The NUJ's national executive has said the union will explore ways of ending Newsquest's ownership of newspapers in York.
The move follows a call by the NUJ chapel at the Press and Gazette and Herald for the union to look at ways the newspapers could be bought-out from Newsquest.
Union members also hope that local business figures may come forward to finance a buy-out that would return the papers and websites to Yorkshire ownership.
Journalists on the papers have suffered redundancies and a wage freeze. Adam Christie, NUJ National Executive Council member for the North East of England, said: "The experience of journalists in York is an example of what is happening around the country as media companies try to maintain profit levels several times greater than major supermarket chains at the cost of local news and the cultural and democratic health of our villages, towns and cities."
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