Journalists are demanding action from Johnston Press to stop making their newspapers "look silly" with editorial howlers, the NUJ said today.
The union claims the new Atex content management system, which it says the company has forced onto its newspapers and journalists with inadequate training and staffing, has led to editions of the Sheffield Star and the South Yorkshire Times being published this month with blank spaces and a front page with blacked out pictures of a group of convicted football hooligans.
NUJ organiser Chris Morley said: "We warned Johnston Press Group that it was being implemented to a totally unrealistic timescale with woefully inadequate training and support locally. The net result is a publishing disaster that is seriously impacting on the health and well being of members, putting some on the edge of physical breakdowns."
NUJ members across the group are voting in an industrial action ballot this month.