Fairfax media have announced changes that involve centralisation of editors and more emphasis on online interaction, moving further from print media and local input.
Non-Fairfax journalists are not very complimentary.
Everything about this decision is fucked in the head
Agreed. It started with subbing hubs and has got progressively worse.
Feels like a new low…replacing journalism, news, writing with “digital”. Ugh!
And that Stuff nation gets staffing ahead of the sort of journalism that used to define a masthead
Predict that within 12 months their NZ operation will be reduced to 3 people writing clickbait headlines.
NBR explain the changes in Fairfax Media rolls out new newsroom model:
Fairfax Media New Zealand is rolling out a new model for its newsrooms nationwide and regional newspaper editors are disappearing in favour of regional editorial managers based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Fairfax Media says it will have larger teams working on video, social media and the Stuff Nation website, which asks readers to contribute stories.
“We’re investing in our people and systems to reinvigorate our newsrooms, strengthening our ability to deliver news and information,” Sinead Boucher, Fairfax Media’s executive editor, said in a statement.
Journalists will package their stories with video, images and links to encourage interaction with readers in an editorial and production process that will be driven first by the needs of digital platforms rather than traditional printed products.
So interaction will take precedence over journalistic quality?
Seven jobs are being disestablished and 12 new senior roles are being created, focusing on audiences in local regions or in specialist content areas.
The restructuring involves a reshuffle of senior managers, according to industry sources. The role of newspaper editor has been slowly disappearing and three editorial managers work below Ms Boucher, one for the Auckland region, one for Wellington and one for Christchurch. These direct reports to Ms Boucher are former newspaper editors who now have a wider regional role.
The roles disappearing are expected to be editors in smaller regional centres.
Television ‘news’ overage in the regions has already been severely downgraded by centralisation (or Aucklandisation). Fairfax are downgrading their regional offices, inevitably downgrading their regional news news and minimising editorial input.
Under the newsroom changes journalists will edit each other’s stories.
Why bother? The PR hacks edit their stories before handing them over to journalists.
Fairfax Media has two national, nine daily and more than 60 community newspapers, 25 plus magazines, and publishes the websites Stuff and Essential Mums.
Three editors for all of that?