Press journalists stage one-day strike

York Press: Press journalists stage one-day strike Press journalists stage one-day strike

A number of journalists working for The Press staged a one-day strike yesterday in protest at plans to transfer some production work to Wales.

Newsquest, which owns The Press, is investing in a new editorial system which will make production of the paper significantly easier and will enable journalists to publish material in print, online and via mobile devices in a more efficient way.

Yesterday’s action was taken by members of the National Union of Journalists. Other journalists worked normally and production of the paper and its website was unaffected.

A Newsquest spokesman said: “The media industry is facing huge structural change and Newsquest York has responded by investing in a state-of-the-art editorial system.

“The company plans to transfer part of the sub-editing process to a production centre in Wales.

“Five individual members of staff are affected, four sub-editors and one graphic artist, and we fully appreciate that this is an anxious time for them.

“A commitment has already been given that there will be no compulsory redundancies and the consultation process is continuing.

“All key editorial decisions and judgments will continue to be made in York. News gathering by an unrivalled number of local reporters and photographers is completely unaffected.”

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8:36am Wed 19 Feb 14

smudge2 says...

Does this mean more Sheep stories ??
Does this mean more Sheep stories ?? smudge2
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9:04am Wed 19 Feb 14

Fat Harry says...

Another nail in the coffin of local journalism if Newsquest get away with this.

How can subeditors 250 miles away have the local knowledge to make corrections etc to stories about particular streets, suburbs etc?

I dread to think what would have happened to stories about York City's victory over Newport at Wembley in 2012...

Good luck to the NUJ members at York Press fighting to save what's left of local journalism.
Another nail in the coffin of local journalism if Newsquest get away with this. How can subeditors 250 miles away have the local knowledge to make corrections etc to stories about particular streets, suburbs etc? I dread to think what would have happened to stories about York City's victory over Newport at Wembley in 2012... Good luck to the NUJ members at York Press fighting to save what's left of local journalism. Fat Harry
  • Score: 26

9:56am Wed 19 Feb 14

chelk says...

So basically no one will notice
So basically no one will notice chelk
  • Score: -1

10:19am Wed 19 Feb 14

roskoboskovic says...

thanks for telling us otherwise no one would have noticed.
thanks for telling us otherwise no one would have noticed. roskoboskovic
  • Score: -1

10:28am Wed 19 Feb 14

RingoStarr says...

Nice, totally unbiased, version of events from Newsquest...er, not.
Nice, totally unbiased, version of events from Newsquest...er, not. RingoStarr
  • Score: 15

10:45am Wed 19 Feb 14

BL2 says...

How many journalists are actually in York now? Isn't the paper produced mainly in Leeds anyway? It's ridiculous - it is not a "local" paper.
How many journalists are actually in York now? Isn't the paper produced mainly in Leeds anyway? It's ridiculous - it is not a "local" paper. BL2
  • Score: 3

11:59am Wed 19 Feb 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Don't tell me the Welsh have started closing bridges too...?
Don't tell me the Welsh have started closing bridges too...? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 0

12:21pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Fabius the Delayer says...

Not surprised, labour costs are significantly lower in the third world.
I wonder if anybody reading the comments here actually buys the Rag in print anyway.
The only money in it is from the advertising
and I block the ads on the web page so..
in short theres no money in it anymore.
Not surprised, labour costs are significantly lower in the third world. I wonder if anybody reading the comments here actually buys the Rag in print anyway. The only money in it is from the advertising and I block the ads on the web page so.. in short theres no money in it anymore. Fabius the Delayer
  • Score: 1

1:34pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Teabag1 says...

Soon York will be just one giant Tesco, it will be no longer even called York it will be the city of Tesco, mark my words!
Soon York will be just one giant Tesco, it will be no longer even called York it will be the city of Tesco, mark my words! Teabag1
  • Score: 1

2:13pm Wed 19 Feb 14

DeeJaiEss says...

I think it stinks that we should be losing jobs in York (albeit only a few) to Newport - what on earth has York got in common with a southern Wales town which teeters on the edge of the River Severn/English border?

So the York Press can be a tad tiresome at times (I used to refer to it as the 'Yorkshire Evening Whinge') but as I sit in my office watching the York Press site being demolished, feeling the thumps as bricks and girders hit the floor, I feel that we are slowly losing our voice, whether we want to complain or moan or whether it's to thank and congratulate.

I don't read the actual paper any more - thanks to the internet, The Press is there instantly and to have this edited by someone over 250 miles away, who doesn't know York and its quirks, its streets and more importantly, its people, seems to suggest that the York Press will just be 'The Press'.

Time to turn to the 'Yorkshire Post??'

As for York becoming Tesco, take your foot off the exaggerator Teabag1 - whilst I breathe, York will always be York!

As an aside to the comment by the bag of Camellia Sinensis, one should realise there are 12 Sainsburys in York, maybe 13 soon.
I think it stinks that we should be losing jobs in York (albeit only a few) to Newport - what on earth has York got in common with a southern Wales town which teeters on the edge of the River Severn/English border? So the York Press can be a tad tiresome at times (I used to refer to it as the 'Yorkshire Evening Whinge') but as I sit in my office watching the York Press site being demolished, feeling the thumps as bricks and girders hit the floor, I feel that we are slowly losing our voice, whether we want to complain or moan or whether it's to thank and congratulate. I don't read the actual paper any more - thanks to the internet, The Press is there instantly and to have this edited by someone over 250 miles away, who doesn't know York and its quirks, its streets and more importantly, its people, seems to suggest that the York Press will just be 'The Press'. Time to turn to the 'Yorkshire Post??' As for York becoming Tesco, take your foot off the exaggerator Teabag1 - whilst I breathe, York will always be York! As an aside to the comment by the bag of Camellia Sinensis, one should realise there are 12 Sainsburys in York, maybe 13 soon. DeeJaiEss
  • Score: 1

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