OTTAWA, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is
disappointed to hear Sun Media has decided to cut 200 jobs across its
The cuts were announced on Dec. 4 by Sun Media president and CEO Julie Tremblay. The company indicated
the 200 jobs, one-quarter of which are editorial positions, are
equivalent to five percent of its employees.
Tremblay blamed "profound, unprecedented changes" in the
industry-particularly those related to the "digital revolution"-for the
cuts, but claimed they were "necessary to maintain (Sun Media's)
leading position and ensure the Corporation's sustainability."
"Job cuts that shrink newsrooms invariably threaten the quality of the
content that newspapers produce," said CAJ vice-president Nick
Taylor-Vaisey. "The CAJ recognizes the tremendous challenges posed by
technological changes in our industry, and the constant struggle to
sustain revenue, but we remain adamant that cutting the journalists who
produce content is particularly short-sighted. High-quality journalism
is imperative to every newsroom's survival."
The Canadian Media Guild estimates that Canada's media companies have
cut 10,000 jobs since 2008, including 6,000 in the print sector.
The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for
journalists from all media, representing approximately 600 members
across the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide high-quality
professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Journalists
For further information:
Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ vice-president - 647-968-2393, email@example.com