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Bristol branch of NUJ to protest over Evening Post cuts

The Bristol branch of the National Union of Journalists is due to hold a peaceful demonstration later today following news that 20 jobs were at risk with publication of the Evening Post’s Saturday edition to be stopped from next month.

The protest will take place outside an exhibition marking 80 years of the Northcliffe Media’s title from 6.15pm outside the Galleries in Bristol. The union branch says it has received much support from the local community.

Last week NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said the changes to the Evening Post were a “shock announcement”.

We call on the paper’s management to take steps to avoid job losses and enter into meaningful consultation with staff and their union representatives.

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Trinity Mirror’s north east editorial director to leave after 22 years

July 25th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Jobs, Local media

The editorial director of the north east regional division of Trinity Mirror Paul Robertson is to leave after 22 years working for the publisher.

In a statement Robertson, who was also editor of the Newscastle Evening Chronicle, said he was after a “fresh challenge”.

Having project managed the recent change in the Chronicle publishing schedule, I think it’s now the right time for me to seek a fresh challenge. The team in the north east is outstanding and I would like to thank them all for their support. I will miss the place but most of all the people I have worked with, many of whom are friends as well as colleagues. I wish everyone at ncjMedia and GMC the best of luck and success for the future.

According to Trinity Mirror, under Robertson’s editorship many new platforms and campaigns have been created, such as Your Health, Community Champions and the Great Family Read. He was also “centrally involved in driving the multimedia agenda, overseeing the launch of ChronicleLive”, a release added.

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Wannabe Hacks: Sunday Times foreign editor on ‘rough ride’ of profession

June 2nd, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Jobs, Training

In an interesting interview with the Wannabe Hacks Sunday Times foreign editor Sean Ryan offers plenty of tips for journalists interested in becoming foreign correspondents. There are plenty of warnings too, calling on journalists to be sure to consider the realities of reporting from across the world:

There’s also a psychological toll which I think as an industry we’re becoming increasingly aware of which is the tendency to suffer from depression as a result of traumatic experiences that you’ll inevitability accumulate along the way. So we have had cases of post-traumatic distress disorder diagnosed in several of our reporters and it’s deeply distressing to witness. It takes a lot of treatment and a long time to recover from, although I’m pleased to say that in all cases, we’ve seen a full recovery and people have gone back to work and come to terms with what they’ve experienced in the past. But it’s not easy and it’s not good going into being a foreign correspondent thinking it’s all travel and meeting people and being on the frontline of a war because there’s a heavy price to pay.

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Media release: Chris Ellis appointed MD of digital for Trinity Mirror nationals

May 17th, 2011 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Editors' pick, Jobs

Chris Ellis

Trinity Mirror today announced the appointment of Chris Ellis to a newly created role of managing director, digital, within its nationals division.

The former senior vice president and chief operating officer for Europe at MySpace will be responsible for increasing digital growth, according to a release.

Chris Ellis, said: “I’m delighted to be joining Trinity Mirror. I’m excited by the opportunity to lead the new dedicated digital group which, together with such a strong editorial heritage and passionate consumer base, means the company is well positioned to take full advantage of the growth of all things digital.”

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paidContent: Managing editor of Huffington Post Media Group leaving for Yahoo

Managing editor of the Huffington Post Media Group Jai Singh, is leaving for a role as Yahoo Media Network editor in chief, paidContent reports.

At Yahoo, he will be responsible for increasing original content and performance across all platforms—and for all of YMN’s leading brands, not only Yahoo News.

Read more from paidContent on this here. Yahoo also reported the move itself.

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Media release: Former Newsnight editor appointed as director of BBC Vision

April 27th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Editors' pick, Jobs

George Entwistle has been named as director of BBC Vision following what the broadcaster called “an extensive recruitment search” after Jana Bennett’s departure earlier this year.

Entwistle, a former editor of Newsnight, will take up the post with immediate effect. As part of his role he will also oversee Vision Productions and have editorial oversight for UKTV.

I am genuinely honoured to have been chosen for the role of director, BBC Vision.

The BBC’s television portfolio is of enormous importance to the creative and cultural life of the UK and is performing strongly in terms of quality and audience reach and share.

At the heart of its success, BBC Vision Productions is responsible for some of the best television programmes we broadcast.

I feel enormously proud to be leading these teams and I will do my utmost to build on the legacy of talent and excellence left by my predecessor, Jana Bennett.

You can see his full BBC biography here…

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TNW Media: Two years after newspaper closes, 67% of its journalists earning less

February 28th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Job losses, Newspapers

TNW Media reports that a former editor of the now-closed Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado surveyed his former journalists to find out what they are now earning. Most of them are earning less than they did when they worked for the paper, which shut two years ago.

146 of the paper’s 194 journalists responded to Temple’s survey which found that 67% of them now earn less than in their old job at the Rocky Mountain News, with 57% saying that they now earn “Much less” than in their old job.

Full story on The Rocky Mountain News at this link

 

 

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Newspaper reporter ranks 188/200 in ‘best and worst jobs’ list

January 6th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Jobs

Think being a newspaper reporter is the best job in the world? Statistically it would seem, in the US at least, that is not the case. This annual list by CareerCast rating 200 jobs based on income, working environment, stress, physical demands and job outlook, places the newspaper reporter at 188.

The list, which used data from the Labor Department, US Census and its researchers own knowledge, can also be found on the Wall Street Journal website.

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A quarter of Spanish journalists made redundant since recession, suggests report

December 15th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Job losses, Jobs

A report by the Press Association of Madrid claims that at least a quarter of Spanish journalists have lost their jobs and two thirds have experienced a pay reduction since the start of the economic crisis, according to a post on the Shaping the Future of the Newspaper blog based on reports by the Spanish media.

The 2010 Annual Report of the Journalistic Profession also suggests that there has been an increase in the number of journalists not working from 5,155 in 2009 to 5,564 while the average salary has dropped by €5,000 to €30,000 in the last six months, the report adds.

Out of these people, 66 per cent were found to be women.

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BetaTales: Print journalists, beware ‘the typographers’ trap’

December 9th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Journalism

What is the typographers’ trap and why do other print journalists need to know about it? A thoughtful post on skills, careers and a changing industry from BetaTales:

It describes how a group by wrongly trying to save the jobs of its members at the same time destroys its own profession.

Typographers used to hold an important position in editorial newspaper production. In the old days this was the group typesetting the newspaper pages.

Then the production process was digitalised. Suddenly anybody with basic design and computer skills could do the tasks the typographers used to have a monopoly of doing.

In fact the need for typographers in newspaper production was more or less wiped out in a very short time frame. As a result the profession disappeared in most countries.

Full post on BetaTales at this link…

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