York Press chapel reaches agreement over news uploads

The NUJ chapel at The Press in York has reached an agreement with management over how much news content journalists should upload to the website, following a four-month boycott.

According to the union, the boycott was in response to the Newsquest paper announcing plans to train all reporters and subs in uploading content – which the union feared could be the entire day’s paper – without extra benefits.

Following negotiations, the company specified that journalists will only upload breaking news when the internet team is out of the office, on weekends and night shifts.

FoC Sam Southgate said: ‘In other Newsquest centres subs are expected to upload the entire day’s newspaper on to the website. We had nine editorial redundancies last year and we are already pushed for staff.

‘While we always stressed that we are keen to learn new skills which are useful to us as journalists and individuals, it shouldn’t be a significant increase in workload without any benefits. Management has met our concerns and we welcome that.”

Editor Kevin Booth was unavailable for comment.

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