Fair Go Fairfax

Fair Go Fairfax

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Fairfax Media has a proud history of investing in independent journalism. It’s in everything the company does, even the slogan on its mastheads: ‘Independent. Always’.

But that tradition is under threat.

Between 2011 and 2016, Fairfax has used regular redundancy rounds to cut almost 800 jobs from its editorial staff across the country. About 420 of those jobs came from the Metro daily newspaper divisions, more than 300 from its Regional newspapers, and more jobs have gone from the local Community newspapers. Those numbers don’t include attrition – where people who have resigned from the company have not been ...

Fairfax Media has a proud history of investing in independent journalism. It’s in everything the company does, even the slogan on its mastheads: ‘Independent. Always’.

But that tradition is under threat.

Between 2011 and 2016, Fairfax has used regular redundancy rounds to cut almost 800 jobs from its editorial staff across the country. About 420 of those jobs came from the Metro daily newspaper divisions, more than 300 from its Regional newspapers, and more jobs have gone from the local Community newspapers. Those numbers don’t include attrition – where people who have resigned from the company have not been replaced.

On April 5 2017 the company announced it would make a further $30 million in cuts to its metropolitan mastheads’ editorial budget which will result in yet more job losses.

Already, Fairfax newsrooms around Australia have lost a wealth of skill and experience. For the editorial staff that remain, their workload has massively intensified, particularly as they are required to constantly write, produce and develop stories for a variety media platforms.

And yet, Fairfax journalists continue to be recognised for their award-winning work, scrutinising and analysing the powerful while providing news, information and entertainment for their audience.

You can help save jobs and maintain quality journalism at Fairfax.

 

Fair Go Fairfax is a campaign of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.

 

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Fairfax Media has announced it will axe 125 editorial jobs in its metropolitan mastheads - a quarter of the editorial workforce in its metro division - as part of $30 million in cost-savings. At the same time, the company is preparing to spin off its real estate listings and publishing arm, Domain.

 

Already in recent years, Fairfax newsrooms around Australia have lost a wealth of skill and experience. For the editorial staff ...

Fairfax Media has announced it will axe 125 editorial jobs in its metropolitan mastheads - a quarter of the editorial workforce in its metro division - as part of $30 million in cost-savings. At the same time, the company is preparing to spin off its real estate listings and publishing arm, Domain.

 

Already in recent years, Fairfax newsrooms around Australia have lost a wealth of skill and experience. For the editorial staff that remain, their workload has massively intensified, particularly as they are required to constantly write, produce and develop stories for a variety media platforms.

 

This can only lead to a decline in the quality and independent journalism for which newspapers like the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age are renowned.


Fewer jobs = fewer stories.

 

Send a message to Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood to find better ways of running the business than cutting its journalism. 

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