The New Zealand Press Association is to be closed down:
NZPA to close down, 42 jobs will go
The New Zealand Press Association, the organisation that services newspapers with news, is to close down after more than 130 years. The organisation will wind up its operations within the next four to six months and 42 staff are set to lose their jobs. …
EPMU national secretary Andrew Little said he had been told last week that there would be some job losses at NZPA.
“APN sources tell me it is Fairfax who want out of NZPA,” 3 News political reporter Patrick Gower tweeted this afternoon.
For as long as newspapers have been rolling off the presses in New Zealand, NZPA has been providing content for them.
It was set up in 1879 and on the companies website today it boasts of sending out a thousand pieces of information every 24 hours from stock exchange reports to news pieces to international news wires.
A few weeks ago, there was talk that APN and Fairfax would stop NZPA selling stories to other outlets because they didn’t want their websites losing traffic to the TV and radio websites but I don’t think anyone saw this coming.
I’m no media insider. Why does Fairfax want out of NZPA? What I do know is that I see NZPA credits on a lot of the good reporting in this country. We’re losing a valuable resource.
By way of blogger solidarity, a shout out to Danyl from Dim-Post. His wife is one of NZPA’s lead political reporters. Hopefully she and others will find work within the industry.
Too many people losing their jobs in this country. Too many.