OTTAWA, Nov. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is
disappointed to hear the Toronto Star has chosen to cut 72 positions
from its ranks.
The cuts were announced on Nov. 14 by publisher John Cruickshank. Those affected include employees in the
advertising sales, finance, pre-press and layout whose tasks are being
consolidated outside of the Star, and layoffs of editorial assistants
in the newsroom.
The announcement indicated some of the jobs and tasks are being
outsourced to TorStar subsidiaries. The exact number of positions
affected may change as the employee union may yet present alternatives
to management that achieve the same reductions in costs.
"Job cuts at the Star and other media organizations - even those not
directly affecting journalists - can impact the quality of the content
these media are pushing out to their audiences," CAJ president Hugo
Rodrigues said. "The CAJ understands many media organizations are
profit-driven businesses that cannot continue to sustain the impact of
shifting revenue. We are concerned that ongoing cuts in the sector will
reach a point - if they haven't already - where quality suffers to the
extent it starts to impact the size of the audience."
With this latest announcement, Canada's media companies have cut over
1,000 jobs across their operations in the past year. This tally is
based on the publicly announced cuts at media companies and doesn't
include any unannounced losses.
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:
Hugo Rodrigues, CAJ president - 519-756-2020 ext. 2226, 519-535-8680, firstname.lastname@example.org
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