The Fairfax business improvement program. There are better media commentators who will no doubt analyse this to death but to this blogger the cuts are just another installment in the slow decline of the standalone newspaper as a community and public service. — Larvatus Prodeo

Fairfax takes axe to bleeding heart. This is the third time in the past four years that Fairfax has instituted a major editorial slim-down. No one can say how many of – or more importantly, who, among – Fairfax’s editorial staff will go in this latest push, but it is expected to be about 120, which is between 8 and 10 per cent of the journalists at the SMH and The Age. The biggest risk of this move is that Fairfax will again lose the best of its journalists. — Mark Day, The Australian

Cuts in NZ. Following closely on the heels of the job losses announced at the Cadbury factory in Dunedin, Fairfax have announced that 165 jobs will be lost among its nine New Zealand newspapers, including The Press and the Dominion. Once again, there has been no response from the Labour Government and a deafening silence among pro-Labour bloggers. — Against the Current

Fairfax cuts a surprise, yet no surprise. The Dominion Post looks kind of odd this morning – an overseas lead, main front page pix from that behemoth of news generation, the Greymouth Star. Was there industrial strife in the newsroom last night in the wake of yesterday’s Fairfax announcement of job cuts? — Tuckr

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