Tuesday 22 September 2009

'MEN will be down to less than 10 reporters'

At last night's 'Stand Up for the Observer' event in London (see report below) an NUJ official said that cuts at the Manchester Evening News, which like the Observer is owned by Guardian Media Group, will mean that next month the regional daily will have less than 10 journalists on its reporting staff.
The paper's last staff photographer was made redundant this month. Yesterday the editor Paul Horrocks resigned.
The MEN is one of the great regional titles dating back to 1868. Before the cuts announced earlier this year, the MEN had an editorial staff of 90. When I was a judge in the Regional Press Awards' reporter of the year category a couple of years ago, three of the six shortlisted entries were from MEN reporters.
With the Observer saved, and GMG looking for editorial cuts elsewhere, who's going to 'Stand Up for the MEN'?

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