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Journalists head to coast to defend Norfolk's local papers

3 April 2009

Protesting journalists are descending on the seaside town of Cromer tomorrow as part of a campaign to save Norfolk's local papers. They want to stop regional publisher Archant from cutting 34 jobs and merging reporters who used to work on separate titles across the county.

The original plan was to axe 54 jobs, but the management scaled down the cuts after hostile reaction from journalists, readers, and local politicians.

The Archant Norfolk NUJ chapel has already held one successful day of action in Norwich. They move 23 miles across the county to Cromer tomorrow lunchtime.

The protestors will be outside Boots on Church Street between 11am and 1pm. They will be leafleting shoppers and day-trippers and asking them to sign a petition and write to Archant Norfolk boss Adrian Jeakings.

The papers affected by the job cuts are the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and weeklies, including the Yarmouth Mercury, Lowestoft Journal and North Norfolk News.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:

"It is vital that we take our campaign to stand up for journalism out into the communities of Britain and Ireland.
"NUJ members in Norfolk and their supporters have already saved 20 jobs – so it is clear that this sort of campaigning is crucial.
"The national union congratulates them and pledges our total support to their ongoing campaign for jobs."

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