More journalists and fewer managers now employed in regional press

Dominic Ponsford
There are now more
journalists and less managers working in the regional press than there
were a year ago, according to the Newspaper Society’s annual survey of
the industry.
The survey revealed that the number full time
employees working for regional newspapers rose 10.1 per cent to 50,000
in 2004. Of these 13,267 are editorial staff (up 10.3 per cent) and
according to the NS the number of managers has dropped by 15.8 per cent.
The survey has also revealed a huge increase in
the number magazines and other ‘niche’publications spun-off from local
papers – up 48.5 per cent.
The NS, which is the trade body for UK local
newspaper owners, also revealed that regional newspapers invested £350
million in new printing technology in 2004 – giving the UK ‘some of the
most advanced printing operations and colour production facilities in
the world”.
For full story see Press Gazette magazine tomorrow.
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