[18 May/NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators]

Stuff recently decided to close its nationwide portfolio of farming publications. It was bad news for staff affected, the primary industries and the public according to President of the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists, Elaine Fisher. She said the closure affects the jobs of 12 of New Zealand’s most experienced agricultural journalists. It was believed they would have to compete for just three position Stuff had available. Ms Fisher added that those affected by the decision would be hurting as they had lost job security after working on what had been well-read and respected publications. She noted farmers and growers needed to be well-informed and they needed journalists who knew their industries to approach the Government and industry on their behalf, especially now with the prevalence of Mycoplasma bovis and the invasion of brown marmorated stink bugs. She concluded by saying the guild wished to express its sadness and support for the journalists, sales people and support staff affected.