Proposed closure shocks region

The Cooma-Monaro Express has been an integral part of the Monaro/Snowy Mountains community for 136 years.A proposed restructure of Fairfax Media’s publishing operations could see the possible closure of the Cooma-Monaro Express and the Summit Sun in Jindabyne.
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Fairfax has been transforming its Australian Community Media (ACM) division since late 2014, reducing its workforce and rolling out new publishing technology.

The ACT and NSW Southern Inland operating group is led by business manager Corinne Whiteman, who briefed staff on changes to a number of ACM publications last Thursday.

In a separate proposal developed for The Canberra Times, the national capital’s daily newspaper will move to a redesigned compact format for its weekday, Saturday and Sunday editions from the second half of 2016, adopting the same page size as its stablemates The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Ms Whiteman said the proposed changes at Cooma and Jindabyne were based on a detailed assessment of the needs of the business. Nevertheless, affected staff have been invited to prepare a submission outlining ways in which the business model could be enhanced to ensure the future of the papers.

News of the proposed closures was greeted with dismay by local and regional readers. The Cooma-Monaro Express office has been inundated with messages of support from local readers, with some coming to the office in tears.

The director of ACM, John Angilley, is welcoming the thoughts of readers, advertisers and members of the community on the possible closure of the local papers.

He said that feedback from the towns served by the papers would be vital as the organisation worked through the proposed changes.

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