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Johnston Press changes

February 2nd, 2011 · Posted by Skuds in Life · No Comments · Life

I see that Johnston Press has plans to re-organise and do all their subbing for the south-east region from Horsham.  Locally this should not have any impact on the quality of our local papers, but I don’t think you can say the same for Portsmouth, Worthing or Hastings.

Newsquest did the same thing last year, and there were doom and gloom predictions that sub editors based in Southampton without local knowledge would fail to spot errors.  I think they were anticipating things like, say, a Hove pub being referred to as a Portslade pub or similar.  In the end the results were much more spectacular, with Brighton itself being referred to as ‘Brighten’.

Given that precedent, I can see how plans for a Johnston Press hub will not go down too well.  Being purely selfish and parochial its good for us here as it means jobs moving here from elsewhere and a fair chance that our local eiditons will be subbed by people familiar with our area, but taking a wider view I can’t say I approve.


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