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Campaign aims to stop Archant’s Suffolk cuts

19 March 2008

The NUJ has launched a campaign to persuade the owners of two Suffolk papers to stop cutbacks threatening the future of quality journalism in the area.

Archant, which owns the Ipswich-based East Anglian Daily Times and Evening Star, plans to cut more than 20 posts at the titles. The company also said it would use cheaper, non-journalistic staff to undertake editorial work on the two titles, a move that could seriously damage the quality of the papers.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, warned Archant it was putting the reputation of its Ipswich papers at risk.

He told a meeting of the NUJ's Ipswich branch:

"Quality local newspapers need quality journalism if they are to survive. Archant's short-sighted proposals open up the company to a far greater chance of making costly legal errors but – worse than that – they also endanger the papers' standing in the local community.
"Only by investing in editorial resources can Archant, which is a profitable business, be sure its titles will continue to win the respect of local people. That's why it's important that people join us in standing up for journalism in Suffolk."

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