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Editor reveals job cuts on front page … including his own

23 June 2011

The editor of the South Yorkshire Times has put details of journalist job cuts on the front page of the newspaper this week. The NUJ has congratulated Jim Oldfield for standing up for quality journalism

Jim Oldfield's story followed the announcement by Johnston Press that it intended to make half of the paper's Mexborough editorial staff redundant. The editor has been included in the cuts.

NUJ members at South Yorkshire Newspapers have already voted unanimously to ballot for strike action over the latest wave of proposed redundancies.

Jim Oldfield said:

"This is real journalism in action. The South YorkshireTimes is currently fighting a brave and protracted battle to keep its core towns from decimation during this recession. I make no apology for acquainting our readers with the changes being proposed for their champion title.
"I am pleased that the company appear to have had an adult reaction to the story."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary-elect, said

"This is a great example of how NUJ members are standing up for quality journalism. We hope other editors will follow the example set by the South Yorkshire Times."

Chris Morley, NUJ northern and midlands regional organiser, said:

"So often news about local job cuts and industrial action are given prominence in local and regional newspapers – except when those newspapers are themselves the subject of such cuts.
"It is time that editors stopped self-censoring their newspapers for fear of displeasing the corporate owners who are robbing them of the editorial resources to produce their own newspaper and websites.
"I congratulate the editor of the South Yorkshire Times for being prepared to carry out his duty to the community his newspaper serves. It is important that readers know the facts about the cuts and that Johnston Press hears from the staff and communities affected by the their cuts."

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