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Local Newspapers Offer Bee Shaffer A Job

by | 24th, November 2008

LOCAL newspapers are in trouble. Tonbridge blogger explains why he’s no longing writing for the Kent Courier (part of DMGT ’s  Northcliffe , and offers Bee Shaffer and any other media students some work:

This is how it is for local hacks:

Are the senior people at the Courier group so divorced from reality that they can’t notice when they’ve cocked up and ended up rubbing salt in the wounds? In the last few months they have decided to turn Community Life columnists into “Community Media Partners” asking them (including me) to not only work for no payment, but also to sell ad space to local businesses on their behalf to go on a community blog…

More than two thirds of the columnists have now, mysteriously decided that now is the time to call it a day, some of them after 14 years of service for £9 a week. But, hang on I nearly forgot, they did give us £3 a month, yes that’s right a month, expenses. Just enough to be able to buy a copy of the newspaper each week (which of course they made us pay for!)…

During my time at the paper I was only once asked to go to any kind of social function, the Heart in the Community Awards; this was the only opportunity they provided us with

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