Monday, 23 March 2009

Barrie ad 2

The complete Barrie Examiner ad, also posted on

"National Page Co-ordinator: Sun Media Corporate Editorial is seeking a National Page Co-ordinator to oversee the building of pages for the chain's community daily newspapers.

Reporting to Sun Media's national content manager, this editor will select the appropriate stories and build comprehensive schedules for the chain's national broadsheet news, entertainment, sports and other shared pages.

Managing a staff of layout editors, this person will also design, edit stories and rewrite headlines. Some Photoshop skills to colour correct photos may also be required. Experience working at a daily newspaper would be an asset.

This position involves working afternoons and evenings, as well as some weekends. Location will be in Barrie, Ontario. Applicants should be prepared to start their first shift on April 4, 2009.

Qualifications include: A journalism degree or diploma; Strong editing skills; A strong knowledge of InDesign CS, InCopy and Photoshop

Interested applicants should send their resumes by Friday, March 27, 2009, to the attention of: Angela Zito Supervisor, Human Resources Sun Media Corporation 333 King Street East Toronto, Ontario M5A 3X5

E-mail: Please quote reference number Tor-09-017 in the subject line."

As a TSF reader notes, the broadsheet community newspapers wording in the ad (which was not included in the e-mail from our Barrie tipster) suggests editing positions at the five Sun tabloids in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton might not be affected.

We don't know how many broadsheets and how many newsroom editing jobs will be affected. Ontario alone is top heavy with former Osprey broadsheets. Plus former Bowes newspapers in Ontario and other provinces.

The Barrie centre's workload will become known when the newsroom layoffs are totalled.

What the Barrie centre news does tell us is there is going to be a great deal of centralized sameness in Sun Media newspapers across the country.


  1. Look closely at former Osprey papers — every one has been redesigned to look exactly like the London Free Press. The reason is clear, and not just because PKP is pedantic. It's so the layout and design of each paper can be made portable and presumably moved to where ever labour is cheapest. Right now, that's Barrie. Tomorrow, who knows?

  2. I'm told that there are currently trials being run in at least one Sun daily where all page comp and desk duties are being farmed out to a firm in India.

    While the trial is running "in the background" so to speak for now, insiders tell me it is progressing well and will be rolled out in the future, thus the look-alike papers we are beginning to see resembling the London Free Press.

    It's a template being developed to carve even deeper into the very heart of newsroom employees.