Stuff’ is oging ahead with its plan to close its rural papers and reduce its reporting.
. . . Stuff chief executive Sinead Boucher said farming stories would still appear online on Stuff’s website and app, but the closure of the rural titles will mean the loss of nine journalists and six commercial staff.
Stuff is proposing to retain just three editorial staff to cater for the major newspapers’ farming sections and online content. . .
That is very sad for the people who are losing their jobs and the three editorial staff covering farming news will be spread very thinly.
However, we have been getting so many free papers – sometimes two or three a day – it’s difficult to keep up with them.
All of them provide different news, views and features but it really was too much of a good thing with too little time to read them all.
If as often happens we don’t have time to read one, the next day’s mail will bring another and the first goes out having had no more than a passing glance.
Country people will still be well served by the rural publications that remain.
The hole will be in urban papers which will no longer have such comprehensive coverage of rural news and views and another plank will go from the urban-rural bridge.