Fairfax pulls down job ad for ‘sales rep & journalist’ position saying it was posted in error

FairfaxFairfax Media has withdrawn a job ad for a “sales representative & journalist” in its local paper division claiming it was posted as a “combined role” mistakenly.

Overnight the publisher, which has the company motto ‘independent always’, drew criticism online for the advertisement with its Australian Community Media division which appeared to cross the division between editorial and sales.

After Mumbrella contacted Fairfax the job ad was quickly taken down with a Fairfax spokesperson saying: “This position at a small weekly paper in regional NSW has been mistakenly advertised as a combined role.

“It should have been two part-time roles, one for sales, another for editorial. It is not our intention to have one person performing both functions.”

Fairfax’s local newspaper division is shedding some 80 full-time equivalent positions across Victoria in a move that would see reporters file, edit and subedit their own work across the publisher’s regional Victoria newsrooms, under the NewsNow system.

CEO of the journalist’s union the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) Paul Murphy said they were concerned about Fairfax blurring the ‘church/state’ divide between advertising and editorial.

“Blurring the lines between advertising and editorial is a concern at Fairfax and one that has been raised repeatedly with the company, most recently in the context of NewsNow being implemented across the regions,” said Murphy.

“We have grave concerns about the path the company is taking with its NewsNow roll-out. The response from the company to date has not been satisfactory, which is why we’re seeking the assistance of the Fair Work Commission in a hearing scheduled for tomorrow.”

The ad drew attention on social media with Stephen Murray tweeting “Fairfax not making a distinction between church and state (sales and editorial) in regional press”.
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Nic Christensen 

The job ad posted by Fairfax Media: Fairfax


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