ websites.

Fairfax says the changes are part of a “wider company strategy to pursue operational efficiencies while strengthening the focus on audience growth and producing quality content”.

Fairfax says no reporting or photographic positions would be affected ::::

Fairfax Media Send Jobs Offshore

But the MEAA has rejected Fairfax’s proposal. It believes relocating key editorial staff offshore will only inhibit the newspapers’ ability to tell quality local news.

“This is a very dangerous step for Fairfax to be taking,” MEAA federal secretary Chris Warren told abc.net.au

“There has been no experience in Australia of companies making the decision to offshore such a central part of the newspaper and this can only destroy the vital nexus between the newsroom and the community,” Mr Warren said.

MEAA is concerned at the future shape of media, journalisn an d news reporting. “Newspapers are not just the product of photographers or journalists – sub-editors are the heart of the newsroom, with vast institutional and organisational memories, and an intimate knowledge of their community.” Mr Warren said.

“It’s our belief that the entire staff should always be embedded in the community to enable the newspaper to tell the local story accurately” Chris Warren went on. “This is an alarming precedent that could be replicated on other mastheads like the Sydney Morning Herald or The Age and should be stopped before it’s too late.”

source: abc.net .au

3 Comments on “World of the News! Australia’s Fairfax Media Sends Jobs Offshore”

  1. 1 michael courtenay » Blog Archive said at 7:16 am on May 29th, 2012:

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