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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sub-editors replaced by advertising designers

While some newspapers are downsizing their sub-editing teams, and some are outsourcing, it seems others are now doing away with them all together.

UK regional newspaper company Archant is replacing sub-editors with advertising designers, according to the Guardian. Archant's newspaper arm publishes four regional dailies and around 60 weeklies.

The company has confirmed to staff that it will employ 10 advertising designers to lay out pages at the East Anglian Daily Times and the Ipswich Evening Star, after cutting production staff at the two papers by a third, from 26 to 18.

They will design pages, while reporters and other writers will be drafted in to work on headlines - traditionally never part of their job.