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The union welcomed the two-year grant of £200,000, but said there should be safeguards on quality and independence and the scheme must provide an opportunity for journalists who have recently been made redundant.
Grant money returned to the Welsh Government from Newsquest, after it shut its subbing hub in Newport, should be used to aid local newspapers, says the NUJ.
Welsh Assembly urged to support quality journalism as MP calls for inquiry into the future of Welsh print news
Welsh Assembly AMs marked Local News Matters Week by calling on local newspapers to be made community assets.
Newsquest has turned Scroogequest at Christmas by announcing redundancies in Newport.
Daily Post members have voted to take action over potential redundancies which put quality journalism at risk and will push those left to "breaking point".
The National Assembly for Wales has responded to NUJ calls for greater scrutiny of the media by establishing a Culture, Welsh Language and Communications committee.
Trinity Mirror staff North Wales are balloting over plans which include potential redundancies, putting at risk editorial quality.
After a lengthy battle, the union has achieved statutory trade union recognition at the South Wales Argus in Newport.
Hywel Williams says quality journalism in Wales has been put at the risk as more jobs go, including the newspaper group's only reporter based at the National Assembly.
The NUJ is calling on the National Assembly for Wales to establish a media and communications committee.