The future of news starts now

Re: subediting at Bendigo Advertiser, a detail in an earlier post, ‘I buried the lead’. On 18 September, I sent Rod Case, the editor of the Addy, a list of questions about the newspaper’s new production system.
I asked:

How many subs did Addy employ? 

When did they finish up? 

Who is now laying out paper, writing headlines, checking copy etc? 

Do you use the services of Pagemasters or any other outsourcing company? 

How is it going? How do you feel about this change?

Is the new system a variation on the ‘right first time’ system in New Zealand?

I sent several more emails but got no response. I then sent the questions to Brad Hatch, Fairfax’s general manager, communications. Hatch has just responded and provided links to two stories ‘that set it out pretty clearly’.
I am not sure these stories answer my questions. I suppose ‘back-office duties’ may refer to work performed by journalists formerly known as subeditors!
Here are the links.


About rachelbuchanan2000

Journalist, historian, mum. 'Stop Press: the last days of newspapers' (Scribe, 2013). Creative fellow, State Library of Victoria. Project: 'The Melbourne Sirius' an artist newspaper (2014). First book, 'The Parihaka Album: Lest We Forget' (Huia, 2009). New project, about doctors and doctorhood, is on the go now.
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