Job cuts limbo as Fairfax and NZME merge into one Hyper-local strategy seems set in stone

CAPTION: Sinead Boucher, editor-in-chief of Fairfax New Zealand.

It’s business-as usual at NZME and Fairfax amidst planning for a merged Super-media company. Both are advertising numerous jobs with Fairfax vacancies focused on the current push for its community newspapers.

That is despite inevitable job cuts and a lack of clarity about the strategy of the combined operation. Fairfax New Zealand editor-in-chief Sinead Boucher could not comment about the merger. But she said the Fairfax approach has been to put more staff on the ground. The proposed new entity will have its own strategy, but at a public level at least there is no indication on how the two companies will come together later in the year. Both firms have already been restructured and lost staff. NZME has lost more through natural attrition than Fairfax has.

maxresdefault-1Beyond insecurity for existing staff and those applying for vacancies,around 179  students who are studying for a career in journalism. Massey University Associate Professor of Communications, Grant Hannis, was confident there would be jobs for students at the end of the year. Hannis acknowledged the prospect of job cuts. Bit he thought these would be to higher level and middle management rather than people working at junior or lower levels. News media is not the only industry that is going through massive disruption due to technological changes. But if successful the merger and resulting job cuts are expected to have a big impact on news gathering in New Zealand.






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