Journalists face up to outsourcing

Andrew Little and Christopher Warren address the media at APN HQAustralian Provincial Newspapers (APN) owns close to half of New Zealand’s newspapers, (as well as many magazines and radio stations. Late last month APN proposed outsourcing its subediting functions to Australian-owned company, Pagemasters, at a cost of seventy jobs around the country.

The EPMU, which represents more than 1000 media workers nationwide, including 300 editorial staff at APN titles, is campaigning to stop this plan because its members believe it will have a serious negative effect on the quality of our news. The EPMU argues that removing subediters from their local community will lead to a loss of accuracy, a loss of connection between local newspapers and their communities, and a loss of media diversity.

International Federation of Journalists President Christopher Warren says APN’s plan will be bad news for journalists around the world.

“This has never been tried anywhere on this scale and as a potential model for other outlets it represents a threat not only to New Zealand’s news but to news around the world.”

Today the EPMU launched its OurMedia! Campaign, which aims to stop profit-driven attacks on journalism and improve the quality of our news.

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