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Trinity Mirror’s “misery merry-go-round” continues in Newcastle

16 June 2016

Trinity Mirror's restructuring plan is gathering pace as jobs are to be cut at the Newcastle Chronicle & Journal with new digital roles created.

The company announced that two photographers will go, plus an agenda writer and a social media editor. The new roles created are a head of content, head of audience engagement, a fan writer for Newcastle and Sunderland football teams and a Sunderland city writer. Existing vacancies for a multi-media journalist and a content curator will be filled.

Chris Morley, NUJ Northern and Midlands organiser, said:

"The merry-go-round of misery continues within Trinity Mirror with a central group strategy that is still not answering the key question our members pose – when will digital growth bring with it the revenue needed to sustain quality journalism? In Newcastle’s case, we see the axe poised over a number of roles that considerably assist in driving up digital hits – particularly photographic where we know online picture galleries are generally very successful and videos which we have been led to believe drive digital revenue.
“We will be looking closely at the company’s policy to rely increasingly on freelance photographers. The sad fact is that low pay rates and high capital costs are driving individuals out of the news sector so the company’s ability to use freelances in the future is very much open to question. We will be supporting all our members put at risk by these latest proposals and expect that where individuals wish to stay, suitable work is found for them.” 

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