West of England newspaper photographers face job losses

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Staff photographers working for local newspapers in the west of England face redundancy, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has said.

The NUJ said more than 10 Local World photographers are under threat if they do not accept zero-hours contracts.

Local World said they were "fully consulting employees who were impacted by the continual reviews."

The Western Daily Press, the Western Gazette, Bath Chronicle and Gloucester Citizen and Echo are affected.

A spokesman for the publisher said: "Like other organisations, Local World continually reviews its operations and where this has an impact on employees, full consultation always takes place, as is happening in this particular instance."

Laura Davison, from the NUJ, said: "Long serving and committed photographers are being put in an impossible position by Local World.

"Like other regional newspaper groups, Local World appears to have failed to grasp the importance of quality pictures to local journalism, including to the growth of digital and video content across the industry."

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