At three papers in south-west New South Wales, Fairfax is getting rid of its subeditors. Not outsourcing them, as has been done at Fairfax's metropolitan papers, or reducing their number, as has been done just about everywhere. Under new production plans being rolled out at the Daily Advertiser, the Area News and The Irrigator, reporters will be expected to check their own copy for errors and cut it to length.
Who needs subs? Fairfax turns to reporter-only model
Can Fairfax's papers survive without subeditors? The company's giving it a red-hot go, as it entirely removes the function at three rural newspapers in New South Wales.